Tag Archives: downfalls to oak barrels

The Chardonnay Renaissance

If you consider yourself a wine-lover or if you’ve ever muttered the words “I prefer red wines,” chances are you have rolled your eyes at a Chardonnay before. At the end of the 1990’s, the population seemed to have had enough of Chardonnay. We judged and even shamed Chardonnay lovers and opted for Pinot Grigio […] 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 »

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 »