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A new trend you might have noticed in wine is an emphasis on "natural wine." But what does that mean?
"Natural wine" doesn't have a legal definition, however, it is primarily used to distinguish wines that go beyond organic. Organic wine is typically "made from organically-grown grapes, but may be subject to chemical or physical manipulation during the winemaking." Natural wines, in contrast, generally use hand-picked, organically or biodynamically-grown grapes from dry-farmed vineyards. The wines typically have no added sugar, additives, sulfites, or foreign yeasts or bacteria and are not adjusted for acidity. Lastly, natural wines tend to only be minimally filtered, or not filtered at all, and are not heavily manipulated. Here's
wine writer, Alice Feiring's, view on this somewhat fuzzy topic.
wines (mentioned above) are a great example of natural wines, as are wines from Bonterra
, which we recently started stocking. We'll continue to bring in more natural, organic, and sustainable wines as this trend grows. Natural, organic, and sustainable wines seem to vary in the amount of information included on bottle labels, so if you have questions about these types of wines, our Beer and Wine staff are a knowledgeable resource.