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April 2013
Oak Alternatives: Refined Tools
by Curtis Phillips
Almost every winemaker uses oak alternatives. Currently, pretty much every red wine with a shelf price under $20 per bottle produced in the United States has been made using oak alternatives. Even for the over $20 per bottle price, a lot of wines are “tuned” by the addition of oak and/or enological tannin. Quite understandably, few winemakers want to publicly admit to using them on the grounds that consumers would view any such use as cheating or “cutting-corners” rather ...
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