Barrel Making: Developments

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Several cooperages dry staves for up to four or five years. The fact that expensive barrels lose their value so quickly has initiated various schemes for barrel renewal. See also barrel inserts, inner staves, and oak chips for other ways of imbuing wine with oak flavour without having to buy new barrels.