The New York Times | November 17, 2016

Wine That’s Not Only Natural, It’s Alive

With a nod to a growing contingent of American natural winemakers, around 25 were represented at the fair, including old favorites of mine like Dirty & Rowdy, which poured a wonderful, mineral-suffused mourvèdre from the Chalone region of California; Donkey & Goat; AmByth Estate (see if you can find its savory 2013 Paso Robles syrah); and Eyrie, now making a trousseau from the Dundee Hills of Oregon.

Newer names for me include Day Wines, making pure Willamette Valley pinot noirs, and Vinca Minor, which makes primarily cabernet sauvignon and carignan wines from old-vine vineyards in California.

Stephanie Tscheppe-Eselböck (pouring) and Eduard Tscheppe (behind her) of Gut Oggau, a small producer from the Burgenland in eastern Austria. CreditBenjamin Norman for The New York Times

“It was powerful, and we feel lucky to have been a part of it,” Jason Charles, Vinca Minor’s owner, said of the fair. “Isabelle is a force, and the community that she has built with RAW is remarkable.”