Jan 2007 Issue of Wine Business Monthly
International French Ban Oak Chips The INAO (L'Institut National des Appellations d'Origine) has decided to continue its ban on the use of oak chips in all appellation contrôlée wines. The ban is on the grounds that the use of oak chips is not appropriate for these wines because its use is likely to mask the terroir (sense of place)-the central tenet on which the appellation contrôlée system is built. The renewal of the ban is in response to the European Union's directive 1507/2006, cove...
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