It may be late to talk about the Real Wine Fair, but it's never too late to chat about natural wine. At this year's fair I got to taste a lot of different and spectacular natural wines from all over the world, also thanks to my dear friend and experienced wine taster Thamara. Here is a visual journey through what we tasted, on our quest to find the combination between natural wine and passion at its highest expressions.
First up - Mother Rock by JH Meyer Wines, and their very own Brutal! Minerality for days and a passion for wines for a lifetime.
Martha Stoumen Wines - a one-woman in wine, with a true passion for nature and wines that scream "taste me"! Truly unconventional, refreshing wines from a land of biodiversity.
Also from California I met Lo-Fi Wines - everyday natural wine that takes inspiration from the concept of lo-fi music - unrefined. Nothing is added and nothing is taken away.
Representing Chile this year was Mauricio González Carreño, with their pipeño aged in old raulí barrels and amphorae, promoting the local heritage.
Probably the hidden gem of this wine fair - Herdade do Ceboal let us speechlessly taste this beauty, Imerso, a wine that is submerged in the ocean after bottling for maturation. This was part of the line up at the seminar "A Country of One's Own - Portugal's Quiet Wine Revolution".
From the hilly landscapes of Canelli (my home town!), had the pleasure chat with Alessandra Bera and taste Bera's natural wine perfection. Natty wines with style, certified organic.
And when in Piemonte, I went to Cascina degli Ulivi. Stefano Bellotti was one of the world's pioneers of natural wine as we know it today. From the relationship between man and nature, to biodiversity and biodynamics, the bottles below are a true work of art. Beautiful wines inside and out, with Dolcetto Nibiò becoming one of my favourites ever.
And by the end of the fair I did manage to catch a glimpse of the wonderful world of Tillingham - and taste PN18, a true #influencer. But next time I'd like to sit at a table and taste the entire range, if possible! Who's with me?