In praise of chips and microx
Bob Kreisher, GrapeCraft Wines, California: I would like to state, with all due respect, that you are mistaken about the role of [oak] chips and microx in the production of wine [in last Saturday’s Tough times for coopers ]. First of all, they are used in a multitude of top wines of the world - Bordeaux first growths, Supertuscans, Napa, Australia, you name it. There is, admittedly, a great deal of dishonesty among many of the users (Michael Havens being an exception). I do believe it originated with the fact that Patrick Ducournau and his associates did develop the technique in Madiran. Not...
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