ArticleBeyond the BarrelWritten by Andrew ReudinkIf a barrel isn’t in your immediate winemaking plans — or if your barrel has been filled so many times it has become neutral in oak character — there are many other options on the market in the forms of oak alternatives. Get to know the options to see which may be best for your cellar.Already a member? Log InYou'll Also Like Article FREE Lifespan of a Wine Barrel Wine barrels are constantly changing. Each time one is filled it will lose some characteristics and, eventually after enough uses, it will go neutral. How you use a barrel should change over time also. Article FREE Prepping Your First Barrel Tips for beginners on how to prepare their first barrel.