(BPT) - The practice of aging wine in barrels dates back thousands of years. Romans borrowed the practice from the Gauls, who used barrels to transport beer. Winemakers soon discovered barrel aging improved the quality of wine, creating a smoother, softer taste and adding flavor.
And so it went for centuries, with winemakers continuing to evolve and perfect barrel aging. More recently, winemakers landed on a new innovation, using whiskey barrels to age wine. Contrary to popular belief, these wines don’t taste like whiskey at all. Rather, whiskey barrel aging imparts smoky notes, with a faint hint of vanilla.