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Hi Harvey Jamison and this is my personal blog. It's pretty surprising how much of an effect the choice of a wine barrel has on the aging, taste, and the overall quality of a vintage wine. Despite all the advances that have been made in modern technology, there is still no substitute for the old-fashioned time intensive craftsmanship of a barrel being made skillfully by the hands of an accomplished cooper. Anyway please have a look around my site and don't be afraid to drop me a line sometime!

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An Overview on Wooden Barrels for Sale

Wooden barrels for sale are generally available in a variety of types including cherry, chestnut, walnut, pine, redwood and oak. However, oak remains to be superior than the rest. For thousands of years, oak has become the most preferred material for wooden barrels for sale. Oak’s ability to mix its own flavor with the original taste of grape wines is surpassed by no other barrel. Thus, wines aged in oak wooden barrels for sale are often richer and more complex than those aged in other types of wooden barrels for sale. In addition, winery experts acknowledge the big contribution that these oak wooden barrels for sale play in the satisfactory turnout of the wine ageing process.

Two types of French oak (Quercus robur or Quercus sessiliflora) or one type of American oak (Quercus alba) can be used in building wooden barrels for sale. Bordeaux barrels that are expected to hold around 60 gallons of wine and are usually the end products for French oaks. French oaks can also be made into wooden for barrels for sale to hold and store cabernet sauvignon, merlot and pinot noir. American oak wooden barrels for sale are suited for storing all types of wine.

Oak trees grow well in areas where forests are cool but dry. Thus, the French forests of Troncais, Vosges and Nevers serve as excellent homes for the prized oak trees. Minnesota and Iowa in the US, Canada and Hungary also feature forests that are suitable for growing oak trees intended to be used in building wooden barrels for sale. The climate in these forests is conducive to the growth of trees with tight rings. Oak trees with tight rings can easily integrate their own distinct flavor with the taste of the wine. When the flavor of oak trees seeps through the wine, the wine becomes richer and more appealing.

As soon as the oak trees have already been cut and prepared, the most crucial process they need to go through is the cooperage, the actual process of barrel-making. The craftsmanship of the cooper, or the barrel-maker, plays a crucial role on how the entire process will turn out to be. When the barrels are not properly constructed, oak may end up producing off-flavors that will also mix with the original flavors of the wine. Thus, your wines will no longer taste as rich as you expect them to. In addition, barrel staves can be bent over steam or over fire. Once the ageing process for some wines has already been completed in the wooden barrels for sale, the fermentation process will also start in steel tanks. However, for some wines, fermentation still has to be done in the wooden barrels due to the flavor improvement that fermentation in oak can stimulate.

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