The Top 10 Natural Wines
With Natural Wine now the hottest category in the wine industry I thought it time to offer my top 10 list. What’s remarkable is just how many folks are drinking Natural Wine these days. The Natural Wines that make my top 10 list are delicious examples of what can be done when winemakers around the world dedicate themselves to using natural grapes to produce wine.
Sutter Home White Zinfandel—California
Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir—Vin de Pays d’Oc
J. P. Chenet Cabernet-Syrah—Vin de Pays d’Oc
Yellow Tail Shiraz—South Eastern Australia
Gallo “Apothic Red—Wine Maker’s Blend”—California
Marques de Caceres Crianza—Rioja
Kendall-Jackson Vintners Reserve Chardonnay—California
Brancott Sauvignon Blanc—Marlborough
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages
Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut
As we’ve read from a number of folks, this up and coming Natural Wine movement seems to threaten many folks in the wine establishment. It really shouldn’t. After all, the movement isn’t demanding any definition be placed on the term “Natural Wine”. Additionally, when folks making Natural Wine say they want to give consumers something authentic, they don’t point to other wines and accuse them of being inauthentic…they let the consumer come to those conclusions themselves.
The list above list of Natural Wines shouldn’t offend anyone. They are delicious examples of what can be produced by hardworking winemakers with a desire to give consumers a taste of naturally grown grapes. And the beauty is that most of these Natural Wines can be found in any grocery store or wine store across the country. I invite you to sample these wines and get a sense about what all the excitement is about in the world of Natural Wine.