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I think white oak is about the only kind used for wine barrels (I'm not sure what they call it in France). That distinctive oaky flavor and smell is white oak. Red oak doesn't have the same smell when cut. Plus, red oak is very porous and I would think not good for barrel making.

I had always smelled this growing up when firewood was cut, but I didn't realize what it was until I took up woodworking a few years ago. It's the stuff used in most of the Gustav Stickley craftsman era furniture.

I was helping some friends clear a fallen tree with chainsaws two weeks ago and I got a sudden craving for wine. It was a white oak tree.
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