Donald Trump and the Natural Wine Debate
Early this morning while Henry George and I were enjoying a bottle of milk and a cup of coffee, respectively, we watched a talking head on CNN discuss presidential candidate Donald Trump. The head said this: “Trump is often careless with the truth and makes sweeping statements that have no basis in fact, but he is being bold and people like that.”
Henry George heard that, looked at me, furrowed his brow and went back to his bottle.
I thought about Henry George’s brow furrrowing when I read Jamie Goode’s defense of Natural Wine in an article in the new Asia-based wine lifestyle publication, Le Pan. In defending Natural Wine, Jamie wrote this:
“Consumers apparently love natural wines. The only people who don’t seem to are self-appointed arbiters of taste with letters after their names – expensively educated experts who feel threatened because their MW studies didn’t prepare them for anything unorthodox.”
“Sadly, many wine ‘authorities’ aren’t adventurous and have forgotten that wine is supposed to be about enjoyment.”
“Most importantly, the natural-wine movement has caused conventional winemakers to reconsider their approach.”
I’m not suggesting Jamie Goode is the Donald Trump of wine writing. I’m not suggesting Jamie Goode
is running for president (though at this point I might vote for him).
However, what the talking head pointed out about Donald Trump’s various statements is equally true of Jamie Goode’s written statements on “Natural Wine”.
Some consumers love natural wine. Numerous MWs are very happy with the unorthodox as well as the orthodox and Jamie knows this. There is no evidence that wine “authorities” are not adventurous. And of course “conventional” winemakers are the source of each and every technique that the “natural” winemakers now employ and champion as their own.