jamie goode's wine blog: Natural wine tasting

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Natural wine tasting

Remarkable tasting today at the Whole Foods market on Kensington High Street, with a focus on natural wines. I hadn't intended to stay the whole day (this is London Trade Fair Week) but it was so compelling that I just couldn't leave, and even though I meant to depart by a certain time to head elsewhere, I ended up staying beyond this.

The tasting was organized by two importers specializing in natural wine: David Harvey's Sous l'Nez and Videvin (Isaure de Pontbriand and Florian Perate's new venture). In addition, a dozen or so growers were there presenting their wines. It's late and I haven't got time to mention any specifics, but I came away really impressed and enthused.

Of course, there are lots of questions, such as, 'what is natural wine anyway'? And some of these wines were so out of the ordinary it was hard to assess them in the normal way. But most tasted as if they were 'living', and there were very few wines that I'd pick out as being faulty, because even where they weren't totally spotlessly clean, they worked.



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At 3:58 PM, Anonymous lagramiere said...

Oooh! I am so jealous, I got the invite, but just couldn't make it up there this week. Looking forward to the full report!

At 7:51 AM, Anonymous Andrew@Surf4Wine said...

Hi Jamie, I was supposed to go but just couldn't face it after a full fay @ Fair. The hike to Excel was enough without trying to get back into town!

Definitely interested to find out more about the tasting thigh - it sounded interesting from the invite, and obviously was.

Having a day of from Fair today. Need to catch up back in office, and can't face the slog top Doclands all over again!

At 8:11 PM, Blogger Anna said...

Would love to hear more about your tasting, also about the process and what as you say is natural wine...Then of course for us that are not in London or Excel would like to know the best and the worse!!
Thanks for a nice blog.


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