All About Oak – The Business of Barrels

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Not all wine barrels are the same. There are lots of choices – The source of the wood, toast levels and cooperage techniques are just a few. Wine makers must even decided which style of barrel would best match each varietal. The impact of these decision can greatly impact the the final product.

Todays guest Gary Crowe, President of Northwest Cooperage talks about the business of barrels and how important the proper selection of barrels can be to the output of fine wine.

Get more info about todays guest: Northwest Cooperage @ www.frenchoakbarrels.com

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4 Responses to “All About Oak – The Business of Barrels”


  1. 1 750ml Aug 29th, 2005 at 12:34 pm

    Anyone who cares about wine needs to hear this one. It’s easy-to-understand, yet incredibly descriptive about the often-confusing topic of oak. Thanks, guys. It was one of the most valuable things I’ve come across in my wine education.

    750ml.blogspot.com

  2. 2 Domenico Bettinelli Sep 10th, 2005 at 11:08 am

    I was just wondering the other day about wines that claim they were aged in American oak or French oak. Now I know more than I ever thought I would and it was very entertaining. Thanks.

  3. 3 Administrati Sep 10th, 2005 at 1:04 pm

    Great wines come from both American and French Oak. Your favorite will depend on your taste. I prefer French Oak but many great wines like Caymus come from American Oak.

    Brian Clark

  4. 4 Jared Jaimison Sep 12th, 2005 at 10:39 am

    Mr. Crowe was extremely knowledgeable. The information from French forests to American bottles is presented in a very relaxed fashion (which is appealing to me as I enjoy wine while I listen). This interview is quite entertaining and a must hear for any serious wine drinker. I agree with the other post that some wines aged in American Oak are good, but the percentage compared to the good/great wines aged in French Oak are miniscule. Thank you GrapeRadio!

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