What Is Natural Wine? An Introduction to the Hands-Off Winemaking Mentality

first_imgWine is s going au naturale, whether you’re aware of it or not. It’s the latest trend in the ever-evolving drinks scene and it’s bringing funky, fascinating, and flavorful new players to bottle shops, restaurant lists, and wine bars all over the country. Identifying a natural wine can be tricky. Unlike a genuine craft IPA or certified sustainable Merlot, there is no logo on the label designating its status. Falling somewhere between free-range, organic, unconventional, and indie-rock, natural winemaking is about the closest thing there is to letting the grapes, and the region they’re rooted in, speak freely.Kym EllisGenerally, these wines are made with a hands-off mentality. That translates to no artificial sprays in the vineyard and no additions in the cellar (commercial yeast, sulfites, etc.). Resulting wines so unique they’re just about impossible to replicate. Terroir subscribers often argue that this style of wine exhibits an extreme sense of time and place.“The phrase ‘natural wine’ doesn’t have a definition, so it can mean anything anyone wants it to mean, which is where the problem lies.”“The phrase ‘natural wine’ doesn’t have a definition, so it can mean anything anyone wants it to mean, which is where the problem lies,” says Neil Thompson, co-owner of Park Avenue Fine Wines in Portland, Oregon. He’s wary of the trend and believes the focus should be as much on producers who have been quietly producing great wine in natural ways for a while as opposed to those new to the scene.Natural Wine Labels to Try:CameronRibbon RidgeRadikonMoviaGravnerAntiquum FarmTeutonic Wine CompanyDonkey & Goat Thompson recommends New World (non-European) labels like Cameron and Ribbon Ridge, along with Old World acts like Radikon, Movia, and Gravner. He reminds us that mankind has spent thousands of years trying to master the art of making wine that is both clean and tasty. Some new to the trend, he might argue, are riding a wave that’s more likely to accept a faulty wine.If nothing else, these wines are anything but streamlined, taking on telling characteristics. A natural wine from Sardinia, for example, is likely to be all the brinier thanks to coastal breezes in the vineyard and no flavor-stripping additives throughout the winemaking process. The same goes for an earthy and rustic Pinot Noir from volcanic Willamette Valley soils.Teutonic Wine Company/FacebookWhen you think of good natural wines, picture scraggly vineyards teeming with an abundance of wildflowers and farming techniques that predate fertilizer and most machinery. It’s a return to the soulful old ways before the modern era placed a premium on high volume and predictability. Your local bottle shop or restaurant staff should be able to point you towards a solid natural wine or two. At the store, look for things like “minimal intervention,” “native yeast,” “no fining,” and “no added sulfites” on the labels. It may take a little digging, but the hunt will surely lead to some treasured – or, at the very least unusual – finds.Want other options? We also suggest the naturally-minded work of Antiquum Farm, Teutonic Wine Company, and Donkey & Goat. Meet Phylloxera, One of Wine’s Most Dangerous Pests Why You Should Give White Zinfandel a Chance (Again) Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About center_img Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region What is Biodynamic Wine? A Quick and Easy Guide to the Buzzyworthy Trend Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

AWS Targets Easier IoT Deployments

IoT is an important component of digital transformation, but it’s certainly not easy. The new IoT-focused services lets customers home in more on process than on creating a whole bunch of code.Tags:News & ViewsAmazon Web ServicesIoTIoT servicestroubleshootingre:InventInternet of ThingsAnalyst InsightCloud CommunicationsDigital TransformationVendor NewsVendor Strategy Articles You Might Like This week at its re:Invent user event in Las Vegas, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced four new services designed to make it easier for businesses to build Internet of Things (IoT) applications and take action on the data generated at the edge. The new capabilities announced at re:Invent 2018 are focused specifically on simplifying the steps required to build rich IoT applications. The services AWS rolled out can be thought of as abstraction tools that mask the complexity of performing those tasks. Specifically, AWS announced the following four services: These new services show a marked difference in AWS thinking. Historically, the company has excelled in making cloud-based tools that hardcore developers can use to build things quickly. While this will always be its core mission, these new services show an understanding that making it easier for customers to use its tools and connect them to other AWS services and third parties can accelerate usage. Nyansa Delivers IoT Operational Assurance Zeus Kerravala April 15, 2019 The IoT era is here and it’s going to take cybersecurity complexity to an entirely new level. Is Your Network Ready for IoT? Gary Audin September 13, 2019 IoT devices come in all shapes and sizes, with varied network requirements. AWS already has a bevy of IoT services, including an operating system, security tools, audit protection, analytics, and others. I’ve talked to a number of customers that use some or all of the IoT services, and the general feedback is that they are good building blocks but there’s still a lot of heavy lifting required to deploy IoT apps. Data ingestion, troubleshooting, analytics, and lots and lots of coding are often required. Aruba Simplifies IoT Adoption with ML Infusion Zeus Kerravala April 03, 2019 New Wi-Fi 6 access points and machine learning-powered device management capabilities to create more manageable and secure deployments. Do Your IoT Efforts Match Up to Successful Initiatives? Gary Audin July 26, 2019 A focus on corporate buy-in and enterprise vision, rather than technology only, is a key success factor. AWS IoT Events is an event/response service that complements SiteWise. It collects data from IoT applications and sensors and looks for anomalies such as a conveyor belt being stuck. Building this functionality in-house requires custom application development, data collection, and the decision logic to trigger actions. AWS IoT Events is a managed service making it easy to detect events across tens of thousands of IoT sensors to measure the state of anything such as humidity, speed, and temperature. For example, if temperature inside a cooler spiked, it could indicate a problem with the door and a message could be sent to a technician to investigate. IoT Events integrates with other AWS services such as IoT Core and IoT Analytics to enable early detection. I mentioned how SiteWise and Events are complementary. The former is focused on understanding the performance of industrial operations, whereas Events monitors equipment changes that trigger alerts to generate an actionable response. AWS IoT SiteWise collects data from sensors on industrial equipment and structures data so it can be used to create real-time key performance indicators (KPIs). Customers can use the data to monitor operations across facilities, simplifying the task of managing industrial IoT equipment at scale. The KPIs greatly simplify the task of monitoring equipment to identify areas that lead to waste, such as the breakdown of equipment, process inefficiencies, and product defects. Doing this manually is difficult, as data lives in silos, requiring a specialist to extract the data and put it in a usable format. IoT SiteWise leverages software on an IoT gateway such as the AWS Snowball Edge gateway or other third-party gateways. IoT SiteWise is offered as a managed service and is currently available in limited preview. Kerravala_AWSIoT_774.png See All in Internet of Things » AWS IoT Things Graph is a service that simplifies the process of building IoT applications. Through a slick drag-and-drop interface, developers can connect different devices and Web services. For example, the below image shows how a hotel could personalize a hotel room when a guest walks through the door. The IoT world is a bit of the wild west today, as there aren’t many widely adopted standards, so getting things from different manufacturers to work together requires lots of custom code. AWS has masked much of that complexity for its customers. The other interesting aspect of this is that businesses can now create IoT applications without requiring a highly skilled developer. The graphical interface enables less technical people that might have a better understanding of business logic to create IoT applications. AWS IoT Greengrass Connectors is a new feature to the AWS IoT Greengrass service. Launched in 2016, Greengrass brings IoT-related services such as compute, machine learning, messaging, and others to edge devices. As the name suggests, the Connectors feature enables Greengrass devices to connect to a wide range of third-party applications such as ServiceNow, Splunk, and Twilio, while securely managing access control and credentials. As an example, a hotel that notices a problem with its HVAC system could connect to Twilio to send a message to ServiceNow that would trigger an alarm and notify a service technician. AWS IoT Greengrass Connectors simplifies the task of connecting to cloud and on-premises applications for logging, diagnostics, maintenance, logistics, and more. IoT_774.png Talking IoT Standards With the Open Connectivity Foundation Gary Audin September 06, 2019 Without standards, interoperability among vendor products and services can limit IoT’s growth. Log in or register to post comments read more