People who regard natural wine as something of a trend or fad are mistaken. Until about 60 years, before agricultural chemicals and winemaking science came to dominate, wines were what you would call now natural. From the 1960s onward, with the start of commercializing wines globally, was when agricultural chemicals and winemaking science transformed wines
I’ve long been a Burgundy fan and much of my appreciation and understanding of wine I attribute to this. However, for the past several years my attention has turned elsewhere. Other wine regions in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the US, and even Mexico, are coming up with more exciting wines at far more affordable prices.
“Barrel is skin.” Avi Deixler, Absentee Winery
This New Year we unveil our new flat rate shipping to any address in California! $10 for 1-3 bottles. $15 for 4-12 bottles. $20 for over 12 bottles. Shipped via UPS Ground Shipping. If you’re ordering for California, now you can enjoy our unique selections even more affordably. Flat is good!
“Our grapes are farmed chemical-free. Our wines are made with no innoculations, nutrient additions, or acid corrections. They are manually bottled by gravity, with no fining, filtration, and little or no (added) sulfur.” Clos Saron Clos Saron has existed since 1999 but very few wine drinkers have heard about it, which is not surprising. It’s in
Join Our Wine Club “65% of millennials are interested in natural wines, according to a 2015 Nielsen survey. Whereas their parents might have gone for jammy Cabs and Zins, younger drinkers are embracing the bitterness that balances out the fruit in natural wines.” RAW Wine Fair Our most enthusiastic supporters over the last few years have
Christmas, notwithstanding much of its symbolisms, isn’t really a religious holiday. It’s a family holiday. As children we learn about Christmas from our parents and grandparents and uncles and aunts. The things we learn about Christmas involve gathering and eating together, usually for special meals with foods we don’t often eat. We get treated to
“Kalin Cellars is one of the great old school producers in the world of California wine.” John Gilman, View From the Cellar Kalin Cellars was started in Marin County in 1977 by the husband and wife team of Terry and Frances Leighton. Both were microbiologists at UC Berkeley at that time. They source fruit based on long-term
Rafa Bernabé is that unique wine producer who only works with indigenous rare varieties, mostly ungrafted old vines, and crafts wines totally naturally, without sulfite additions, using clay vessels or tinajas de barro. He’s pretty hardcore. Based in Alicante in the Valencia province in southeastern Spain overlooking the Mediterranean, Rafa Bernabé farms two vineyards. One up in the
On some unplanned occasions I’ve spent Halloween night late in restaurants. They always turn out to be weirdly memorable! Eight years ago at SPQR. We were the last table at the restaurant but were still finishing a bottle of 2004 Chateau de la Tour Clos Vougeot. The staff were getting ready to close and some