Natural Wine - We're listening?

Natural Wine - We're listening?

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In a world where we are becoming more aware and concerned about what we put in our bodies and even the rise of veganism, we are now thinking about what we turn to when we drink – natural wine.

So what is natural wine? Simply put, it’s created organically with no additives and limited interference throughout its natural fermentation process. This sounds a little crazy to anyone who likes to think they can only enjoy the finest wine when really they’re just a little too snobby. In fact, natural wine has the ability to shine, with no fining or filtration the wine is actually alive, wholesome and full of naturally occurring microbiology.

Unlike the glass of wine we are used to drinking every evening (we don’t judge), contains added sulphur dioxide which alters the flavour but can sometimes if too much is added it can create a rubbery taste and smell. Natural wine is free from the additive which allows more freedom to allow the wine to age for longer. By leaving the wine to work its own magic, it flourishes without manipulation allowing it to remain fresh.

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However, don’t be fooled that just because it’s organic and natural it doesn’t give you a hangover the next morning. Oh no, no, if you think you’re going to be waking up as fresh as a daisy after a bottle of guilt-free untouched wine then think again. Just because there are no additives, the alcohol content is as present meaning you shouldn’t have that extra glass if you’ve got an early start the next day.

Going one step further, some natural wines are also known as ‘orange wine’. Closely associated with natural wine, created using green grapes same as white wine, but they are fermented with the skins of as they do with red wine, taking little dashes of inspiration from both red and white wine, creates this orange tinge in the colour.

Are you intrigued? Well, there are a few places you can try a glass or two in London, or you can even pop to a local liquor shop to grab a bottle to try at home. One of these is Noble Fine Liquor, based in Hackney the liquor shop express that the taste of their wines “reflect the grape, earth, and weather, the skill and passion of the grower”. Creating their own ‘natural wine’, they say, “Our wines are generally made with organic or biodynamic grapes, fermented with indigenous yeasts, and made with a minimum number of interventions on their way to the bottle. Ultimately, our focus is on wine quality, identity, and diversity.” Well, you know what they say, you can’t knock it till you’ve tried it!

Photo credit: Noble Fine Liquor

Going one step further, some natural wines are also known as ‘orange wine’. Closely associated with natural wine, created using green grapes same as white wine, but they are fermented with the skins of as they do with red wine, taking little dashes of inspiration from both red and white wine, creates this orange tinge in the colour.

For natural wine in London try out a few of these places:
P Franco - Lower Clapton Road
The Remedy - Cleveland Street
Yield N16 - Newington Green
The Winemakers Shop - Farringdon Street

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