Your carmenere ran over my dogma [natural wine]

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I’ve wanted to sell the above line to Wines of Chile for some time. But I found another use for it: this article on natural wine by Mike Steinberger on Slate.com. It really advances the discussion. An excerpt:

Yet when you strip away all the rhetoric and dogma about “natural wines,” what are you left with is essentially just a slogan, used by a group of people to champion some wines that happen to please their taste buds and/or sensibilities…I think “natural” advocates ought to ditch the “natural” label, which is hopelessly tendentious and polarizing, and should instead put the focus where it really belongs, on individual wines and winemakers…Call them good wines, call them distinctive, soulful, or funky wines—just don’t call them natural wines.

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2 Responses to “Your carmenere ran over my dogma [natural wine]”


  1. Never one to avoid the opportunity to blow my own trumpet, I (and Eric Asimov – credit where it’s due, eh?) was saying the kind of stuff Steinburger is coming up with several months ago.

    You can read it all here:

    http://wine-life.co.uk/news-review/beware-the-natural-wine

    http://wine-life.co.uk/news-review/beware-the-natural-wine-part-2

    and most lately – re: a piece on Alice Fiering’s blog….

    http://wine-life.co.uk/news-review/a-natural-response


  2. Actually Chilean wines are way natural. Because its land is perfect for world’s best red wines. None the less, Chileans didn’t know thats their red wines were the extinct Carmeniere but Merlot til mid 90′s, when genetic experts studied chilean grapes. And Volia . Was a mirable that Chile is a fully organic world’s genetic reservoir for grapes.


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