It is not because something is « natural » that you want it in your glass!
In its issue no: 49, the excellent Swiss magazine Vinifera, produced by Jacques Perrin, devoted a 12 page dossier to a topic that was entitled « The dream of natural wine« . As part of his investigation of this modish subject, Perrin went to the trouble to ask opinions of a number of wine professionals: wine writers, producers and university teachers. He asked them 2 questions:
1). « Terms such as « natural » wine, « real » wine, or « sulphur-free » wine are used quite a lot these days. Often the ensuing debate turns into a verbal boxing match that sometimes involves personal insults. Why in your opinion is this such a loaded subject and can you set out briefly your thoughts on it ? »
2). « As from February 2012, European legislation has adopted a biological/organic wine certification that includes wine making as well as grape growing. What do you think of this evolution and will consumers or wine producers benefit from it? »