The Paglione Estate Winery is located in Ontario Canada and the cold weather can make growing crops a challenge. Accelerating the aging process with smaller barrels is a useful method in cold-climate wine areas like Canada where significant grape loss can occur in any given year. Some wineries use smaller oak vessels to aid in getting the wine to taste like an aged wine that’s been oak aged for years but in a shorter amount of time. Downsized barrels (about half the size of the 59-gallon barrels you might find in California) allow wine from the abundant years to be bottled sooner and put on shelves more quickly. That realization led Joel to begin developing the Chicago-based “Oak Bottle” in 2013.
Joel is passionate about making the aging process simple, fast and cost effective for everyone. His mission is to pioneer the world of custom aged wine, spirits, beer, and cocktails so that everyone can enjoy the taste of that expensive vintage or that top shelf whiskey but at a price point they can afford. “We think everyone should have access to traditional barrel aging techniques” – Joel Paglione