Wine Stories - Oak Aging

May 16, 2019, 06:02 PM

Brian Demay and sommelier Steve Tartaglia tackle the origin and history of oak aging. From oak casks which transported wine in horse-drawn carriages across Europe to the oak barrels which traversed the ocean, it has played a huge part in the story of wine. Brian considers it a "happy accident" that we used oak to store wine, considering how it is the perfect vehicle to smooth out the flavors and introduce just enough oxygen to age it gently. The differences between French and American oak are also discussed, and we taste two examples of Cabernet from Sonoma's Alexander Valley, one which utilizes only American oak barrels (Silver Oak 2014 Cabernet) and one which uses 100% French oak barrels (Stonestreet 2015 Cabernet).