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Wine barrels remain popular, but some producers moving to alternatives

Wine barrels remain popular, but some producers moving to alternatives | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
While most visitors expect to see barrels when they get a behind-the-scenes look at how wine is made, they're not as universal as people might think.
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American oak not inferior to French

American oak not inferior to French | Grande Passione | Scoop.it

“The Building Blocks of Rioja”, a tasting was conducted by Beronia’s head winemaker Matías Calleja to highlight the effect of two different sources of wood on the same wine.

One sample contained a Rioja Reserva from the 2011 vintage which had spent 10 months in 100% American oak, while another was exactly the same except it had been aged for an identical period in 100% French oak.

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Cosmetic Surgery for Barrels

Cosmetic Surgery for Barrels | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
“People have had poor experiences in the past with purported barrel-rejuvenation technology,” says Wickham. He thinks previous developers “haven’t applied technology and accuracy to their techniques. That technology now exists.”
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Winemakers and Suppliers Debate Oak Products

Winemakers and Suppliers Debate Oak Products | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
 


Napa, Calif.—It definitely wasn’t Ali versus Frazier or even Pacquiao versus Mayweather for that matter.

Rather than a knockdown brawl, the seminar Barrels vs. Alternatives was more of a sedate conversation about the advantages of the time-tested, traditional barrel compared to the new uses of oak barrel alternatives.

Hosted by the French American Chamber of Commerce at the Napa Valley Country Club on June 23, the session was the third such conference about wine and winemaking organized
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DNA Tests Defeats Wine Barrel Fraud | Wine News & Features

DNA Tests Defeats Wine Barrel Fraud | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
DNA Tests Defeats Wine Barrel Fraud. French scientists have made tracing the exact origin of a winery's barriques, foudres and demi-muids easier.
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Elevage des vins : Comment alléger son budget barriques ?

Elevage des vins : Comment alléger son budget barriques ? | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
L’élevage des vins en barrique représente un coût non négligeable pour les producteurs. Le prix moyen d’une barrique de 225 l en chêne français se situe entre 600 et 650 €. Ramené à la bouteille, ce seul investissement se traduit par un coût de 0,7 à 0,8 € par bouteille pour une utilisation de la barrique sur trois ans. Sans compter tous les frais liés au travail d’élevage (ouillage, bâtonnage, entretien des barriques….) et les pertes en volume de vin. Des solutions existent pour alléger ce budget, Vitisphère a exploré quelques unes des possibilités disponibles sur le marché.
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