You know the deal; the more some folks learn about a topic, the more shortcuts/slang/acronyms/initials/technical jargon can be tossed around. I’m here to help you understand those sometimes mysterious words and phrases, thus – Wine Words Demystified!
This week’s word is Cooperage…
According to Karen MacNeil‘s The Wine Bible:
“Containers a winery uses for storing wine, usually barrels or wooden cask, though the term cooperage can also apply to concrete or stainless steel vessels”
This is actually one of the words, I had NO idea of the what the meaning was of when I first got into wine. The term derives from the “cooper”, an individual who makes or repairs wooden containers. From a practical point of view it just refers to the barrels in which wine is aged.