Your Guide to Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wine



New York’s most exciting wine tasting of the year will be held once again in the spacious Granite Room and Rose Room of City Hall Restaurant at 131 Duane Street. All proceeds from this event (as well as $500 donations from Chambers Street Wines and Louis/Dressner) will go to Partners-in-Health “breaking the cycle of poverty and disease in Haiti and 11 countries around the world.” (For more information or to contribute directly, go to www.pih.org) Admission is $20, cash or check at the door. No sign-up sheet this year so come anytime, but we would advise arriving between 1:00 and 2:00 or between 3:30 and 4:00.

Natural viticulture, hand harvesting, low yields, wild yeasts, non-interventionist winemakng, and, most importantly, enjoyment, are the “principles” of Louis/Dressner. These growers are a unique and fascinating group committed to the natural expression of their terroirs and culture through honest, traditional wines. Here’s the list of vignerons attending:

Domaine de la Pépière, Muscadet; Domaine Luneau-Papin, Muscadet; Domaine Bernard Baudry, Chinon; Domaine du Closel, Savennières; Domaine François Pinon, Vouvray; Domaine des Terres Dorées, Beaujolais; Domain Franck Peillot, Savoie; Domaine Eric Texier, Rhone; Montesecondo, Tuscany; Weingut Knebel; Weingut Immich-Baterieberg; Weingut Clemens Busch and Weingut Koehler-Ruprecht.
And we’ll be pouring wines from these outstanding domains as well: La Sansonnière, Anjou; Noella Morantin, Touraine; Tue-Boeuf, Touraine; Puzelat-Bonhomme, Touraine; Les Vin Contés, Touraine; Michel Augé, Touraine; Laurent Barth, Alsace; Claude Maréchal, Burgundy; Paul Pernot, Burgundy; Jean Manciat, Macon; Clos de la Roilette, Fleurie; Desvignes, Morgon; Georges Descombes, Morgon; Lard des Choix, Ardeche; Marcel Richaud, Rhone; Oratoire Saint-Martin, Cairanne; Hauvette, Provence; Mas Chimères, Languedoc; Domaine du Possible, Roussillon; Nusserhof, alto Adige; Monte dall’Ora, Valpolicella; Bera, Piedmont; Cascina Tavijn, Piedmont; Ca de Noci, Emilia-Romagna; Graciano, Emilia-Romagna; Sanguineto, Montalcino; Guttarolo, Puglia; Del Prete, Puglia; Romeo del Castello, Sicily; De Bartoli, Sicily. Wow, what a list, see you on the 22nd!


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Jenny & François Selections is pleased to announce the 2014 Natural Winemakers’ Week, March 1-6!

Set your tweets to hashtag #nww14!

Natural, Organic, and Biodynamic Winemakers from France, Italy, Spain, and the USA are coming to NYC for a week of wine dinners, classes, and free tastings. Set your tweets to #nww14!

SATURDAY, MARCH 1

11a-5pm: Astor Center Grand Tasting 399 Lafayette St, 4th St, NYC, (212) 674-7501

Tickets $29 at www.astorcenternyc.com – this event sells out quickly!

SUNDAY, MARCH 2

4-7pm: Appellation Wine & Spirits 156 Tenth Ave, NYC (212) 741-9474

Free Tasting

8pm: The Farm on Adderley 1108 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn (718) 287-3101

Winemaker dinner with Christian Binner, Clement Cousin, and Hardy Wallace (Dirty and Rowdy Family Winery).

Featuring a seasonal, hearty meal to compliment the natural wine. $75/person

Reservations required – thefarmonadderleyevents@gmail.com

MONDAY, MARCH 3

10am-5pm: Jenny & Francois Portfolio Tasting 287 Spring Street between Hudson and Varick St

Trade and press only

Please RSVP – call 646-775-6400 or info@jennyandfrancois.com

TUESDAY, MARCH 4

5-7pm: Fermented Grapes 651 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn (718) 230-3216

Free Tasting

8pm: The Ides Bar – Wythe Hotel 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn (718) 460-8000

Party featuring all the winemakers, wines by the glass.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5

5-7pm: Chambers Street Wines Tasting 148 Chambers Street, NYC (212) 227-1434

Free Tasting

8pm: Aska Restaurant 90 Wythe Avenue Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718) 388-2969

Winemaker dinner with Dirty and Rowdy Family Winery. $150/person (including tax + gratuity)

Reservations required – reservations@askanyc.com

More Events to be announced! Please visit www.jennyandfrancois.com/nww14 for updates and tastings throughout the city.


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Join us for an evening of wine and discovery, at the Slow Wine US Tour: 3rd Edition. Using your own Slow Wine guide, a value of $25- included in the price of each ticket, you can taste your way through the regions of Italy, learning more about the quality, terroir and value of each wine. Join us to discover new wines and meet the people behind 70+ selected Italian producers who represent the Slow Wine values.

The third edition of the wine guide in English, Slow Wine, adopts a new approach to wine criticism and looks at a variety of factors to evaluate wineries in their entirety, taking into consideration the wine quality, typicity and adherence to terroir, value for money, environmental sensitivity and ecologically sustainable viticultural practices.

Terra Gallery & Event Venue
511 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Monday, January 27, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Buy tickets here.


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VinNatur is holding a Natural Wine Tasting in Oslo, Norway on November 19th. Over 200 wines will be available to sample.

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For the second time, the Syndicat des Vignerons Bio d’Aquitaine will be organising a tasting of 100% organic wines at VINEXPO: in Tasting Lounges 1 and 2 at the Palais des Congrès (Convention Centre) on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 June 2013. This professional event brings together 130 French winegrowers and confirms the public’s new-found passion for organic wines. Here is a look at this tasting, unique in France…

Organic wines, naturally at Vinexpo

For two days, 130 organic winegrowers from all over France – Alsace, Bergerac, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence, the Rhone Valley, the Loire Valley, etc. – will be presenting a wide range of organic wines.

Two free tasting areas will also make it possible to discover French organic wines whenever you wish: ones that have won medals at the Concours Expression Bio and at themed tastings such as Vieux Millésimes Bio (old vintages) , Rosés Bio, Vins Blancs Secs Bio (dry white wines), Bulles (sparkling wines) & Blancs Bio liquoreux (sweet white wines). This year, the tasting on Tuesday 18 June will end at 7:30 pm to enable professionals to stay longer and discuss with winegrowers.

Organic wines are increasingly successful

For the past several years, organic winegrowing has developed enormously in France: the surface area of organic vines nearly tripled from 2007 to 2011, and now comprises 7.4% of French vineyards. Aquitaine, the third largest producer of French organic wines, is consistent with this trend, with organic vineyards growing some 23 % from 2010 to 2011.

Organic wine production has increased, and demand has as well: 1 French person out of 3 regularly drinks organic wine . In 2011, French sales of organic wines amounted to 359 million euros (+11.5% compared to 2010). At the present time (and mostly for longer then the past 5 years), 74% of gastronomic restaurants sell organic wines, as do 94% of supermarkets. Exports are also buoyant, and organic wines are very much in vogue in Northern Europe, Asia (Japan and South Korea) and North America.

More restrictive regulations make for greater ease in communicating

Organic wines have had to respect more involved specifications since the 1st of August 2012. The making of grapes into wine is now subject to strict regulations. This extension of European legislation makes it easier to promote organic wines instead of relying on the previous description, vin issu de raisins de l’agriculture biologique (i.e. “wine made from organically-grown grapes”).


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RAW is one of the most exciting, and certainly the largest, collection of fine, natural, organic and biodynamic wine artisans ever to come together in the capital. The two-day celebration of some of the best wine talent in the world offers visitors the chance to sample over 1000 different wines from more than 200 growers. As well as tastings, the show features talks from the world’s leading experts and a selection of incredible food by renowned artisan food producers and restaurants. The independent fair is organised by Isabelle Legeron MW – the first French female to earn the accolade of Master of Wine and the first MW to focus exclusively on natural wine.

Dates: 19th – 20th May 2013. Sunday – open to public and trade, Monday – open to trade in the day, public early evening
Times: Sunday (open to everyone) 10 am to 6 pm. Monday (open to trade) 10 am to 8 pm
Address: F BLOCK, The Old Truman Brewery, 83 Brick Ln, London E1 6QL.

The entrances to use are near the corner of Brick Lane and Hanbury Street.
Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street Station (or Shoreditch High Street). RAW is a 5 to 10-minute walk from the station

Web Address: rawfair.com, Twitter @rawfair and Facebook: www.facebook.com/rawfair

Price: Sunday All day: £20 (fee included) – if bought in advance. All day: £25 – on the door Monday: 5pm to 8pm: £20 (fee included) – if bought in advance 5pm to 8pm: £25 – on the day (trade only in the day) Sunday & Monday tickets (i.e. all day Sunday and evening Monday): for £30.
Age Group: 18+


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The Tangled Vine Bar is holding their second annual tasting to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. They’ll be sampling 20 Old World Wines with delicious bites of Mediterranean Cuisine to match.

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Time: 3pm – 6pm
Where: The Tangled Vine – Wine Bar & Kitchen
434 Amsterdam Avenue, New York (SW Corner of 81st St.)
Suggested Minimum Donation: $50 p/person (100% of proceeds go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society)

More info on their website.


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Our friends at Amail Restaurant have a wine dinner tomorrow: Assyrtiko No Longer, The New (or Rather Old) Red Wines of Greece. See the info below.


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