Natural wines “not for the masses”

on 23/01/12 at 10:47 am

Wine

One of the UK’s top natural wine importers has spoken out about the natural wine movement, comparing the wines to the works of Karl Marx.

“Natural wines require a critical approach. They’re a bit like the works of Karl Marx; not intended for the masses,” Giuseppe Mascoli of Aubert & Mascoli told the drinks business.

“Marx was writing for a specific audience with a sufficient level of knowledge to understand and appreciate his work. The same can be said for natural wines,” he added.

Mascoli, who represents over 35 Italian and French natural winemakers in the UK, told db industrial wines are like “cartoon characters” made to please children.

“People are trying to shortcut millions of years of history by manipulating wines with selected yeasts. I’d rather a wine have oddities than be tailor-made,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mascoli’s business partner, Guillaume Aubert, called natural wine “a silent assassin.”

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