Monthly Archives: 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 Law 101: Silly Alcohol Laws Edition

Every state has its own laws regarding the sale and consumption of wine and other alcohol.  Some may be legit, but others are just plain silly!  Today’s post is a light-hearted break from the heavier scientific reviews, and highlights just…

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…