Month: June 2011

Oak Barrels vs. Oak Chips: The Showdown

http://www.precisionmonitoring.com/images/BarrelCellar.jpg One major cost associated with producing wine is the cost of the barrel in which it is fermented and/or aged.  A brand new American oak barrel in 2011 costs roughly $400, while a brand new French oak barrel in…

Wine Does a Body Good? Effects of Alcohol Consumption on Bone Mineral Density in Adults

So far in this blog, I’ve presented current research showing positive associations between moderate wine consumption and better cognitive function/memory, as well as cardiovascular protective effects.  I’ve also presented some negative associations between alcohol/wine consumption and In Vitro Fertilization success.…

China: The Next Leader in the Wine Industry?

A French Bordeaux…an Oregon Pinot…an Argentinean Malbec…a Chinese Merlot? When you think of top wine producing and consuming nations, you think of France, Italy, the United States, etc.  European history is steeped in wine, as is the United States, South…