The team from Deep Creek Cellars has returned from Natural Winemakers Week in New York City, somewhat exhausted but upbeat about the prospects for the natural and sustainable wine industry. From Paul Roberts, proprietor of Deep Creek: “I will say the ‘natural wine’ calling card is big medicine there. I have never seen so many people in one place trying to think about energy and local and healthy and artisan.”
Independently, Brighter Products came across another indication of growth in the natural wine arena. The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) will speak about its International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing Award during the 2012 FIVS Global Trade Policy Conference, which will take place in Brussels, Belgium, on March 19, 2012. According to BRIT, this new (first given out in 2010) award is the only international award of its kind, aimed at “…progressive wine organizations from around the world that practice ‘ground to glass’ sustainability.”
You can find out more about BRIT, its award, and the FIVS Conference in this article. In the course of our research, we’ve come across some other interesting wine sites. In The Grape describes itself as “Dedicated to the Enjoyment of Spirited Grape Products.” The Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center in Brooklyn, NY, has a “Sustainable Wine Geekery” event on May 14, 2012. Alice Feiring’s site has much about wines in general, and a page dedicated to natural wines. Don’t even think about boarding that Air France flight without first checking out Wineterroirs. Finally, the splendidly-named Cork Dork Report currently has a report on the wines of Spain.