Friday, July 7 tasting
French natural wine
6-8 PM no reservations needed

Claire Naudin “Le Clou 34” aligoté Vin de France 2015
Joubert “Cuv
ée Jules Chauvet” Beaujolais-Villages 2015
Rochard “P’tit Clou” cabernet franc Vin de France 2015
Emile Hérédia “Les Dimanches à New York” cinsault Vin de France 2015

Tonight, we’re pouring four fresh French natural wines from importer MC2. All the wines we’re tasting tonight are produced with zero added sulfites. Why no sulfites? Well, the answer is not, as you might assume, a function of sulfites being the greatest threat to human wellbeing of our time. That’s a false flag created, in part, by stone-cold racist, masterful hypocrite, and all-around shit-bird Strom Thurmond, who sponsored a bill back in the 80s that compels wineries today to add frightening language about sulfites on wine bottle labels to deliberately to freak people out about drinking. You see, Thurmond was not really concerned about sulfites. He was a committed temperance advocate and thought that some folks might be so afraid of something mysterious added to their wine that seemed evil (Hades is sulfurous) that they might just give up drinking, period. Sulfites, especially the low levels added by the folks we work with, are benign. If you think that you’re allergic to wine because of the low level of sulfites a bottle of it might contain, you’re not wrong, but just responding either to the placebo effect, which is indeed a powerful thing, or, you may be sensitive to other, natural compounds in many wines such as biogenic amines that do cause some people problems, but these exist even in wines made with zero sulfur. Natural winemakers try to reduce or eliminate added sulfur because they think that the wines they make this way taste better. Extra deliciousness and not any medical concern was the impetus behind the father of modern natural wine, Beaujolais grower Jules Chauvet, and his quest to ferment wine without sulfites. One of the wines we’re tasting tonight is a Beaujolais that’s named in honor of Chauvet.

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