Beginner's Guide to Natural Wine
As more and more people look to natural, organic, and raw foods, beverages are quickly becoming a growing focus. Natural wine, specifically, is one of those trending drinks and you may have started to see them pop up on restaurant menus. But what exactly makes a wine "natural?" It's hard to define essentially, it's a wine made with minimal intervention, from the vineyards to the cellar. Natural wine takes the concepts of organic and terroir a wine's natural environment to an extreme. It's traditional, rustic, and pure compared to the highly refined wines that today's wine lovers are used to. These wines are made using methods that allow the fermented grapes to shine in as unprocessed of a state as possible. This produces wines that tend to be cloudy, less fruit-forward, lower in alcohol, and often sourer or yeastier. Many words are used to describe the taste, including funky, wild, honest, and untamed. Natural wines offer a new experience for the adventurous drinker and a taste of wines from centuries ago.