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April 2010
Industry Roundtable: Barrel Alternatives
How they are made and best used in a winemaking program
by Lance Cutler
In the history of wine, is there a more romantic image than that of a barrel, lit in golden light, perhaps with a glass of red wine? Oak barrels evoke all of the history, tradition and romance of the fine wine business. It’s as if we sense that the magic that ends up in the bottle starts in the fecund recesses of an oak barrel. That is changing. For the past 20 years, barrel alternatives have been evolving, until nowadays, when they are used more and more in the fine wine business. With b...
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