OAK BARRELS VS. OAK ALTERNATIVES

 

 

 The romance of a damp cellar lined with oak barrels is, for some, part of the magic of wine. A winemaker hovering over a small opening, wine thief in hand, conveys the idea of wine as an art rather than a science. That image, however, doesn’t always match the economic realities of today’s wine, which has led to a variety of alternatives.

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