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The Great Natty Wine Arms Race [And Why It’s Out of Control]

Years ago, when RedThumb was just an idea bubbling away in our brains, I wanted to give Diego a look at the world of natural wine. While his wine knowledge and experience were much deeper than mine, this new faction within the wine community was a bit of a blind spot for him. Amidst some […]

Four Ways Grapes Get Water and Why Dry Farming is the Best

Four Ways Grapes Get water and Why Dry-Farming is the best | The Latest | RedThumb Natural Wines

Save water, drink wine [from dry-farmed grapes] I have a confession to make: I am a great killer of house plants. I do everything I’m supposed to: proper light, good soil, serenade them with music, etc. [Surely they dig Miles Davis and sludge metal?] I think I must go wrong with the watering. There’s a […]

War, Wine and Chaos: An Industry Insider Reflection

War, Wine and Chaos: An Industry Insider Reflection | The Latest | RedThumb Natural Wines

The great unknown[s] A famous American war criminal once stumbled over a brilliant bit of logic. He was asked about intelligence failures in the run up to an invasion, and he mused about an information paradox.  I’m paraphrasing here, as directly quoting warmongers in a wine blog could be considered gauche, but in a nutshell:  […]

A Hot Take on the Great Uprise of Non-Alcoholic Wine

A Hot Take on the Great Uprise of Non-Alcoholic Wine | The Latest | RedThumb Natural Wines

The buzz on no buzz Trends in the alcoholic beverage space come and go like yearly harvests. In the last few years we’ve seen wines aged in bourbon barrels [gross], the rise of piquette [weird], the hyper-localization of beer [very cool], and the fast ascent of craft distilled spirits [fascinating]. There is one trend, however, […]

Dave’s Great Adventure to a French Wine Showcase

Dave's Great Adventure to a French Wine Showcase | The Latest | RedThumb Natural Wines

I recently attended Millesime Bio, a trade show in Montpellier, France, which has been exhibiting 100% organic wines every January since 1993. It was truly massive, with four convention halls full of wine from over 20 countries. I was there to taste and learn, and to hopefully find an opportunity to source new varietals for […]

How To Properly Order Natural Wine at a Restaurant

How To Properly Order Natural Wine at a Restaurant | The Latest | RedThumb Natural Wines

We’ve all been there One of life’s great pleasures is a night out at an exciting restaurant. Delicious food, attentive hospitality, and swanky surroundings all make for a memorable experience. There can be a bit of anxiety, of course, when someone hands you the wine list. Whether it’s a tight 8-bottle list or massive binder […]

Rosé: An Important Discussion on Popularity

Rosé: An Important Discussion on Popularity| The Latest | RedThumb Natural Wines

Has rosé jumped the shark? [Spoiler: no, it hasn’t.] When Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli [aka Fonzie, aka the Fonz] donned a pair of water-skis in 1977 and jumped over a live shark in an episode of the then-wildly popular hit TV show Happy Days, there were certainly reasons to be excited about the stunt. It should […]

How Can Restaurants Consider Natural Wine On Their Menus?

How Can Restaurants Consider Natural Wine On Their Menus? | The Latest | RedThumb Natural Wines

Where can natural wine fit in? It’s not breaking news that there are more natural wines on restaurant menus than ever before. I’d love to give you a statistic supporting this claim, but “natural wine” is difficult to classify. Still, talk to a sommelier at a restaurant and I bet they’ve got some thoughts on […]

Why It’s So Important to Find the Right Wine Distributor

Why It's So Important to Find the Right Wine Distributor | The Latest | RedThumb Natural Wines

“Swiping right”: On finding the right wine distributor A few years into running RedThumb, I’ve come to believe that the right distributor holds the key to increasing the availability and understanding of natural wine. A quick refresher: Each state requires a third party – [in our case, between us and those who will ultimately consume […]

10 Wine Festivals You Need to Attend in 2024

10 Wine Festivals You Need to Attend in 2024 | The Latest | RedThumb Natural Wines

You could go outside and touch grass, or go to a wine festival If you’re reading this I can assume two things. One, you’ve managed to climb out of the 2023 muck [hopefully not battered or too badly beaten], and will soon find yourself basking in the optimistic glow of freshly minted 2024. Congratulations! Let’s […]