Earlier last week I went to The Real Wine Fair, a showcase for those who produce organic, bio dynamic and low intervention wines. I've been to a couple of these fairs now so have a little understanding how they work. Tip: Grab the booklet and tasting glass at the entrance (took me a little while to figure out where every one got their glasses from on my first one!) take a few minutes to read the booklet and then attack!
Now whilst I have been to a few wine fairs, this was my first 'niche' one and I wasn't really sure what to expect. I've heard both sides of the argument when it comes to organic wines, both bad and good, and after my day I can start to understand them both, although I overwhelmingly enjoyed most of the wines available.
Unfortunately, I don't think people en mass will take to these wines for a few reasons. They are cloudy (because they haven't been filtered) slightly more expensive and I found usually accompanied by a bitten, browning green apple aroma, which I actually found pleasant but can understand wouldn't be to everyone's liking.
Nethertheless it was a great opportunity to try some previously unknown to me wines, such as pet nat (naturally sparkling), Georgian varities dating back to eons ago and even a few things from Wales, which sums up the whole reason I love wine! It's a never ending, rather tasty, life long, education.