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Natural Wines

Sat, November 13, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

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Natural Wines: A Wine Class on Organic and Biodynamic Wines

Megapurple, fish bladder extracts, rodenticides, fungicides, herbicides, water backs, enzymes, acid additions, and reverse osmosis are standard winemaking and grape growing techniques.

If you drink wine, then it is 100% likely that your wines have been manipulated in one of these ways. This shouldn’t be a surprise, though. In 2009, Keith Wallace (the founder of the Wine School of Philadelphia) blew the lid of winemaking manipulations in a series of articles in the Daily Beast.  He earned a lot of hate for revealing the truth (check out the comments from his angry fellow winemakers, including Adam Lee of Siduri).

Natural wines, organic wines, and biodynamic wines have been controversial since the school was founded in 2001.  It’s a topic we love,  and our advocacy of natural wines has permeated every wine class we’ve taught for the last 20 years. Our students have been asking us for years to offer a full-on natural wine class, and here it is. This is a tour-de-force of the crazy-beautiful people behind the natural wine movement.  You will be tasting wines from every corner of the world, and you will experience every flavor wine can offer.

Many of the wines featured in this class are rare, so please don’t come to class expecting to pick up these wines at your local Wine & Spirits store.

Attending this Wine Class as an Online Student?

This class is offered as an in-person class (Premium and Discount Tickets) or a virtual wine tasting (Online Tickets). We will send you a Zoom link with your ticket. Please keep that email! You can also come back to this page, and your zoom link will show here at the start of class.

Buying Wines for Online Students

We recommend picking up wines via wine.com or wine-searcher.com. The wine list is included on this page. You don’t need to have the exact wines on the list. It’s unlikely you will be able to find all the wines we use: we have a vast wine cellar, and many of the wines we taste in class are unavailable via retail channels. Instead, we recommend focusing on the varietals and regions we are using, not the vintage or producer. Please note that we cannot ship or sell wines. If you need assistance in purchasing wines, we offer a paid sommelier consulting service.

Minimal Intervention (No Sulfur)

2Naturkinder 2019 Fledermaus Weiss, Franken (GR)

Raw Wines

Strekov 1075 NV Fred #2, Nitra, Slovakia

Fable Farm Fermentory NV “Pan” Red, Vermont, Raw Wine

Biodynamic

Bow & Arrow 2018 Gamay, Willamette Valley

Enfield Wine Co. 2016 “Pretty Horses” Tempranillo, Sierra Foothills

Organic Traditions

Domaine Glinavos 2016 Vlahiko, ‎Ioannina (Greece)

MontRubí 2016 “Gaintus Radical” Sumoll, Penedès


Wine-making has become ever-more unnatural, from the use of blanket crop-spraying in vineyards to the over-use of sulfites and additives in the cellar, but luckily there is another way. While currently not regulated by an official definition, natural wines are made from sustainably farmed, organic (or biodynamic) grapes, with nothing removed or added during winemaking, bar at most a dash of sulfites. It is good old-fashioned grape juice fermented into wine—just as nature intended.

If you care about what’s in your glass, want to explore unique flavors, or are keen to support small-scale producers, then you need to know more about natural wine and where to find it.

Isabelle Legeron

November 2018

Biodynamic
1. Meinklang 2016 Hárslevelü, Somlo (HU)

Sulfur
1. Frank Cornelissen 2015 “Contadino No. 13” Red Blend, Sicily (IT)

2. Eric Texier 2016 “Brezeme” Cotes du Rhone (FR)

Amphorae
1. Bichi 2017 “No Sapiens” Baja California (MX)

2. Ch.Peybonhomme-Les-Tours 2015 “Energies” Bordeaux (FR)

Interventions
1. Delinquente 2017 “Bullet Dodger” Montepulciano, Riverland (AU)

2. Donkey and Goat 2017 “Gallivanter” Red Blend, California

Orange
1. Pheasant’s Tears 2016 Rkatsiteli, Georgia

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Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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