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10 Dec 2004 by JR
oak Introduction Oak is a hard, supple, and watertight wood , which has the simple advantage over other wood types used for cooperage of displaying a natural affinity with wine, imparting qualities and flavours that today's consumers appreciate as enhancing or complementing those of many wines. Oak in general is one of the strongest of the common hardwoods of the temperate northern hemisphere. As well as being particularly good at holding liquids, oak is also physically easy to work, encouraging clarity and stability in red wines and adding new layers of complexity to many whites. There are hundreds of species of...

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