Tag Archives: barrel shortage

Has Wine Finally Left The Oak Barrel Behind?

Wine hasn’t always been aged in oak barrels. In fact, wine greatly predates the oak barrels, and the advent of the oak wine barrel was primarily transportation-driven (you can read more about that on a past blog series). Other early tanks-of-the-trade were ceramic or clay. While these tools did a good job of protecting the […] Read More »

When Winemaking ‘Alternatives’ Become a Staple

The wine business is constantly evolving and, for the most part, winemakers are very open to innovation and new products – especially if they make their jobs easier and more cost effective without compromising the quality of the product. It is no surprise when innovative or supplemental products that have proved their worth become a […] Read More »

Make Waves with Oak Staves

There are a lot of ways to add flavor to your wine other than the traditional oak barreling process, and there are a lot of flavors to explore other than oak. But, if you’re stuck on oak and don’t have a barrel at your disposal (and who does these days!), you’re in luck. Oak alternatives […] Read More »

Sudden Oak Death and the Wine Barrel Shortage

It’s a widely known fact these days that oak barrels are rare and being sold at a premium. It’s an issue affecting winemakers, brewers and distillers alike. In a previous post, we cited Sudden Oak Death as a partial cause for the nation’s continued shortage of oak barrels. But what exactly is Sudden Oak Death […] Read More »