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Natural wine: WTF is it, and why do I care?

Natural wine: WTF is it, and why do I care?

So here’s the thing. I love wine, and it makes me happy opening up people’s eyes to great bottles, something I’ve been doing professionally for the past 10 years. But something changed for me in the last few years: I learned about natural wine, essentially just fermented grape juice, and was shocked that all wine wasn’t made that way. So I started researching, learning how different producers were working, and discovering a whole range of delicious natural wines that I wanted to drink.

Querceto di Castellina Chianti Classico L’aura

This is classic, clean Chianti from a small family producer near Panzano in Chianti. I've had the pleasure of getting to know the proprietor, Jacopo di Battista, over the past two years, and stay with them for a few days last summer. His family has farmed the small hilltop estate organically since inception in 1998, and has been certified since 2012. They're equally low-intervention in the cellar...

Querceto di Castellina Chianti Classico L’aura

Querceto di Castellina Chianti Classico L’aura

This is classic, clean Chianti from a small family producer near Panzano in Chianti. I've had the pleasure of getting to know the proprietor, Jacopo di Battista, over the past two years, and stay with them for a few days last summer. His family has farmed the small hilltop estate organically since inception in 1998, and has been certified since 2012. They're equally low-intervention in the cellar...

Pierre Morey Bourgogne Aligote

Pierre Morey Bourgogne Aligote

I love the way natural wine critic Alice Feiring describes Aligoté: "the much maligned other white grape of Burgundy, which a few brave and romantic vignerons slave to elevate to greatness." One of those is Pierre Morey, the former winemaker at Domaine Leflaive (very famous Burgundy producer), who maximizes the grape's capacity for complexity and terroir transparency with this biodynamic Aligoté bottling from his family's vineyards in Meursault.

Succés Vinícola Experiència Parellada

Succés Vinícola Experiència Parellada

One of my favorite styles of wine is the light, zesty, low-alcohol white, commonly hailing from coastal Portugal, Italy or Spain.  I’ve taken to calling this delightful category “Delicious Water”.  Clocking in at less than 12% alcohol, DW wines are super food-friendly but are also amazing without food.  In the park. On a sunny day.  So refreshing.  Yum… This old-vine […]

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