A last minute plug for the Natural Wine Fair, which is coming to London from Sunday to Tuesday.
This is a brilliant opportunity to try some fabulously diverse and interesting wines. It should also be great fun.
Aside: I’m getting really really bored with journalists who feel they have to warn people about natural wines. The standard line is thus: ‘Natural wines can be really good and I’ve tasted some nice ones, but too many of them are showing wine faults. Beware!’
This is silly. I’ll be totally honest - I think some people have such narrow palates that when they encounter anything a little different they just dismiss it. And why warn people? Can’t they make their own minds up? Tell me about a tasting where there are no bad wines: these tastings just don’t exist. But, for example, I haven’t read many journos warn consumers about the possibility of finding bad wines at this weekend’s Decanter New World Wine Encounter. Also, what exactly defines a wine fault? A bit of reduction? This would rule most fine white Burgundy out. Some brett? Then let’s give up on Bordeaux.
Rant over. Some of my great wine experiences have been with natural wines. If you have an open palate and open mind, you could have a great time at this fair.