The cellar hands had little interest in tasting wine with us. Maybe they didn't like the taste, or maybe working at a winery was as much a job to them as picking apples or working in a factory.
The debate in wine geek circles surrounding the concept of “natural wine” seems to be unending. From the uselessness of the term “natural” to hyperbolic accusations on both sides (chemical agriculture and slaves of Monsanto vs. hippies and producers of flawed wines), the arguments for and against “natural wine” have almost become trite.
Over three years ago I started attending meetings in Southold Town Hall that were convened to discuss a new wind energy code for agricultural lands. Our town leaders were not yet ready to allow residential properties to construct wind turbines but thought it was time to allow them on agricultural lands. There was passionate discussion on both ends of the spectrum.