For those who prefer their wines un-toyed with, New York has a new drinking destination specializing in organic, biodynamic, and natural wines. Tangled Vine (434 Amsterdam Avenue), a wine bar on the Upper West Side, sells wines vinified with “minimal use of pesticides, herbicides, and chemical inputs,” according to its website. “Natural yeasts… are used if possible.” Natural wine enthusiasts believe wines made in this way taste better, but also like the fact that they know what has gone into making them. (In case you weren’t aware, a slew of additives and mechanical processes go into the production of conventional wines.)
Some 190 wines by the bottle and 50 by the glass are available, including such cult bottlings as Lopez de Heredia’s 1999 Gravonia Rioja Blanco, a wine that is as old-school and all-natural as they come, and Domaine du Moulin’s 2008 Cheverny Rouge. Flights are offered starting at $15.
So far, March is shaping up to be a great month for natural wine lovers. Importer and all-around “vin naturel” booster Jenny & Francois is hosting the Sixth Annual Natural Winemakers Week next week, featuring dinners, classes, and tastings around town where you can meet various winemakers. For more on what natural wine is exactly (hint: natural wine is organic, but organic wine isn’t necessarily natural), Serious Eats’ recent Q&A with the movement’s most vociferous proponent, Alice Feiring, has some interesting tidbits.