Archive for the ‘Natural Wine’ Category

Aug 15, 2021

Your Wine Is Toxic and Poisonous

I wonder how often the folks at Dry Farm Wines have had the opportunity to look winemakers in the face and tell them “your wine is poisonous”. Not take the cowardly route and state in Facebook ads that all wine but theirs is “toxic”. No. I wonder how many times the Dry Farm Wines people have had the courage to look a winemaker straight in the eye and tell them, “your wine is toxic”. This is just one of the…

Sep 8, 2020

The Coming Fight Over Ingredient Labeling On Wine

There appears to be a growing acceptance within the wine industry that not only ought wineries in the United States include ingredients on their labels, but that consumers are demanding it or will demand it. This idea is on the verge of becoming accepted wisdom. But is it true? And is it necessary? A recent survey by the Wine Market Council found that consumers generally do not place much value on ingredient labeling or nutritional labeling on wine bottles when…

Jan 3, 2020

Fermentation – Natural Wine and Irony

I’m always excited when I see a new commitment to wine coverage from establishment media. I even get excited when that coverage adopts a moniker that mimics the title of this blog, as in the case of Edible Brooklyn announcing a new wine column they are calling “Fermentation”. What makes Edible Brooklyn’s new wine column, “Fermentation”, a reliably ironic development is that while the title of the new column is the same as the title of this 15-year-old blog, it…

Oct 19, 2019

Natural Wine—Ouch! Is It Funny Because It’s True?

Wow GIF from Wow GIFs OUCH!! “Compared to traditional wines, natural wines have a wider range of flavor profiles, owing to the fact that they’re not constrained by oppressive concepts such as “good” and “drinkable.” You’ll find some that are effervescent and floral, while others can be tannic and herbal. Still others resemble the Syrah that your friends were expecting you to bring to their dinner party, so try to find that one, please.” This (and more) from a New…

Aug 12, 2019

Wine and the Myth of Natural

Is “natural wine” better for you? Is “natural wine” tastier? Is “natural wine” really just an expression of a nostalgic ideology but possessing no particular benefits over conventionally made wine? Areo Magazine, one of the most insightful online publications currently available and resembling Quillette, another searching publication, offers up a fascinating essay that is entirely relevant to the “natural wine” movement in our industry. “The Myth of Natural”, written by Elizabeth Dangerfield, reminds us of an important truth: “If you…