Glamour Girl (Barrel Topping Video)
What do winemakers do in the off season? Mainly boring grunt work. Topping barrels ranks among the most important of these recurring chores. Since oak barrels are porous, we are constantly battling evaporation. Wine imperceptibly disappears, leaving room for oxygen at the top of the barrel. Regular topping displaces this space with wine, preventing unwanted oxidation. You can view this monthly exercise below. And no, I don’t do bathrooms. If you can't see the video below, click here.