Natural wine is a squishy categorization with no official definition, labeling, or governing body, but the term generally applies to wines that have experienced little to no manipulation. That is, wines that use grapes that have been farmed organically or biodynamically, fermented only with native yeasts, and produced without preservatives, colorings, or flavorings.
Sometimes funky, sometimes effervescent, always interesting, natural wine follows alongside other food trends having their moment with a generation of people concerned for their health and the health of the environment. But the word “trend” typically implies new and fleeting, and in no way is natural wine either. Natural wine, for all intents and purposes, is a return to the oldest winemaking methods. A belief that if you let the grapes do their thing, the truest expression of the fruit, the earth, the unique place they’re grown — the terroir if you will — comes through.
Its history is rich and opens you up to grape varieties that are rare and delicious. So, for your drinking pleasure, here are the top spots to find natural wine in San Diego. And as a bonus, if you want to fully immerse yourself in the world of natural wine, check out Nat Diego at the end of this month (June 28 and 29). By all counts, it’s one of the country’s best natural wine festivals and just happens to be right here in San Diego.Read More