Embark on an exciting journey into the world of natural wines with our beginner's guide, crafted to assist you in choosing the perfect bottle. Whether you're pondering the essence of "What is Natural Wine?" or exploring the rising popularity of Orange Wine and Pet-nat, or perhaps wondering, "Where can I buy Natural Wine in Hong Kong?" – consider the magic unlocked. Let's demystify the natural wine scene with a simple yet engaging introduction to help you find the ideal bottle for your palate.
Choosing Your Natural Wine: A Beginner's Guide
Welcome to the enchanting world of natural wines, where each bottle tells a unique story of craftsmanship and flavor. If you're new to the scene and curious about the art of selecting a natural wine, get ready for a journey of discovery.
In this beginner's guide, we'll unravel the secrets of natural wines, making it easy for you to choose the perfect bottle for any occasion. From the vibrant hues of orange wines to the surprising depth of natural whites and the fresh, fruit-forward notes of reds, we'll explore the diverse landscape of natural wines together. Let's uncork the possibilities and find the natural wine that suits your taste buds and preferences. Cheers to your introductory guide on how to choose the magic in every sip!
Orange Wines: The Sunny Side of Natural
Picture a spectrum ranging from Fanta to rust to Orangina – that's the palette of orange wines. Orange wines, or skin contact wines, are an ancient art crafted by allowing the juice of white grapes to ferment on their skins, sometimes with stems included. This process results in the infusion of tannins and phenolics, creating the unique and trendy orange wine.
For a delightful introduction to orange wines, consider trying L'Orange 2022, DOMAINE DE COURBISSAC. L'Orange is a vivid wine that mirrors its name – a radiant spirit, bold yet refreshingly unique. Crafted to harmonize with the passion of regional cuisine, it marries the flavors of land and sea, demanding a robust companion. Another recommendation is Montesoro, VALLI UNITE, an orange wine from Piedmont with coppery veins and a well-defined character, expressing the territory's essence with hints of ripe fruit.
White Wines: Full of SurprisesIf you think you know white wine, think again. Natural white wines break the mold, offering a fuller and more unconventional experience than their conventional counterparts. For an exploration into the world of natural whites, consider indulging in Pantagruele, CANTINA MARTINELLI, an oak-matured 100% Garganega wine with intense notes of ripe fruit, vanilla, and oak. For those in Hong Kong, this unique wine is available at our natural wine online shop.
Red Wines: Fresh, Bright, and Fruit Forward
Natural red wines stick to a more traditional winemaking process but with a twist. For a journey into the realm of natural reds, savor Piccola Peste Rosso Veronese, TERRE DI PIETRA, and Nerocapitano Rosso, LAMORESCA. These selections boast a fresh and vibrant fruit-forward profile that is sure to captivate your palate. Available at our Hong Kong wine shop, Piccola Peste Rosso Veronese and Nerocapitano Rosso showcase the best of natural winemaking.
Piccola Peste Rosso Veronese, TERRE DI PIETRA, is a light and fruity wine made from organic Corvina, Corvinone, and Rondinella grapes, while Nerocapitano Rosso, LAMORESCA, is a quintessential Sicilian red wine with a striking strength and intense flavor crafted from Frappato and Nero d'Avola grapes. Both are must-try options for those seeking natural wines in Hong Kong.
Rosé Wines: Pink Perfection
Rosé wines, also known as blush or vin gris, are crafted by extracting color from red grape skins or red flesh. PINQ Q, Braccia Rese's Rosé Frizzante, is a unique and rare wine made from 100% Quagliano grapes, sulfite-free, with a moderate tannin structure and a strong fruity flavor. The Earth Wine proudly offers this delightful and unique pink creation.
Sparkling or Pet-Nats: Fizz with a Natural Twist
Natural winemakers are now experimenting with sparkling wines. Galipette 2022, VIGNOBLES PUEYO, and Particella 128, CINQUE CAMPI, offer unique experiences with enticing notes of white flowers, chamomile, and spring herbs. Galipette is a sparkling jewel born from Semillon and Muscadelle grapes, entirely sulfite-free, with a spirited bouquet and a creamy opulence. Particella 128, crafted through the classic method, features Spergola grapes with enticing notes of flowers and citrus fruits. Both are available at our online shop for those looking to explore natural sparkling wines.
Wine Jargon: Let's Break it Down
Ferment: Yeasts breaking down sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide.
Tannins: Natural compounds adding dryness and acidity to wine.
Macerate: Soaking grapes, seeds, and stems in wine juice to extract color and aroma compounds.
Sulphur: An element used in winemaking to prevent spoilage and oxidation.
Body: The weight of wine, influenced by alcohol content, extracts, winemaking process, and grape varieties.
Skin Contact:Allowing grape skins to ferment with the juice for added flavor and color.
Acidity: The tartness or sourness of wine; a crisp wine indicates higher acidity.
Next time you're offered a natural wine, ask the right questions armed with this knowledge and embark on a journey of flavors beyond the ordinary! Cheers to discovering the vibrant world of natural wines!
Choosing the perfect natural wine is a thrilling adventure, and we can't wait for you to take the first sip. To make your exploration even more exciting, order our exclusive Natural Wine Pack, handpicked by our expert team. This curated selection, available at our shop, and deliver to your doorstep in Hong Kong and Macau, features a variety of styles, allowing you to embark on a personalized and delightful natural wine journey. Whether you're intrigued by the notes of orange wines or the fuller flavors of natural whites and reds, our pack is designed to cater to every palate.
Get ready to uncork, sip, and savor the magic of natural wines – your journey begins with the clink of a glass. Cheers to discovering and enjoying the world of natural wines in Hong Kong!