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Oak is a wondrous wood that is used by winemakers to impart flavor, color, tannins, and texture to the wine as it ages and readies itself to be drunk and enjoyed. Oak plays a very important role in the winemaking process thanks to its chemical properties, which can impart diverse flavors ranging from coconut to dill!

In this online lesson, sommelier Kristene King Thrall explains the role of oak in winemaking.

What you'll learn in the Why oak matters in winemaking lesson

  • Why oak is used for wine barrels
  • The differences between French, American, and Eastern European oak
  • What oak staves are and how they are used
  • How different oak types impart flavors

Who the Wine knowledge essentials course is for

Servers and bartenders, it’s time to release your inner somm! Sharpen up your service skills and up your wine game with help from the world’s best.


Kristene King Thrall

Kristene King Thrall is a sommelier and Director of Training at Louie’s Wine Dive in Kansas City. As a wine educator, she is passionate about introducing diners to new and exciting brands.

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