Wine Reviews: Natura Un-Oaked Chardonnay

Green. Natural. Organic. Biodynamic. Local. Sustainable.

The terms above relates to various aspects of life now. Food, clothing, homes, cars, and it is becoming bigger in the world of wine. The debate on natural wines or wines made with pesticides has proponents on either side as heated as the political air in Washington, D.C.  I can see both sides, but I believe in staying above the fray. I’m beginning to seek out wines made like my food – closest to what’s good for the earth and to think outside the traditional.

My goal is to teach people to try different wines and if you don’t know what to drink, research and ask lots of questions.

Wine education is like going to college that never ends. It is always evolving, changing, and I’m studying like crazy. I want to be able to understand what goes not only into making wine and what’s in my wine, but what are the best practices for the region, how it affects the soil, the people, and the industry. It’s a constant learning and I know there is no end goal. My job is to be open with my mind and my palette. I have an insatiable appetite for information and once I get on a topic I am like a dog with a bone. I am filling notebooks with my findings and will be bringing them to my writing.

I’m researching wine producers and my findings depend on where I live. I’m currently in a small town in Louisiana with limited wine selections. I found a small liquor store 30 miles away with a great selection and who take wine requests. They were able to secure a few bottles of the budget-friendly Natura Un-Oaked Chardonnay from Valle de Casablanca, Chile, 2012 for me to try while I’m in town.

I could go on a rant about over-oaked chardonnay, but there is no need when you can find un-oaked with depth and flavor. There isn’t a super buttery aftertaste like many chardonnays. I paired this wine with soy and orange glazed salmon with sautéed cauliflower rice and asparagus. Add this wine to your spring party list. 

Julia Coney

Partner (Washington DC, USA)

Julia spent over twenty years working in the legal field before switching careers to become a luxury  writer and consultant focusing on travel, wine, and lifestyle. She has worked with American Airlines, Celebrity Cruises, Marriott, Starwood, the Estee Lauder Companies, Visit France Tourism, Barbados Tourism, Savannah Tourism, Belize Tourism, the Four Seasons companies, and more. Julia has been featured in The Washington Post, Washingtonian, Texas Monthly, New York Magazine, Ebony, Essence, Glamour, print and online publications.   Originally from Houston, Texas, Julia currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area where she writes and consults with various companies while studying for her WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) Level 2 exam. 

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