So, here's a Zoom event that even bourbon people may want to join: 2016 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Virtual Release Day The reason is evident from the list for guests which includes: • Julian P. Van Winkle III (Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery) • Vinnie Cilurzo (Russian River Brewing) • Trey Zoeller (Jefferson's Bourbon) • Clay Risen (author of American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s Favorite Spirit) The topic is: American Oak: From California to Kentucky. So, the discussion apparently will be focused (at least in part) on the American oak barrels used in aging bourbons. There will be an intial discussion of Silver Oak's new Cab release and then the discussion of American Oak. It's free and scheduled for Sat Feb 6th at 1pm (PST) and if it's not to your liking, you can obviously just sign out. Update: I "attended" the Webinar today and, while interesting, the panel didn't really say all that much that would inform anyone about how they go about choosing/selecting casks to use in aging/flavoring their bourbons but it was interesting to see the faces behind the names of Jefferson Ocean and Pappy Van Winkle. Was interesting to hear Trey Zoeller say why he chose to "age" his bourbon on the ocean; the movement of the bourbon in the barrels while at sea apparently affects its flavor. On the other hand, Julian Winkle really didn't say anything about how he goes about making his bourbon but did reveal that the people at Buffalo Trace have more to do w/the casking than he does. Don't think I'll ever have the pleasure of tasting any Pappy in my lifetime but the discussion did pique my interest in trying some Jefferson's Ocean just to see if I taste any difference in their unique aging method.