Wine Enthusiast Podcast: Why Is Natural Wine So Divisive?

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In this episode, we’re facing down some serious controversy. Natural wine–or wine that’s farmed and produced with minimal intervention—has attracted a lot of new wine drinkers, and it’s also been scorned by many who prefer traditional bottlings.

Today, we’re going to try to figure out exactly why it’s so polarizing.

Associate Managing Editor of Print Layla Schlack talks to sommelier Charles Springfield and Meri Lugo of Domestique Wine shop about what some of the perceptions and misunderstandings are among natural and conventional wine lovers, and how to get over the hump to expand your palate.

There’s plenty of perspective to consider, and reasons why wine lovers tend to fall hard on one side of the fence or the other. But at the end of the day, appreciation for natural wine doesn’t have to be so extreme, and we hope this episode offers some useful tips and insights on how to wade in to the natty wine world and embrace the best the category has to offer.

To learn more about natural wine, and what exactly it even is, check out this article about how Georgia is the spiritual home of natural wine, or this article about the recent French certification that sought to begin to regulate the category. There’s also been some exciting movement in the Midwest natural wine scene. You can also check out these top natural wine retailers from our America’s 50 Best Wine Retailers of 2020 list.


Published on April 14, 2021
Topics: Podcast