natural wine

Wine Labels Are Little White Lies With Enormous Implications

Wine Labels Are Little White Lies With Enormous Implications

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 […]

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Wild Fermentation Is the Sexiest, Least Understood Technique in Winemaking

Wild Fermentation Is the Sexiest, Least Understood Technique in Winemaking

It’s one of the most divisive areas in winemaking. Fermentation, by either wild or industrial yeasts, has become synonymous with the battle between all that is natural, and the convenience and consistency of man-made machination. If natural wine risks becoming a runaway train, then wild fermentation is a flag you wave as it passes by. […]

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We Blind-Tasted Biodynamic Wines According to the Lunar Cycle. Here’s What Happened.

We Blind-Tasted Biodynamic Wines According to the Lunar Cycle. Here’s What Happened.

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 […]

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‘Autentisté!’ The Wine Revolution Brewing in Europe’s Beer Capital

‘Autentisté!’ The Wine Revolution Brewing in Europe’s Beer Capital

The Czech Republic is recognized around the world as a beer-producing powerhouse, home to the original pilsner, and at least two candidates for the contested title of the original Budweiser. (Both are located in the Czech town of Budweis, known as České Budějovice in Czech.) Czechs also claim the world’s largest per-capita beer consumption, a […]

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Eight Trends to Watch in 2018

Eight Trends to Watch in 2018

With 2017 tilting toward our collective rearview mirror, we’re reflecting on the previous year. It’s been an extremely exciting time for the beer, wine, and spirits world, from a seemingly endless stream of craft beer acquisitions to the meteoric climbs of natural wine and amaro. We can’t wait to see what keeps glasses filled and […]

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Pét-Nat Is an Overnight Success 500 Years in the Making

Pét-Nat Is an Overnight Success 500 Years in the Making

Toward the end of the 2017 harvest, Finger Lakes winemaker Kris Matthewson posted on his Facebook page, “Do I have to make pét-nat?” Friends and industry acquaintances were quick to comment with responses ranging from emphatic “nos,” to wistful remarks about past releases, to quips about what hipster oddity the Bellwether Wines winemaker could produce […]

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The Taste Trends Powering Natural Wine’s Perfect Storm

The Taste Trends Powering Natural Wine’s Perfect Storm

Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber’s table was swamped with admirers. The couple behind Vermont-based La Garagista Farm and Winery were among some 150 natural winemakers showing off their latest releases at the 2017 RAW WINE Fair in Brooklyn last month. Staff poured tastes of La Garagista’s Ci Confonde Petillent Natural White 2016.

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Natural Wine Is a Runaway Train, And It Might Be Time to Hit the Brakes

Natural Wine Is a Runaway Train, And It Might Be Time to Hit the Brakes

There is no official Natural Wine Movement. I think that’s why so many people struggle with it. Natural wines are not as codified as, for example, biodynamic farming, where in order to use the term you need to undergo rigorous certification. There are no rules for what constitutes “natural.” Tracing the movement’s origins is difficult […]

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Inside Copenhagen’s Punk-Rock Natural Wine Scene

Inside Copenhagen’s Punk-Rock Natural Wine Scene

I had to double check the label when the waiter handed me the bottle I’d requested. On the front it read, “Testalonga El Bandito.” On the back was the evidence I was looking for: “Wine of South Africa. Place of Origin: Swartland.” My jaw slowly slid toward the table. South African by birth, I live […]

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