Viños Vivos! Natural Wines of Spain with Selections de la Viña
Walking through the grocery store, you might see the word "natural" on a huge variety of items. But what does it mean in reference to wine? Natural wine is a sweeping trend in Spain at the moment. As our education through Spanish wine continues, this is one section that we can't skip over. We've discussed and tasted several regions, wine making methods from stainless steel to amphora, sparkling wines, and even Asturian cider. In March, we are diving into Spain's natural wine movement.
Natural wine is a new world for a lot of us. I will acknowledge that they have a bad reputation in some circles. We're here to break down that barrier. After all, natural wines have always been there – they're the foundation that modern wine was built on today. And, they are making a resurgence for good reason – they're intricate, interesting, and delicious. We love natural wines as well as the other styles mentioned above. There's room for everyone at the Cúrate table.
Enter, Alvaro with Selections de la Viña! My friend and partner in crime. He's bringing the best of Spain's natural wines to the US right now, and he's the guide for this journey. Alvaro chose three beautiful and highly regarded examples of natural wines for this month's shipment.
We'll begin with Cauzón, a tempranillo wine by winemaker Ramon Saavedra. Ramon believes that his terruño – his land – "speaks for itself," without much of what we think of as winemaking required. Next is MicroBio, and aromatic 100% Verdejo with a hazy sunrise color in the glass. Winemaker Ismael Gozalo has been named "El Mago de las Verdejos," or, Wizard of the Verdejos, after the way his process resembles pure sorcery! This is a winemaker that exceeds all expectations even when we think we've seen it all!
Lastly is the beautiful, golden Toledo Pampaneo Ancestral; made with a grape that we normally see in Spanish brandy, the Airén grape. The result here is an herbaceous, bubbly sparkling white.
Prepare to taste wine rooted in tradition. Grapes are handpicked, native yeasts are used alongside natural fermentation. You won't find any additives here. These wines are intact and alive! Alvaro calls them "Viños Vivos!"
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