The Cost of Wine

I wrote previously about our tour around the Italian castle style winery. During that tour we were stood in the barrel lined cellars as the guide discussed the aging process. She mentioned the cost of the barrels, but observed that each one could be used twice. A quick exercise in mental arithmetic resulted in my realizing that the cost of the barrel spread out across each bottle produced was about two dollars. 

It is possible to buy wine here in California for two dollars a bottle; Trader Joe’s sells the most famous example – Two Buck Chuck. It is clear that they are not using French Oak Barrels to age that wine. I mentioned that to the guide and she explained that cheaper wines age in massive stainless steel vats and use oak chips or liquid oak extract in lieu of using real oak casks. 

Published in: on 24 June, 2012 at 10:36  Comments (1)  

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  1. Liquid oak extract? Ew!

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