New York wine aficionados may still be slowly recovering from the tag-team natural wine fairs The Big Glou and Vivent les Vins Libres that took place this past weekend in Brooklyn and Manhattan. There have literally never been so many vintners committed to organic and additives-free winemaking from all reaches of the globe in the city at one time. This wine lover already felt like she was in recovery mode Saturday morning on arrival at The Big Glou’s Wythe Hotel venue. The actual party got started several days prior, with dinners scheduled each night leading up to the events and lasting late into the early morning hours as winemakers touched down at JFK one by one (and then seemingly ended up in large bunches at a select handful of wine bars and Koreatown karaoke spots).
Luckily, no one seemed to notice, since that haggard, sleepless, possibly un-showered look is the status quo at such celebrations. I mean, if the wines are gulpable, why not gulp them all night long, a hardcore fair-goer might ask. Many of the wares presented were old favorites that have only gotten better with each passing vintage. But several were either recent discoveries or altogether new-to-me and warrant a mention.
- New York’s Natural Wine Fair Invasion
- 6 Northern Rhône Syrahs to Drink with Lamb (and All the Time)
- The Great Wine-Sulfur Debate
Here, seven such favorites: