Trending Now: Natural Wines

If you want to stay on top of food and drink trends while working on your culinary course, you should check out natural wines. These varietals have been growing in popularity in the last few years and are showing up at more stores and restaurants. Not to be confused with organic wines, natural wine vintners go beyond simply growing their grapes with organic methods. Natural wine is simply wine that has had as little human interference as possible.

Natural wines are made with organically grown grapes that are often harvested by hand. After being picked, grapes are allowed to begin fermentation by using the yeast that naturally resides on the skins. Mainstream winemaking typically involves using engineered additives and yeasts  that yield specific flavor profiles. One easy way to tell the difference between natural wines and industry wines is the addition of sulfites as an active preservative.

This form of libation often gets a bad reputation for being unrefined and undrinkable. ​In the 21st century, it is hard for people to accept the idea of forgoing modern winemaking and returning to a method that is more than 200 years old. While natural wines do not look like the wine that we are accustomed to pouring into glasses and carafes, the majority of them do not fall short in taste. They have unique flavors that are no less delicious than the ones found in other industry wines. If you are looking for a beverage to serve with a dinner showcasing what you’ve learned in online culinary school, then choose a natural variety as a complement to your craft.

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