We’re pleased to share with you a post written by our friend Natalie who visited us in the midst of our wine scouting trip while we were in Croatia this summer. Nat is a Research Assistant and doctoral candidate in her home of Berlin, Germany. Enjoy! – Alleah
Sure, we’ve had wine from Austria before. In the past few years more and more Austrian Grüner Veltliner (white wine) has made it’s way into the US market. But if we are looking for the gems that haven’t quite become popular in the US then the question is, does it makes sense for us to use our experience with Grüner Veltliner as a benchmark for evaluating the wine during an in-person tour of little vineyards?
We didn’t have specific goals when we arrived. We just wanted to start learning the wines, meeting people and getting to know the regions. But we quickly started learning what wine should taste like at certain price points.
In the wine world, natural farming is the same as organic farming but with one big difference. Natural farming takes it a step further. The goal of natural farming is to have the healthiest vineyard ecosystem, in order to grow the best grapes possible. This is accomplished by:
Normally it’s expensive to get wine from that cute little vineyard in Europe to that wine refrigerator you scored at Costco for $99. Now there is a new process and it’s super efficient. Efficiency equals more cash in your wallet.
Recently we were invited to a new friend’s home two hours south of Bordeaux. We met our new friend’s partner: a handsome, farmer-like Frenchman. He was the kind of Frenchman you automatically assume is an expert in wine, just because.
Recently I gained a new perspective on the local wine economy here in Bordeaux, France, where we’ve been for several weeks now. I’m sure there are other versions of this story out there, but one French winemaker explained it to me like this.