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Thursday 26 November 2015


‘Sauvignon Blanc needs oak to go to next level’

Oak use may be key to Sauvignon Blanc reaching its full potential, Richard Bampfield MW has said.

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 2 Comments »

Antonini: ‘We don’t need barrels’

A leading wine consultant has hit out at the widespread reliance on oak barrels in high quality wine, calling on producers to look at alternatives to the Bordeaux “recipe”.

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 1 Comment »

Rival oak bottle enters wine market

A wooden bottle that aims to replicate the effects of oak ageing has entered the market to rival the Pinocchio Barrique Bottle, launched on Kickstarter in January.

Monday, March 30th, 2015 2 Comments »

Lanson uses oak to up Champagne quality

Lanson has started using oak vats to improve the quality of its future Brut NV Champagne, according to the brand’s new cellar master, Hervé Danton.

Friday, February 27th, 2015 1 Comment »

‘Barrel ageing’ oak wine bottle to launch

An oak bottle which promises to replicate the effects of ageing wine in barrels at home has been launched on crowdfunding website Kickstarter.

Friday, January 30th, 2015 11 Comments »

Concha y Toro returns to style of the ‘70s

Concha y Toro winemaker Marcelo Papa is keen to go back to the style of wines made by the company in the ‘70s by picking earlier and using less oak.

Monday, January 26th, 2015 No Comments »

Experts debate oak use for Sauvignon Blanc

Complexity or a car crash? The use of oak when vinifying Sauvignon Blanc proved one of the most contentious areas of discussion in The Drinks Business Sauvignon Blanc Masters.

Monday, October 27th, 2014 1 Comment »

DNA oak testing aims to prevent fraud

Scientists have developed “genotyping technology” capable of identifying different oak species to ensure barrels match their stated origin.

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 No Comments »

Chilean producer trials native beech

Chilean wine producer De Martino is trialling wooden maturation vessels made from the country’s native tree, the raulí beech.

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 No Comments »

Rioja producer explores oak alternatives

Bodegas Tobía is seeking to create a “new type of Rioja” by looking beyond oak to explore the impact of different types of wood on the region’s white grape varieties.

Thursday, June 12th, 2014 1 Comment »

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