The next big trend in wine is popping up in restaurants all over the world even though it 'smells like a barnyard,' according to a master sommelier

Friday, 18 May 2018 12:59 Posted by Staff Writer
Natural wine, such as Gratavinum is causing a stir in the wine community. Natural wine, such as Gratavinum is causing a stir in the wine community. Gratavinum/Facebook -

In an interview, Master Sommelier Alpana Singh, told Business Insider that, Natural wine, which is made with little to no preservatives or chemicals, creates what Singh calls a "sometimes fizzy" drink that smells "weird." More specifically, "like a barn yard." Hehe.

Aaah.. the smells of the farm and the array of bouquets.. :) Well not quite the barnyard but it does take some getting used to in my opinion.

So what is natural wine?

Wikipedia says this about natural wine.

"Natural wine is wine made with minimal chemical and technological intervention, both in growing grapes and making them into wine. The term is used to distinguish such wine from organic wine and biodynamic wine because of differences in cellar practices." Wikipedia

A little more reliable, we move on, Wine Folly describes it as,

"Natural wine is the unfiltered, untamed, un-photoshopped version of what we know to be wine. In most cases, natural wine doesn’t look or taste like a typical wine. In fact, some natural wines taste more like a sour beer or kombucha!"

And defines it as,

"Natural Wine is farmed organically (biodynamically, using permaculture or the like) and made (or rather transformed) without adding or removing anything in the cellarNo additives or processing aids are used, and ‘intervention’ in the naturally occurring fermentation process is kept to a minimum. As such neither fining nor (tight) filtration are used. The result is a living wine – wholesome and full of naturally occurring microbiology."

Alpana Singh also said that, "Natural wine is very controversial, if wine can be controversial," she said. "It's really divided the wine community because [the makers] don't use sulfur...sometimes the wines are fizzy in the bottle, and they smell weird,"

"There are those that say wine should be clean and not smell like a barn yard, and other people are like "no, that's how wine is suppose to be — made without intervention and being true to the earth and soil,"

Singh stressed the importance of education when engaging with consumers.

"I need to explain it to my customers," she said. "They're expecting sauvignon blanc — fresh, clean, and zippy — and then they get [natural wine] and it's kind of fizzy and cloudy, and it smells a little weird, and it's a little sour, and they're like: "I think my wine's bad," and you [have to be] like "no, no that's just kind of how it needs to be."

 I can definitely relate to the uniqueness of natural wines.. and as for wine being controversial, oh my yes..

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