• All the Ways Wood Affects Your Wine, Explained

    2 monthes ago - By Vine Pair

    Oak is winemakers' salt. Used correctly, it can increase the intensity and complexity of wine, add attractive flavors, and elongate the finish. When it comes to “seasoning” wine with oak, winemakers have several options - and very different intentions.
    In white wines, oak can impart notes of vanilla, butterscotch, and caramel; in reds, oak adds smoke, tobacco, leather, and chocolate. Just as a chef must take care not to be heavy-handed with salt, winemakers need to ensure that oak flavors don't become overpowering, drowning out the wine's freshness and fruit.
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