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December 2006
2006 Barrel and Oak Report
Use of alternatives continues to increase, not only as a means of cost-cutting but also as a new tool for producing quality wine.
by Bill Pregler
The North American wine industry, facing an increasingly competitive international market, continues to seek a balance between quality derived from traditional winemaking practices and getting wines to market quickly and cost-effectively. Results from the 2006 Wine Business Monthly Barrel and Oak Survey show that wineries overall are decreasing their use of barrels and are increasing their use of alternatives, including micro-oxygenation. The survey indicates that small wineries, in particular,...
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