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7 Natural Wines You Need In Your Life Right Now

7 Natural Wines You Need In Your Life Right Now

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This is an accompanying feature to our in-depth interview with Isabelle Legeron, founder of the RAW Fair natural wine events and a lover of delicious specialty coffee. It’s not enough just to talk about lovely natural wines—we want to give you some recommendations as well. In her excellent book Natural Wine, Isabelle Legeron includes several suggestions to seek out if you’re looking to taste some natural wines at home. Here’s a lucky seven we’re fond of, with quotes adapted from Legeron’s must-read book.

Each wine is listed first by winemaker, then by label name & year, region & nation, and grape variety. 

Henri MilanCuvée Sans Soufre 2010—Provence, France—Grenache, syrah, cinsault

(via Marion's Blog)

Henri Milan Sans Soufre Ajouté (via Marion’s Blog)

“A hugely popular, very-easy-drinking, no-sulfite red…pure and fragrant.”

Shobbrook WinesMourvédre Nouveau 2011—Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia—Mourvédre

(via Shobbrook Wines)

Shobbrook Wines Mourverdre Ebenezer 2010 (via Shobbrook Wines)

One of Australia’s leading natural wine producers, this wine is “bottled with some residual natural CO2, which gives it a dash of spritz and keeps it young, fun, and fresh.”

Our WineRkatsiteli 2012—Kakheti, Georgia—Rkatsiteli

A playful bottle of Rkatiteli 2010 (via Natural Wine)

A playful bottle of Rkatsiteli 2010 (via Natural Wine)

The nation of Georgia’s winemaking tradition is on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list, and is a huge inspiration for natural winemakers around the world. This wine is made “following a very ancient recipe, dating back thousands of years, which sees skins, pips, stems, and juice left for six months in a qvevri (or kvevri)—a large clay jar that is buried underground. The result is both intensely floral and tannic.”

RadikonRibolla Gialla 2007—Friuli, Oslavje, Italy—Ribolla gialla

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A remarkable orange wine from Italy, its color and texture the result of extended grape skin contact in the winemaking process. “This is a wine of brutal complexity, and a depth of flavor that is both cold and bold, almost stoic in character.”

AmByth EstatePriscus 2011—Paso Robles, California, United States—Grenache blanc, roussanne, marsanne, viognier

AmByth Estate Paso Robles Priscus 2011 (via Monvinic Store)

AmByth Estate Paso Robles Priscus 2011 (via Monvinic Store)

Legeron calls this “a wholesome, herbal wine that is utterly delicious.” AmByth produces 100% estate wines, meaning they grow everything they crush. The degree of care and authenticity found in AmByth’s wines make them stars in the small, growing North American natural wine world.

Donkey and GoatUntended Chardonnay 2012—Anderson Valley, Mendocino Ridge, El Dorado (California)—Chardonnay

Untended (via Donkey & Goat)

Untended Chardonnay (via Donkey & Goat)

Urban winemaking is hot right now in America. Donkey And Goat buy grapes from across California and make memorable, unfiltered wines at their warehouse in Berkeley. This is not your mom’s easy-sipping chardonnay; Legeron calls it “almost spritzy, and a little waxy.” Donkey And Goat’s Claim Jumper unfiltered rosé is similarly marvelous.

Domaine Julien MeyerNature 2012—Alsace, France—Sylvaner, pinot blanc

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Nature (via Ameblo)

“Nature is one of the most accessibly priced natural whites,” says Legeron, “light and fragrant, its texture is almost honeyed, though bone-dry.”

Want more natural wine suggestions? There's heaps in Isabelle Legeron's book, Natural Wine, available worldwide from Amazon.

Jordan Michelman is the co-founder of Sprudge.com. Read more Jordan Michelman on Sprudge.

Quotes and suggested wines adapted with permission from Natural Wine by Isabelle Legeron, published by CICO Books


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