How Oak Makes—Or Breaks—A Wine

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How Oak Makes—Or Breaks—A Wine

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SOME WINE LOVERS fear it. Many winemakers overdo it. And most every wine merchant and sommelier spends lots of time explaining it. I’m talking about the relationship between wine and oak, a perennial hot topic in the wine world.

Wine has been matured in oak barrels for centuries, of course; some of the greatest wines in the world are aged in oak, sometimes for several years. Yet a backlash against oak has been building for decades, and it seems to have gained momentum in recent years. More and more winemakers have either…

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