Though it’s somewhat of a buzzword, the term natural wine doesn’t carry a specific definition. Instead, it references a general wine category that typically involves less intervention from the winemaker — so, unadulterated fermented grape juice — during the winemaking process. These wines can span the spectrum of flavors from funky and sour to elegant and nuanced.
Originating in Parisian bistros, natural wine is everywhere today, manifesting in an array of hues from burnt orange to pale purple. While Chicago may not have any specific natural wine bistros, many of the city’s most forward-thinking restaurants and bars embrace this style, with more than half of their list devoted to “naked” wines. Below, some great options to test the natural wine waters.Read More