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Published July 10th 2014
Natural wine, (arguably) good for you
My friend has been working in the food and wine industry for years. She recently introduced me to natural wines. The wines I've tried with her have introduced me to a new level of flavour - think scents and flavours like caramel, toasted marshmallow, even the scent of burnt rubber. I've always thought that wines generally had the same taste, but now it's like a masking layer has been removed.
Natural wine is all about avoiding the use of preservatives and really paying attention to the grapes. Instead of using pesticides, natural methods are used to prevent pests and insects from damaging the grapes. So basically, natural wine production is about minimising the use of chemicals and the interference with natural processes.
For the first time, I was able to drink a couple of glasses of wine without getting a headache. I always thought these headaches were because of a lack of drinking water. Now I've realised that my body has been responding to the use of preservatives.
So where can you find natural wines?
Order online via DRNKS
I love this website so much. These guys "specialise in real, organic and sustainable wine" and are "trying to offer an alternative to the mundane, corporate wine retail scene that dominates Australia". - straight from their website. Go and check it out drnks.com/
They're about to start a pick-up service in the Surry Hills / Redfern area too.
My favourite place to grab natural wine. I tried some with truffle-infused pecorino cheese. Ridiculously good. I want to claim a corner at this place and visit weekly. The interior is gorgeous and the staff know their stuff so ask them for recommendations (on a side note, they also do Negroni nights on Thursdays).
This is the Four Seasons' bar - not a lobby bar, but a bar next door. The interior is really sleek. Special mention goes to table service, the spicy nut snacks they provide and the amazing bathrooms (between the Four Seasons and Grain).