You may have overheard people going so far as to discuss the relative merits of French oak versus American oak. I admire those people. I’m just not one of them. If you want to become one of those people, here is my suggestion. And I’m serious now.
Head down to your local grocery store or wine shop and pick out two bottles of similar-style wine, one with oak and one without. You’ll have to read the labels carefully to make this determination. I suggest you choose a Chardonnay because that seems to be the favorite grape for oaking.
Invite some friends over and have a wine tasting. Or you can drink both bottles yourself. Either way, remember that red wine is served at room temperature and white wine should be chilled. You could make some notes—and even leave a comment below, since you’ve read this far.
Speaking of chilled wine, this bottle is almost empty, so please excuse me while I head out to the front yard and grab another. Happy Holidays!