In a world full of green juice, acai bowls, and whole-grain everything, we as consumers are bombarded with all things “natural.” ”Regular,” non-organic food and beverages just don’t make the cut anymore. We’ve been molded by the market to feel some sort of shame, a guilt, even, when purchasing that non-organic bag of apples or “regular” […]
In these naturally-focused times, the idea of organic wine is sexy, and it’s no mystery why. Just the word “biodiversity” has a nice ring to it. But it’s not just a word. Practicing biodiversity in the vineyard means using nature’s own cycles and rhythms to promote growth. It means choosing natural options over synthetic or […]
You may have heard the term ”natural wine” floating around. It’s not a new trend, though it seems to be getting more and more entrenched in mainstream wine-drinking culture. So we thought we’d break it down for you. Since the green movement of the late ’90s, we have gone through a few phases in wine. […]
There is a new buzzword floating around in the world of wine lovers: “grower Champagne.” In order to explain what this refers to, let’s take a trip through the usual Champagne-making process. The majority of the Champagne you see on a wine shelf near you is made by what are called houses.
Is there anything more fetishized in foodie culture than foraging? It hits all the requirements inherent in the social media-happy culinary cognoscenti: it’s highly inconvenient, wildly impractical, looks better on little screens than in real life, is susceptible to the vagaries of Mother Nature, requires an incredibly nerdy and detailed skill-and-tool-set and requires (or wastes, […]
There are no absolutes when it comes to wine, and the magic of turning fruit into alcoholic bliss only serves to surround this science-based business with mythological status. In fact, untruths about wine are as common as gossip about Kim K’s booty and Gisele Bunchen’s workout routine. We’ve all heard that the “rules” of wine […]
“Contains sulfites” is a fairly off-putting statement on a bottle of wine that you hope to enjoy with a meal, gift to a friend, or share with a loved one. Um, you mean, there’s chemicals in here? So, are they bad for me—is that why wine sometimes gives me headaches? And can wine be made […]
Yes, wine is liquid grapes. But thinking of that magic elixir in such simple terms is like calling stalks of wheat bread. A veritable ton of complex processes happen to grapes before you drink their liquid essence, and not all of them are natural. Like bread, wine is a shelf stable product originally intended to […]
California’s current drought is in its 4th year, and as NASA and other governing bodies declare a State of Emergency and decry the lack of water in the Golden State in the style of Chicken Little, the sky is not falling–at least not for many of the state’s grape growers.