Growing & Winemaking

 

Using Staves as Add-Ins

October 2009
 
by Alan Goldfarb
 
Barrel staves oak alternative
 
A neutral barrel is outfitted with toasted, barrel-length oak staves, which impart an oak flavor that resembles extraction from a new barrel.
Just as the current recession has forced vintners to try new pricing and marketing strategies to cope with diminished demand for fine wines, it also has prompted them to innovate in their cellars to accomplish cost savings. The challenge is not compromising quality in the process.
 

 
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