As natural wines have grown in popularity in recent years, their demand has also increased. Natural wine describes a wine that is processed as little as possible, although some winemakers prefer terms like âlow interventionâ or âbrut wineâ.
âTo me, natural wine means it’s made with as few interruptions as possible,â said Haley Fortier, owner of wine bars. Nathalie and haley.henry. âMay it come from the winemaker in its purest form.
Catering to both seasoned connoisseurs of natural wines or first-timers looking to get their feet wet, the following wine bars and shops specialize in low-intervention wines. And the experts who work there will be happy to answer questions. The following three wine bars also sell full bottles to take home.
haley.henry, 45 Province Street, Boston
haley.henry was one of the first wine bars on the Boston scene when Fortier opened it at Downtown Crossing in 2016. The Small Dining Room specializes in low-production natural wines paired with seafood canned. Fortier noted that while not all wines she buys have to be “all-natural”, they “all fall within the guidelines of organic, sustainable, or natural farming in one way or another.”
Nathalie, 186 Brookline Ave., Boston
Fortier’s second business, nathÃ¡lie in Fenway, is just as charming as haley.henry, with a small menu of snacks and platters designed to complement their thoughtful wine list stacked with small-production, natural and locally produced wines. women. âI don’t want to serve the same thing that you find all over town,â said Fortier. âThat’s right, sitting in a wine bar: adventure.
Rebel rebel, 1 Bow Market Way, Somerville
Located in Somerville’s Bow Market, Rebel Rebel Wine Bar has been serving natural wines since 2018. They do not take reservations and do not offer a full menu. But they believe in the power of community and the “power of natural wine to get us back to the basics of our connection with farmers, women and the planet,” their website says. In 2019, the bar raised $ 27,000 as part of a local effort for access to abortion.
Bottega wine, 341 Hanover Street, Boston
In the heart of the North End, Wine Bottega has been selling exclusively natural wine since 2016. The funky, no-frills boutique, which doesn’t take itself too seriously, supplies its shelves with wine “made with clean agriculture in the vineyard and without chemicals.” intervention in the cellar â, specifies their site. Their subscription service, the âNatty Wine Club,â keeps customer wine rotations attractive with options for three or six bottles of natural wine per month.
American provisions, 613 East Broadway, South Boston; 1971 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester
These South Boston and Dorchester stores focus not only on natural wine, but also on other carefully selected artisan foods like cheese, meats, and craft beer. American Provisions also offers a subscription service for three bottles of sustainably made wine per month. Plus, wine club members get 10% off in-store purchases at the time of pickup.
Urban grape, 303 Columbus Ave., Boston
One of the nation’s most successful independent wine merchants, Urban Grape ranks its wine using its unique âsliding scaleâ or by weight. At this black and female-owned South End boutique, you can browse organic wines, wines that require minimal intervention, and wines made by female, BIPOC or LGBTQ + producers.
Social wines, 52 West Broadway, Boston
Social Wines, located on Broadway in South Boston, makes it easy to identify organic or natural wines. Organic wines have a green price tag – natural wines also have a leaf symbol on the label. Organic wines contain little or no sulphites and are made from grapes grown using organic farming practices, while natural wines go one step further, aiming for a drink as close as possible to the grape and time.