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Saturday 25 October 2014

oak

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 »

Philipponnat gets ‘grand marque’ look

Philipponnat has redesigned the label of its Royal Réserve Brut to reflect the Champagne’s improved quality and provide a link to its past appearance.

Friday, February 21st, 2014 No Comments »

Champagne Lanson to trial oak

Lanson is to trial wood casks for fermenting and ageing its wines from this year’s harvest, after the successful use of oak for its soon to be released Clos Lanson single vineyard Champagne.

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 No Comments »

Bo Barrett: New oak “kills” flavour

The chief winemaker at Château Montelena has spoken out against American winemakers’ overuse of new oak, saying it “kills” the flavour.

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 1 Comment »

Shades made from wine barrels launched

Robert Mondavi Winery has collaborated with California-based sunglasses maker Woodzee on a pair of shades crafted from old wine barrels.

Thursday, November 21st, 2013 No Comments »

American oak not inferior to French

A Rioja masterclass in London proved that, despite the greater expense, French oak doesn’t always give better results than American barrels.

Thursday, August 29th, 2013 1 Comment »

Lower alcohol wines a response to Aussie success

The trend for lower alcohol wines in Europe is a response to the global success of Australia’s rich, ripe reds, according to the chief winemaker of Wolf Blass.

Monday, July 29th, 2013 No Comments »

Coopers suffering from trend for unoaked wines

The global trend for unoaked wines is hitting coopers hard; with one barrel maker admitting to 20% sales loses over the last four years.

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 No Comments »

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