Barrels of Chemistry: Decoding How Oak Affects Wine Flavor

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When it comes to aging wine, the barrel is as important as the timing. When it comes to barrels, oak is the undisputed king. Join Dr. Susan Ebeler, professor of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis as she explains how the hints of cream, smoke, spice and vanilla that hide in your wine have less to do with the grape and more to do with the wood.

What You Will Learn

  • Overview of how oak barrels are made
  • Flavor composition of oak barrels
  • Analytical methods for measuring oak composition
  • Recent research concerning the variables influencing oak composition

The Fine Print

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Meet the Expert

Susan Ebeler
UC Davis

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