Barrel Making

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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barrel making, involves far more than mere mechanics and the ability to fashion a watertight container out of nothing but bent wood. As outlined in detail in wood influence, every stage of barrel manufacture has an impact on wine matured in that barrel. First, the tree is cut down, usually during the autumn or winter when the sap is down. coopers usually buy long sections of trunk, from trees that are ideally over 100 years old, and then the process that turns logs into stave wood begins.

M.K.

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