Some people dismiss natural wine as a passing trend. What do you think?
This is the ancestral method of winemaking. It’s the way it was intended to be made. If it’s trending, that’s because it’s become a lot more available in the last few years.
Natural wine is bringing together people who were not wine lovers to begin with. It’s opening avenues to people who are looking for something different.
There’s a lot of controversy over how natural wines compare with conventional wines. What do you say to that?
Taste is subjective. What other people call “flaws” to many others are flavor and aroma characteristics that could be desirable. It’s about letting nature take its course.
With natural wine, you’re getting very pronounced fruit flavors, and that resonates with a lot of people.
But don’t just try one natural wine. There’s a vast amount of flavor profiles. Get a mix of white, orange, rose, red, and sparking. And let go of your go-to grape variety, because this is a whole new game. Natural varietals can taste really different from conventional varietals. So if you don’t normally like rosé, for example, you may like a natural version of rosé.
What advice can you give us for picking out natural wines?
We’re all suckers for a cool label, and natural wines have been pioneering eye-catching labels. But really it’s about building a relationship with a wine seller. Reach out to us and we’ll get to know your palate and curate a selection of wines for you. We’re talking with people about wine around the clock.
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