8greenbottles - natural wine berlin

8greenbottles – Berlin

If you’re in, or visiting Berlin, be sure to stop by 8greenbottles! An exceptional shop showcasing the newest generation of German natural winemakers, as well as other staples and rising stars from around Europe.

8greenbottles was started by Ramona and Philipp back in 2018. They first fell in love with natural wine because of it’s taste, unique labels and the openness of the community. To them natural wine is the essence of what wine is: it’s wine stripped down to its core. Which is a beautiful thought.

Ramona and Philipp always felt like the conventional wine industry was an intimidating place, where connaisseurs often looked down on people asking questions. Their idea was to make a safe space, where everyone was welcome to come, and no one should feel ashamed to ask for advice. In their own words ‘We try to create a welcoming and accessible context for our wines, so that hopefully more people can enjoy them and learn about them!’

Since they began, they have opened two shops in Berlin and their team has grown to include Anne, Jess, Anna, Léa, Melis and Kostia. 🙌

Find both 8greenbottles stores on Raisin now! You won’t regret visiting them 🍇

8greenbottles - natural wine berlin

8greenbottles - natural wine berlin

8greenbottles - natural wine berlin

Domaine Dandelion - Vin Naturel

Harvesting at Domaine Dandelion

Last weekend we were lucky enough to spend some time in Burgundy, more precisely in the Hautes Côtes de Beaune where the beautiful village of Mavilly-Mandelot is located.

For the 2022 harvest season, we went to lend a hand to Morgane Seuillot and Christian Knott at Domaine Dandelion. Pinot Noir, Aligoté, beautiful, healthy grapes and weather to match.

A picture is worth a thousand words and so we’ll let you appreciate this picturesque place and experience for yourself. The sky, the vineyard, and the joy, it was a real privilege to spend this moment in their company.

Domaine Dandelion - Vin Naturel

Domaine Dandelion - Vin Naturel

Domaine Dandelion - Vin Naturel

Domaine Dandelion - Vin Naturel

Domaine Dandelion - Vin Naturel

Le Chateau de ma Reum natural wine paris

Le Chateau de ma Reum – Paris

In the heart of Montmartre, a stone’s throw from the Abbesses, Le Chateau de ma Reum is a hidden gem, designed to feel like the terraces of Provence.

Originally from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the owner, Stan, offers natural wines from the South of France, Provence, Corsica, the Rhone Valley, Languedoc-Roussillon and a little bit of Savoie too!

After working in the restaurant business in both London and Paris, with a wine merchant diploma in hand, he discovered natural wines at the Cave de Belleville where he worked for over two years.

Now at Château de ma Reum, you can find some well known wines like Souhaut, Gramenon or Arena, but also lots of new unknown and up and coming winemakers: Pauline Maziou, Johann Tete ou Justine Vigne , to name a few! Stan often travels back sound to the sunshine to bring back great drinks with friends. Everything is available to go, but you are also welcome to stay in the charming surroundings of Montmartre.

Le Chateau de ma Reum are making environmentally conscious choices of food, drink and recycling. You can come here for a drink, to eat some sunny specialities. Or you can grab your bottle to go, and place yourself in Sacré-Coeur and enjoy it.

Find Château de ma Reum on Raisin now!

Photos: Marielle Gaudry

Le Chateau de ma Reum natural wine paris

Le Chateau de ma Reum natural wine paris

Le Chateau de ma Reum natural wine paris

Aaron Ayscough natural wine book

The World of Natural Wine: What It Is, Who Makes It, and Why It Matters

Aaron Ayscough’s new book ‘The World of Natural Wine: What It Is, Who Makes It, and Why It Matters.’ is out now.

You may have heard of Aaron Ayscough in the past or at least read his excellent blog https://notdrinkingpoison.com/ which has long been a reference for natural wine lovers. In his first book, Aaron continues his in depth research into the natural wine movement from it’s origins in Paris and the Beaujolais in the mid-1980s, to the future exciting winemakers to keep an eye on and make sure that you try.

The book is filled with pages and pages of meticulous and extremely interesting research about the most important natural winemakers in France, plus chapters about how to taste natural wine, serve natural wine, and where to find natural wine (without forgetting Raisin of course! 🙂)

You also get an in depth look at how natural wine is made, what exactly is natural viticulture, and at the different wine movements happening around Europe.

This is the perfect guide and reference for both professionals and newcomers to the natural wine scene, everything is explained clearly, and is so easy to understand while being filled with pro tips, and exciting insights.

This book is truly a must read for all natural wine lovers!

 

Aaron Ayscough natural wine book

Aaron Ayscough natural wine book

Aaron Ayscough natural wine book

wild world natural wine fair new york

Wild World – New York – 2022

Wild World is back! November 14 on the Red Hook waterfront at Strong Rope Brewery from 12 to 7.

Wild World is a festival dedicated to natural fermentation! Natural wines & ciders, spontaneous beer, fermented foods & more!

This New York addition will have more than 50 natural fermentors showcasing their amazing craft alongside special guests like Alice Feiring (author of Natural Wine for the People) and Garrett Oliver the American brewer and beer author.

Wild World is one of the only wine fairs which showcases a true US line up of winemakers, and of course it’s organised by true natural wine lovers.

Raisin is proud to support them and we can’t wait to see you all there!

https://www.wildworldfestival.com/

Eric Morain quitte son métier d’avocat

Eric Morain Retires From Being a Lawyer

On Saturday, August 27th, Eric Morain announced that he was leaving his job as a lawyer, disillusioned by the disturbing collapse of the judicial system as a whole. Justice loses one of its best lawyers. The natural wine world does as well.

From this point of view, losing Eric Morain is very, very, bad news. We cannot forget that Eric has led and won many battles and court cases with exemplary winemakers: Olivier Cousin, Emmanuel Giboulot, Alexandre Bain, Sébastien David, etc. Eric has always been there to support the natural wine movement and its activists (Raisin included) in the face of injustice. We would like to honour his excellence, his eloquence, his sense of justice and his integrity, which have made such a difference to so many. Not to mention his sense of humour, his compassion and his penmanship, which we hope to continue to follow on Twitter and elsewhere!

Because Eric remains one of the most fervent and brilliant representatives of natural wine, and gastronomy that goes with it. We wish him all the best for the future and we sincerely hope he will be happy in his next endeavours!

More information on Eric Morain’s Twitter account.