Originally Posted by cholloway
Whiskey barrels can only be used once in the U.S.
Some are sold overseas for scotch etc.
Others are cut up for smoking or made into furniture.
How many times can a wine barrel be used for wine?
Vintners use a percentage of new barrels for each process. If you are talking California chardonnay... they use a lot of new french oak.
The Cali Chard is just now rebounding from these types of schmucks. The REAL difference between American and French barrels is the process. French uses fire to bend the staves which gives a heavy char. American barrels are assembled, then milled, then charred for effect. Leave it to us to take the romance out of any thing.