Tag Archives: barrels and oxidization

Stainless Steel: Does it Age Like Oak?

Oak barrels were not the winemaking standard for centuries just because they look pretty. Early winemakers found that oak barrels were particularly well suited for flavoring and rounding/concentrating. As modern winemakers contemplate and embrace stainless steel wine barrels, they wonder how this wine barrel measures up in these two areas. Oak alternatives do the flavoring […] Read More »

‘Topping Off’ with Stainless Steel Wine Barrels

Even the wine makers who have not seen the light that is the stainless steel wine barrel make use of our “alternative” vessels for topping off. Topping off a wine barrel refers to adding wine to a barrel to make up for the wine that has evaporated. Oak barrels aren’t completely airtight, so evaporation is […] Read More »