natural wine

Meet the Tastemaker Bringing Natural Wine Education to NYC’s Coolest Restaurants

Meet the Tastemaker Bringing Natural Wine Education to NYC’s Coolest Restaurants

Being a sales representative in the wine industry doesn’t come with the most creative job description. But Alexis Schwartz of Zev Rovine Selections, a natural wine distributor based in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood, has turned her position into something fluid — and become an influential force in New York City’s wine scene in the process.

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Not Every ‘Natural Wine’ Is Responsibly Farmed

Not Every ‘Natural Wine’ Is Responsibly Farmed

The “natural wine” trend has swept the food and wine industry, and lifestyle publications from Vogue to Playboy are covering the phenomenon. The benefits for small wineries have been huge; but, unfortunately, most of the conversations surrounding natural wine neglect its most important component: farming responsibly. Biodynamics, the method of farming preferred in the natural wine world, […]

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We Asked 10 Sommeliers: What Wine Trend Needs to Die?

We Asked 10 Sommeliers: What Wine Trend Needs to Die?

America is a large country, and so what’s popular in one geographic area might be unknown in another. Angelenos could tire of avocado toast (theoretically!) before it reaches Maine. And Texans find it adorable when New Yorkers struggle to pronounce “kolache.” Still, certain trends have legs. They travel across the country and, in some instances, […]

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8 Questions About Orange Wine You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask

8 Questions About Orange Wine You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask

Unlike high fashion or craft beer, things move a little slower in the wine world. Over the past decade, however, orange wine has gone from ancient and obscure, to hip insiders’ favorite, to increasingly mainstream. It is now even offered by discount supermarket chains like Aldi. To better understand the category, we caught up with […]

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Four Ways to Drink More Wine With Indian Food (No, Really)

Four Ways to Drink More Wine With Indian Food (No, Really)

“I’ve tried every kind of wine with Indian food, whether it’s something my mom made or something I made,” Rajat Parr says. The James Beard Award-winning sommelier was born in Calcutta, India, and attended the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, N.Y., before launching his star-studded wine career. Following posts at Rubicon and Fifth […]

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We Asked 9 Somms: Is Natural Wine Overrated?

We Asked 9 Somms: Is Natural Wine Overrated?

It’s hard not to love the idea of natural wine. Fewer chemicals, less intervention, more environmentally friendly — nebulously defined “natural wines” hit a lot of touchstones for modern drinkers, especially sommeliers. Natural wines are usually small-production and usually come with a romantic story of a winemaker who has a deep connection with their biodynamic […]

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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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