Your First Wine Barrel Choosing and Using ’11


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CHOOSING & USING WINE BARRELS – Buying a wine barrel can be intimidating not to mention expensive. American or French? What toasting level? What size? How do you take care of it?  And what techniques should you use once your wine is in there? Barrel questions answered by a man who works with barrels everyday, Kenwood Vineyards Senior Winemaker Pat Henderson.

PAT HENDERSON is the Senior Winemaker at Kenwood Vineyards in the Sonoma Valley. In addition to his work at Kenwood, he is also a winemaking instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College where he has taught since 1991. Pat is a graduate of the Viticulture and Enolgy program at the University of California at Davis. After graduation he worked in both the Napa and Sonoma Valleys before taking his first position as Head Winemaker at Hedges Cellars in Washington State in 1995. He has also written articles for WineMaker magazine and Practical Winery & Vineyard as well as co-authored the book “About Wine.”



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