ArticleSmall Batch BarrelsWritten by Jeff ShoemakerBarrels offer a lot more benefits to wine than just oak taste and tannins, but full-size barrels are often out of reach for the home winemaker. Smaller barrels that are more home winemaker-friendly pose some nuances when it comes to wood-to-wine ratio, but they offer the same benefits when you know how to use them.Already a member? Log InYou'll Also Like Article FREE Prepping Your First Barrel Tips for beginners on how to prepare their first barrel. Article FREE Oak Yeah!? When and why to add oak to wine Adding oak to a wine can add an amazing depth of character or it can detract from the fruit. Learn some keys to managing the oak in your wine.