Things People Like about Natural Wines

Things People Like about Natural Wines: Part 10 Jean Luc le Du

On May 15, 2014, in Blog, Things People Like about Natural Wines, by Nick Gorevic
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Jean Luc le Du has been a fixture in the New York City wine scene for almost two decades now. He helmed the list a sommelier at restaurant Daniel in the mid 1990′s and also designed many of the lists at Daniel Boulud’s renowned restaurants, including Café Boulud. He opened le Du’s wines in 2005 and put together a slick, huge, and very successful wine store that is one of the city’s best. Needless to say, Jean Luc has tasted and bought an incredible amount of the world’s most storied wines.

However, we wanted to sit down and talk to him about another one of his passions- natural wine. Nestled amongst the Grand Cru Burgundies at le Du’s, you’ll find treasures from the world’s top natural winemakers as well- Olivier Cousin, Frank Cornelissen, and Grange Tiphaine just to name a few. Check out the video to learn what Jean Luc likes about natural wines:

 

Things People Like about Natural Wines: Part 9 Patrick Cappiello of Pearl and Ash

On July 8, 2013, in Blog, Things People Like about Natural Wines, Trade, by Nick Gorevic
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Patrick Cappiello_800 You don’t have to look around much to find some hype about the wine list Patrick Cappiello has put together at Pearl & Ash. The list is full of gems the mainstream world drools over, plenty of fancy Bordeaux and Burgundy at very reasonable markups. Patrick has also received some attention for his laid back style, often sitting down at the table to discuss wine options. He’s also shed the fancy suit and tie from his Veritas days in favor of heavy metal and punk tee-shirts. What some of the hype may have missed however, is that Patrick has also filled the list with a stunning array of beautiful natural wines. Patrick developed a passion for natural wines that he feels he is finally able to showcase in this brand new hip spot. We simply had to sit down with him to find out what he likes about these wines:

Simone Roveglia of Cento Filari in Asti, Piedmont

On May 7, 2013, in Blog, Things People Like about Natural Wines, by Nick Gorevic
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On our recent trip to Italy we sat down with Simone, the winemaker at Cento Filari, in Asti, Piedmont. Simone talked with us about what he really likes about drinking and making natural wines. Check out the video to hear his thoughts:

Interview with Castello di Tassarolo

On February 21, 2013, in Blog, Things People Like about Natural Wines, Trade, by Nick Gorevic
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On our recent trip to Italy, we did this brief interview with Henry and Massimilliana of Castello di Tassarolo winery. We talked all about what it’s like to work biodynamically, with horses, and why they decided to make 3 cuvées with zero sulfur added. We were even graced by a trickle of rain during the interview that really added to the ambiance. Enjoy the video!

Some Things People Like about Natural Wine- Montage!

On February 7, 2013, in Blog, Things People Like about Natural Wines, by Nick Gorevic
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Natural Winemakers’ Week 2013 is coming soon, so we thought now would be a good time to review some Things People Like about Natural Wine:

Visit www.jennyandfrancois.com/nww13 for more details on the week!

Things People Like about Natural Wines: Part 8 Jared Brandt of Donkey and Goat Winery

On September 27, 2012, in Blog, Things People Like about Natural Wines, by Nick Gorevic
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Our company began 12 years ago with Jenny and François’s dream to share their passion of a style of wines they fell in love with while living in France. That passion has spread gradually over the years with thanks in no small part to other importers like Joe Dressner, and today there are a whole host of natural wine lovers: customers, sommeliers, wine store owners, and an ever-growing list of importers, who love these wines as much as we do. With all the attention Natural Wines are getting in the media lately, we thought it would be fun to do a series where people talk about all the things they love about these wines.

Donkey and Goat began making wine in 2002. Jared, and his wife Tracy spent a year interning in France with the great winemaker Eric Texier. Since then they have been one of the leaders in the California natural wine movement. You can read their manifesto here. On our recent trip to California, we knew we just had to get some of Jared’s thoughts down on film:

Things People Like About Natural Wines: Part 7 Hardy Wallace of Dirty and Rowdy Family Winery

On August 27, 2012, in Blog, Things People Like about Natural Wines, by Nick Gorevic
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Hardy Wallace has been involved in the California natural wine scene for several years now, first while working with Kevin Kelly at the NPA, and now with his own project, Dirty and Rowdy Family Winery. Hardy has a keenly developed sense of humour, and is no stranger to video shoots about Natural Wine, so we knew we’d get some good stuff from him.

We’re really excited to be distributing his wines in New York very soon. While we love many of the natural wines made in California, the Jenny & François palate is geared towards something a little bit lighter in texture, and Hardy’s wines fit that bill exactly. Look for them on a shelf in NYC any day now!

 

 

Oh, and here are some things Hardy likes about Natural Wine:

Things People Like about Natural Wines: Part 6- Sophie Barrett of Chambers Street Wines

On June 20, 2012, in Blog, Things People Like about Natural Wines, by Nick Gorevic
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Our company began 12 years ago with Jenny and François’s dream to share their passion of a style of wines they fell in love with while living in France. That passion has spread gradually over the years with thanks in no small part to other importers like Joe Dressner, and today there are a whole host of natural wine lovers: customers, sommeliers, wine store owners, and an ever-growing list of importers, who love these wines as much as we do. With all the attention Natural Wines are getting in the media lately, we thought it would be fun to do a series where people talk about all the things they love about these wines.

Follow the whole series:

Part 1: Joe Campanale of Anfora

Part 2: Levi Dalton

Part 3: Pascaline Lepeltier of Rouge Tomate

Part 4: Fifi of the Ten Bells

Part 5: Ben Wood of 67 Wine

For today’s installment, we chatted with Sophie, the manager at Chambers Street Wines, a place that some have called the greatest wine store in North America. For natural wine fans, Chambers Street is certainly a temple at which we all worship, so we were really eager to hear what Sophie likes about natural wine. Sophie is also a very fine blogger in her own right, as you can see in the recent post she wrote about her visit to Champagne in, The Brainchildren of Emmanuel Lassaigne. Check out what she had to say in the interview, and make sure you follow her blog as well!

Things People Like about Natural Wines: Part 5- Ben Wood of 67 Wine

On May 30, 2012, in Blog, Things People Like about Natural Wines, by Nick Gorevic
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Our company began 12 years ago with Jenny and François’s dream to share their passion of a style of wines they fell in love with while living in France. That passion has spread gradually over the years with thanks in no small part to other importers like Joe Dressner, and today there are a whole host of natural wine lovers: customers, sommeliers, wine store owners, and an ever-growing list of importers, who love these wines as much as we do. With all the attention Natural Wines are getting in the media lately, we thought it would be fun to do a series where people talk about all the things they love about these wines.

Follow the whole series:

Part 1: Joe Campanale of Anfora

Part 2: Levi Dalton

Part 3: Pascaline Lepeltier of Rouge Tomate

Part 4: Fifi of the Ten Bells

Today we have an interview with Ben Wood, one of the wine buyers at 67 Wine on the upper west side, and one of those most responsible for its brilliant natural wine selection. Ben has helped build an incredibly avid following of natural wines in this upper west side institution. When we do tastings at 67, we are always amazed by the customers’ knowledge of our wines. Many of them are familiar with them for several vintages going back, and have become real natural wine fans. But Ben doesn’t only champion natural wines, he is also an accomplished Jazz guitarist. For information on his gigs, follow him on twitter at @7stringben. Check out what Ben likes about Natural Wine:

Things People Like about Natural Wines: Part 4- Fifi of The Ten Bells

On May 16, 2012, in Blog, Things People Like about Natural Wines, by Nick Gorevic
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Our company began 12 years ago with Jenny and François’s dream to share their passion of a style of wines they fell in love with while living in France. That passion has spread gradually over the years with thanks in no small part to other importers like Joe Dressner, and today there are a whole host of natural wine lovers: customers, sommeliers, wine store owners, and an ever-growing list of importers, who love these wines as much as we do. With all the attention Natural Wines are getting in the media lately, we thought it would be fun to do a series where people talk about all the things they love about these wines.

In Part 1, we sat with Joe Campanale of Anfora.  In Part 2, we had an interview with Levi Dalton, and in Part 3 we talked to Pascaline Lepeltier of Rouge Tomate.

For today’s installment, we sat down with Fifi of The Ten Bells wine bar, in the lower east side. I sat down for an interview with Fifi about a year and half ago, where you can read all about him and the wine bar. The Ten Bells is one of our favorite spots, and when our winemakers are in town, it’s their favorite spot too. Fifi is originally from Burgundy, and he infused Ten Bells with a classic French bar à vins feel, from the simple chalkboard wine list, to the glass jars filled with delicious potted meats. If you’ve been there before, you know it’s very dark, and therfore our camera struggled a bit with the low light. If you haven’t been there, what’s wrong with you!? Check out what Fifi had to say in this rare glimpse of him on film: