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May 2012
The Complexities of Barrels
Integrating the microbiological and chemical components of wine and barrels into a winemaking practice
by Eric Stern
  Although wine has been a part of human civilization for more than 7,400 years, the barrel’s appearance is more modern. Historic evidence suggests that barrels began to supplant ceramic vessels or amphorae by the third century A.D. Archaeological evidence in the form of iron tools used to craft barrels is linked to Celtic sites dated to about 100 B.C. Although the barrel made the transport of wine easier, it also had an unintended impact because it allowed wine to oxidize. Wine...
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