Letting Oak Chips Out of the Bag
It's time to bring oak alternatives further out in the open. Continuing to hide these very common winemaking tools invites the wine trade and the public to conclude that there is something wrong with barrel staves, oak chips, balls, spirals and sticks. But there is nothing inherently wrong. They're naturally grown, they're not carcinogenic, they're good for the environment and they can taste great, as Tina Caputo points out in her lead story for this issue (page 22).
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