Understanding Oak in the Wine World


oak_wine.jpgDid you know that there are about 400 species of oak, but only about 20 are used in making oak barrels in the wine world. Of the trees that are used, only 5% is suitable for making high grade wine barrels. The average age of a French oak tree harvested for use in wine barrels is 170 years! Oak was first used to store wine during the Roman empire when it was seen to soften the wines and in some cases even make the wines better tasting.


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