How well do you know Oak Wine Barrels ?

The world of wine is vibrant, constantly changing and ever so interesting. Everyday wine enthusiasts can learn & share their new experiences with good food & friends. So the following ‘Wine Quiz’ is a little bit of fun and learning for all - and for those a little more competitive a personal test of your wine knowledge.

● So you think you know how oak wine barrels affect wine?
● Or - You think you know different styles of oak wine barrels?

Take this short Oak Wine Barrel Quiz & find out.

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What is it about oak that no other wood type possesses - which has proven time and again to be the most compatibility with wine?

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Why originally and still to this day are oak wine barrels made in a double arched (curved) shape?

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What are the long individual pieces of wood that make up the sides of an oak wine barrel called?

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Naturally and with minimal toasting of the wood, oak can give which of the following additional notes to wine?

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When making oak wine barrels in France - typically the wood is sourced from 5 main government owned and regulated forests. 2 of these include ‘Alliers’ and ‘Limousin’, which of the following forests is the 'odd' one out?

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The slow evaporation and 'lost wine' during aging in oak barrels, which helps to intensify the flavour compounds in wine - is called what?

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The most commonly used oak wine barrels are the ‘Bordeaux’ style, which hold a volume of 225 litres. This is equivalent to which of the following?

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Barrels contribute the most aroma, colour and texture to wine in their first year of use. And these characters diminish to virtually nothing on ‘average’ in how many years of use?

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What is the name given to someone who specialises in making oak wine barrels?

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Winemakers can order oak barrels to have a certain degree of toasting (by flame) on the inside surface. The main levels of toasting are: Light, Medium, Medium Plus and Heavy. If you see a barrel in a winery and notice the letters MT - what does this mean?

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The traditional method of making oak wine barrels in France, they hand-split the oak staves and make every piece by hand - how many barrels can an experienced cooper make in one day?

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While wine is ageing in oak barrels in the cellar, the winemaker will regularly take samples to taste its development. What is the name of the ‘tool’ used to take wine samples from an oak barrel?

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