Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a new class on a hot topic.
It’s a topic that has grabbed the attention of the wine buying public, especially the up and coming millennial generation. “Natural wine” has become a such a hot category that many restaurants and wine shops have added these wines without really learning what they are all about.
And that is where this class comes in.
Wikipedia can give you a rather sanitized definition of ‘Natural Wines’:
Natural wine is wine made without chemical and minimum technological intervention 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. All natural wines are, however, farmed organically at a minimum and many growers are biodynamic in the vineyard as well.
Strictly speaking, natural wines are wines that are produced without adding or removing anything during winemaking, although some growers add tiny quantities of sulphites at bottling, so that strictly speaking their wines are not natural wines, but ‘only’ organic (and possibly biodynamic).
So what truly makes a natural wine? Is it the farming or the winemaking? If sulfites are natural, why do some winemakers avoid using them? Doesn’t that make for random and unpredictable wines? What can we learn from how wine was made in the 1800’s that we can apply today? If a wine is not natural, then what is truly unnatural about it? How can I identify a ‘natural wine’? Are all natural wines made with pre-industrial winemaking practices? Are they better for my health?
And most importantly, how can a consumer confidently shop for natural wines?
Those questions and much more will be addressed in our first ever Natural Wines class. We’ll taste a wide range of selections from important producers in this movement, and detail the science behind hands off winemaking (the good and the bad). You can expect, as always from Twin Cities Wine, an unbiased and honest view of a complicated and controversial subject.
I hope you can join us for this exciting new class!