Sharing the Passion for Wine

WiB is an online community of wine enthusiasts. Join us and you will be able to Add, rate and recommend wines and wineries; Send and receive wine recommendations; Manage your wine collection and Create a wishlist of wines you want to try.


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Member Announcements

  • Hi members:-)
    Can someone tell me, where I can buy wines from Starocel in Varna?

    07 Mar 2012 - Kai


  • We have (finally) added dessert and sparkling wines.

    07 May 2010 - demiro


  • New feature is added that allows you to add a website address in your profile. Now you can get some move visits for you blog or website.

    08 Jan 2010 - demiro


  • New "hi-tech" report for wines by price and search in the reading room and entities - now available.

    22 Apr 2009 - demiro


  • VINARIA 2009 is open from 18 till 21 of March. This is the International Exhibition of Vine-Growing and Wine Producing. We will be there. How about you?

    14 Mar 2009 - demiro


  • Don't miss our new Reading Room section in the main site menu.

    30 Jan 2009 - demiro

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The use of wine barrels (especially oak barrels) to store and age wine is a centuries old tradition (and solution). Wine aged in oak barrels is enhanced with the addition of vanilla and oak overtones. Wooden Wine Barrels also allow for a small amount of evaporation of the contents during the aging period. French Oak was considered especially desirable wood for making wine barrels for many years. Most French Oak comes from one or more of the forests that were planted in the days of Napoleon for shipbuilding. Five primary forests used for wine barrel production are Allier, Limousin, Nevers, Trancais and Vosges. Each of these forests produces wood with distinctive characteristics involving tightness of the wood grain as well as the amount of oak flavors that are imparted to the wine. Tight grained wood tends to impart the Oak characteristics (vanilla, spice and butter flavors) much more slowly than wood with looser grain. Winemakers select wood for their wine barrels from different forests for the effect on the finished wine.