The maturation of wine, whether it be in bottle or in cask, is an exceedingly interesting operation.
Rubra, and is often employed for building and for flour-barrels and cask-staves.
Common throughout the northern and middle states and Canada, the red oak attains a large size only on good soils; the wood is of little value, being coarse and porous, but it is largely used for cask-staves; the bark is a valuable tanning material.
As a rule, the supply considerably exceeds the demand, and the stock in hand at the present time amounts to roughly four years' consumption of finished wine, but to this must be added the stock existing in cask, which is considerable.
To measure the volume of a cask, it may be assumed that the interior is approximately a portion of a spheroidal figure.