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Of course, the classic form of storing and ageing wine is the use of oak barrels, or barriques. These have been used for centuries, and it doesn’t look like much is going to change any time soon. The art of cooperage – or oak barrel production – is a highly prized one in the world of viticulture, and there’s a huge amount of money involved, with individual barrels often costing more than a thousand dollars, depending on where they are from, and what type of oak wood they are made from. The most highly sought after barrels are those made from French Oak, which come from trees planted

Our senses of smell and taste are amazing things. They can bring intense feelings of joy, sorrow, disgust and delight, as well as evoke sharp memories of times past. However, like any other part of our body and brain, they need to be trained and exercised, challenged and pushed in order to reach their full potential. If you’re interested in wine, and want to develop your palate further, there is plenty that you can do to train yourself to unlock the subtler features of your favourite bottle. Training and expanding your palate will bring you more enjoyment when it comes to drinking and experiencing wine, and will allow

Today, the bulk of grape varieties that crop up in Okanagan Valley's vineyards are a wide representation of familiar international varieties like Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and more. But as a discerning fan of the region's wines, you'll probably have seen other names like Vidal Blanc or Marechal Foch on wine labels. These varieties are known as hybrids and for many decades, they dominated Okanagan's vineyards. But what are hybrids and why are they important to Okanagan Valley's winemaking legacy? Join us as we take a look. Most grapes used in wine production come from the species vitis vinifera. Hybrid grapes are born by crossing v. vinifera and other