Why oak matters in winemaking

Kristene King Thrall

duration4:16 mins

Lesson Details

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

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