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The Oak That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Aug 2002 Issue of Wine Business Monthly
From staves to dust, oak is sold in many other forms besides barrels. But people don't always like to talk about it. There is a hush to the process, as Ken Fugelsang found out. Fugelsang, Fresno State's winemaster, said he had a hard time getting wineries to talk about oak alternatives for a recent barrel symposium."You wouldn't believe how many wineries I had to call," he said. "Very few people want to talk about barrel alternatives."Bob Rogers, president of Innerstave, holds two grades of oak ...
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