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December 2007
2007 Barrel & Oak Report
The majority of wineries continue to clean barrels with water, have no reclamation systems in place, and rely on adjuncts to improve quality.
by Bill Pregler
p.c1 {text-align: justify} With the cost of new French oak barrels at $800 to $900 and beyond and with the Euro exchange rate still climbing, the cost of replacing oak is a serious concern for wineries. Preserving what you already own may be a good strategy. Maintaining barrel health helps extend barrel life and allows for expanded use of adjuncts and alternatives long after the life-span of a barrel has expired. Accordingly, the Wine Business Monthly 2007 Barrel Survey asked abou...
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