The 15 Most Important Natural Wine Bars in America
The concept of minimal intervention is going big. Here are some of the best places to sip right now—naturally
There's a whole lot of talk about natural wine these days, and never mind that the talk can often result in heated debate—what’s important is that we’re having the conversation. Originating (like so many good things) in France, the exact definition for the term remains hazy, but the principles behind these wines are unanimously agreed upon: use of organic fruit (often farmed with biodynamic principles), implemented, fermented with native yeasts, and vinified with minimal intervention in the cellar.
What started out French has quickly become American, too, with the natural wine movement now taking the country by storm. At present, natural wine is nothing short of a nationwide phenomenon, with all-natural wine bars popping up across the country.
Looking to whet your palate, and gain a greater understanding of the good stuff? Here are some the best natural wine bars in America, right now—stop in, get to know the juice behind the jargon, gain a greater understanding of the genre, and for goodness’ sake, have a drink.
Stems & Skins Charleston
Located in the Park Circle neighborhood of North Charleston, Stems & Skins, whose name appropriately references a cluster of grapes, was established in 2016, focused on serving natural wines, classic cocktails, and a global selection of beers. “Going to Stems & Skins is like going to a close friend's house for the evening,” says Sarrah Wile, founding partner of natural wine importer, Sour Grapes. “Matt and his wife, Angie, who is almost always there working the floor, are so welcoming. You know you're in good hands and you really feel that southern hospitality.” Expect Mediterranean-style bar snacks, sandwiches, and rotating special events, such as Sunday Meatball Night, or Vinyl Night—bringing a record to spin will get you a fifteen percent discount on your final bill.