“Bordeaux comes with a lot of baggage,” says James Sligh, sommelier at much-loved New York wine bar La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels.
To enjoy buying and drinking wine means we have to willfully succumb to certain fictions. We pretend, for instance, that we know what the juice inside the bottle will taste like. We do so based on visual clues from the words and art we see on the label, or if we previously tasted another bottle […]
The Gwyneth Paltrow effect is real. Americans are paying more attention than ever to organic and biodynamic products. More than 80 percent of us buy organic products for our households, and the organic wine market is predicted to grow by nearly 10 percent annually through 2021. Biodynamics, a moon-centric science whose adherents coordinate agricultural efforts with the lunar […]
When Americans come of a certain age, they learn about the birds and the bees. When biodynamic vineyards come of age, though, vineyard owners think back on the story of the bees and the grapes. If you’ve ever strolled through an organic or biodynamic vineyard, you’ve likely come across a beehive on the property. Depending […]
In a time of drastic climate change, global warming, and all-around meteorological chaos, we all seek to be a little bit “greener.” We buy organic produce, shop with reusable tote bags, and recycle just a bit more than we used to. With sustainability and natural movements front and center in our minds, these conscientious practices […]
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. […]
“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 […]
Biodynamics has a large tribe of devout followers, and an equally large band of skeptics. Believers bury horns of manure in their vineyards (or feed their babies bizarre milk blends) while most of the world roll their eyes. Since its inception in the 1920s, the moon-centric science preached by Austrian Rudolph Steiner has been divisive at best.
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 […]