2017-04-10: Decanter’s first major natural wine tasting

10/04/2017 by Simon Woolf

What’s the biggest problem with organising a natural wine tasting? Defining the parameters ranks very high. Also, if one publicises the results with any level of exposure, being prepared to fight off the negative, trolling comments can be a serious undertaking. This piece is partly a public response to some such comments.

As anyone who follows my writing will know, I’m a critical supporter of the natural wine niche. I think this loosely defined movement has done wonders for rehabilitating the wine world. It has rescued us from increasing homogeneity and the desire of industrialists the world over to control, regulate and commercialise everything. For that I am truly and selfishly grateful – my glass overflows with interesting liquids, even if I don’t find all of them delicious...