Archive for the ‘Natural Wine’ Category

Jul 26, 2017

Demolishing Natural Wine

One of America’s most experienced, accomplished and insightful wine writers recently demolished both the idea of “natural” wine and the intellectual artifice of the “natural” wine movement. This is notable because outside of intellectually disciplined observers of the wine world and some hacks like myself, there hasn’t been all that much push back against the foundations of “Natural Wine”. In the course of schooling the natural wine movement at Wine Review Online, Paul Lukacs made the following point that deserves…

Apr 17, 2017

Are Burgundy Wine Growers Cheating Terroir?

It’s being reported by the London Telegraph that the entire Burgundy wine region is set to be protected by a ” ‘hailstone shield’ to kill destructive storms that have blighted the famed wine growing region in recent years.” Here’s what I’m wondering: Is this “Hailstone Shield” altering the terroir of Burgundy, and if it is, what does this say about the longstanding commitment in Burgundy to its unique terroir and the unique wines it is said to produce? The first…

Jan 4, 2017

Wine Sorcery – Don’t be Taken In

Consumers possess a number of misconceptions about wine. But some of those misconceptions are downright hilarious: “Wine tastes better on a ‘Fruit Day’ than on a ‘Root Day’ ”  Uh Huh! Jamie Goode, wine scientist and wine critic-turned-debunker, politely and rhetorically rips the biodynamic drinking crowd a new one: “There have been several informal, small scale tests of the calendar, but these haven’t had the necessary rigour to provide any significant results. But a study just published, led by two…

Dec 30, 2016

The Year In Charting Wine

There are many ways to reflect on the year (2016) in wine. No doubt, those various views will be explored as the year comes to an end and as 2016 data sets of various types become available in the new year. One data set always available is Google Trends, a tool that allow us to measure relative interest in Internet search terms. By comparing search terms we can look at the relative interest in those terms over the past year….

Jul 19, 2016

How To Tell if A Natural Wine Sucks

Whenever I see someone disparage other wines and wineries in the service of their own wines I assume one thing and one thing only: Their own wines suck. Interestingly, this brand of disparagement is embraced primarily by those who are trying to sell so-called “Natural Wines”. It has occurred with some regularity that Natural Wine supporters attempt to diminish the quality and character of wines not self-identifying as “natural”. It has happened again in a new article published by JustLuxe…

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