Oak and Wine – A Brief History

Happy accidents-Sometimes something great happens by accident. Penicillin. A goal by Emile Heskey. Wine. When grapes are crushed together, in the right circumstances, an alcoholic fermentation will occur which will turn the sugar in the fruit into alcohol. It probably wouldn’t taste very nice, but it would be wine.
With this happy accident comes a problem: how do we best keep the wine? Two solutions were found, clay amphora and palm wood barrels. We don’t really know which came first but in the generations that followed, wood became increasingly popular to the point where clay was no longer used. Although both clay and wood solved the immediate problem of transportation and storage, it was felt that wood, in addition to storing the wine well, actually could improve the quality of the product.  READ MORE

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