Oak is, of course, used as a storage and aging vessel for wine and has been done for centuries; but the use of new oak as a flavoring element for white wines is a generally recent development. I mean, who would want all that toasty, spicy, vanilla-laden wood in their wines. Evidently, you!
There are many white wines that are more or less oaky, and even I can appreciate a bit of oak here and there, but it can get confusing. And the truth is that oaky wines come in so many guises that it can be difficult to move from one to another without getting a bit lost among all the choices. Let’s try to fix that.
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