Naked wine is worth a try!
For a lot of wine snobs, natural wines can be a bit much, but like with anything else you have good producers and you have bad producers. The art of making wine without chemicals can be a bit tricky, but the selection of great naked wines are growing and lots are getting high scores from respected wine critics. In Norway we now have several importers which are specializing in these kind of wines. One of the original companies, Non Dos, is also producing some great wines worth checking out. Felice and Sisto NA13 is being released at the Vinmonopoly tomorrow and we got a taste of the fresh juice the other day. The wines are only available in small batches so order up what you need before it’s too late.
Non Dos Felice NA13, varenr. 529301, kr. 220
Non Dos Sisto NA13, varenr. 2928001, kr. 300
Frank Cornelissen is one of the rock stars of naked wine and his Susucaru is a favorite amongst the deerhunters. If you’re into Italian wine you should also check out todays special Italia-release at the Vinmonoply where you can find both Munjebel Chiusa Spagnolo 2013 and Munjebel Vigne Alte 2013 from this producer.
Susucaru Rosato 2013, varenr. 529401, kr. 250 (75 cl)
We were also lucky enough to get to taste the Skeveldra Sancerre 2005 from a double magnum, but we can also really recommend the 2012 vintage from Sébastien Riffault which again will be available in about three weeks time.
Skeveldra Sancerre 2013, varenr. 1226101, kr. 300.
Lots of wines taste better in big bottles as less of the wine is exposed to the air in the bottle. bottles come in all sizes, from a single serve (usually champagne) and the standard of 75 cl to the double magnum of 3 liters seen here to the huge Nebuchadnezzar of 15 liters.
See the whole list here:
187,5 ml Piccolo or Split: Typically used for a single serving of Champagne.
375 ml Demi or Half: Holds one-half of the standard 750 ml size.
750 ml Standard: Common bottle size for most distributed wine.
1,5 l Magnum: Equivalent to two standard 750 ml bottles.
3 l Double Magnum: Equivalent to two Magnums or four standard 750 ml bottles.
4,5 l Jeroboam (still wine): Equivalent to six standard 750 ml bottles.
6 l Imperial: Equivalent to eight standard 750 ml bottles or two Double Magnums.
9 l Salmanazar: Equivalent to twelve standard 750 ml bottles or a full case of wine!
12 l Balthazar: Equivalent to sixteen standard 750 ml bottles or two Imperials.
15 l Nebuchadnezzar: Equivalent to twenty standard 750 ml bottles.
Box wine is commonly 3 liters or a double magnum size.
Rehoboam in terms of Champagne Bottles is only 4,5 litres or 6 bottles.
Methuselah is the same size as an Imperial (6 litres) but the name is usually used for sparkling wines in a Burgundy-shaped bottle.
The list is from Wine Folly