I get asked all the time: What’s the big deal about oak barrels in wine? The background and a primer on oak barrels are here, but what does a winemaker consider when using used oak barrels versus new? So I asked the winemaker where I work — Foppiano Vineyards — and Natalie West had this to say. Have a question you’d like to ask a winemaker? I have access. Email Email me your queries.
Taylor is a self-proclaimed Southern foodie, turned Californian food, wine, and gardening hipster.