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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

As retailers of fine wines, we try to be on the forefront of wine trends — and that includes natural wine. Natural wine can be hard to define, but at the very least, they’re organically farmed, fermented without yeast, and bottled with very low sulfur levels.  The goal of many “natural” winemakers (a label most of them don’t actually use for themselves) is to exhibit terroir as best they can. With every bottle they make, these intrepid, talented farmers highlight both their winemaking skills as well as each vintage’s character.

an example of a greenwashed wine
Natural winemakers work in almost every region, and though they can inspire envy, they’re also sometimes derided. Opponents of the “natty” wine movement object to a few things: namely, that the word “natural” wine implies that other wines are somehow “unnatural.”  For me, this is an odd concern; I have more of an issue with the idea that natural wine has no strict definition. Since it’s become a trendy term, some bottles are greenwashed, claiming to be natural when they’re actually not.

To me, the advantages of drinking natural wine outweighs any marketing ruses. For the most part, these wines are artisanal products with a traceable line from artist to consumer; in other words, they have provenance. Plus, the wines are often elegant and very tasty!
Olivier Cousin, natural wine maker

Occasionally, natural wine shows bottle-to-bottle variance, or contains mineral or earthy flavors that some people find challenging. However, some are truly amazing wines. I really enjoy them, and at home, this is the kind of wine I like to drink — and I usually feel fine the next day.

These wines are available at 67 Wine mostly because we enjoy drinking them, and think you will, too. A good place  to start? The Olivier Cousin Vieilles Vighes Cabernet Franc 2010 or Bouges Pente Chavigny 2011. So, get dressed up in your natty-ist outfit, and try some “natty” wine!!

- Ben Wood


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