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The DuMOL Dirt The building block of great winegrowing.

We share great wine with you, but we’ve never shared all the dirty details of how great wine is made...until now.

The DuMOL Dirt is a quarterly publication taking you—issue by issue—into the vineyard, under the ground, into the bottle, and onto your table. Every element, from soil to barrel and everything in between, impacts the quality of the wine.

The more you know, the more you’ll appreciate not just DuMOL, but all wine—and the land and people that grow it. That’s the goal.

From all of us at DuMOL, enjoy The Dirt.

DuMOL Dirt Issue 5

Oak Behind the Barrel

When you hear “oak barrels” do romantic thoughts of the old world come to mind? We idealize barrels for their centuries-old role in storing, transporting, and flavoring beverages—and, for the most part, they deserve the hype.

Today, barrels don’t do much transporting (no more wineskins either), but their role in aging and maturing wine is undeniable. Oak imparts complexity and texture, smoothes tannins and, of course, supplements the wine’s natural flavors.

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Sketch of Simone's portrait

How’d you like this issue of The DuMOL Dirt? If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch with Simone, our resident Writer and Chief Curiosity Officer. We’d love to hear from you.

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