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Oenophiles participating in a tasting workshop.

Oenophiles participating in a tasting workshop.

 

AŸ, FRANCE — Want to start a fight at a wine tasting? Just mention “oak.”
Few issues get wine lovers as worked up as the question of whether to ferment or age wine in wooden barrels, usually made of oak. Doing so can help mellow the wine and add structure, richness and complexity. Done with a heavy hand, it can also smother the wine with the vanilla-like flavor of oak, obscuring its fruit, freshness and origins.

The use of oak increased in the 1980s and ’90s as winemakers around the world responded to consumer demand and critical acclaim for ripe, powerful reds and plump, buttery whites. Then came the backlash. Now things have swung so far that some self-consciously trendy wine drinkers recoil in mock horror at any hint of wood, extolling the virtues of wines made in vats of stainless steel or other neutral materials.

Dining at a fashionable organic restaurant in London not long ago, I overheard a woman at the neighboring table tell her partner, “Mmm, this is a good chardonnay; it must have been unoaked” – as if that grape variety grew on trees, making oak removal one of the necessary stages in the production of a good chardonnay.

But when it comes to oak, at least one wine region, Champagne, is — forgive me — going against the grain. And you will find no stronger champion of oak than Claude Giraud, who runs Champagne Henri Giraud, a medium-size, family-owned producer in the grand cru village of Aÿ.

 

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Safe s...., I mean drinking!

Can this be safe?

 

New research has found that there is little agreement between countries on what is considered safe or sensible levels of alcohol consumption.
Psychologists from the University of Sussex researched government advice on drinking in 57 different countries, including all 27 EU member states.

The research found there was a “remarkable lack of agreement” about many different aspects of advice on alcohol consumption. Advice differed between countries about what constitutes harmful or excessive drinking, whether it is safe for women to drink as much as men and also on drink-driving.

Dr Richard de Visser and Nina Furtwangler conducted the research, which has been published this month in the Drug and Alcohol Review.

 

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