Why You Should Care About Natural Wine

And the best bottles to get right now.

What exactly is natural wine? It involves minimal manipulation of the grape, both on the vine and in the cellar, which means minimal use of pesticides, sulfur, additives, or chemicals. The wild yeasts are left to do their thing in fermentation, often resulting in some downright funky wines that challenge your perception of what wine can taste like. In other words: these wines are alive, vibrant, and exactly what you should be drinking right now. Check out Peter and Orenda's picks for 10 natural wines they can't get enough of, and get ready to give them a swirl.

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Domaine Belluard, Ayse Brut, Le Perles du Mont Blanc (2011), $24.

"A serious mountain masterpiece from Gringet, grown and made by Dominique Belluard. Proof that much of the world's best sparkling wines are not from Champagne."

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Oyster River Winegrowers, Morphos (Non-Vintage), $14.

"Crunchy, nearly-sour petillant naturel from right here in Maine."

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Le Sot de l'Ange, Sec Symbol (2014), $24.

"Soon-to-be cultural icon Quentin Bourse's bright-eyed Chenin Blanc is racy but subtle, and age-worthy."

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Collecapretta, Le Cese (2013), $42.

"As pure a Sangiovese as we've ever tasted. A little unhinged and very soulful."

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Brendan Tracey, Pineau d'Aunis (2014), $27.

"Thirst-quenching and lovingly made. Iconic winemaker of the slurp-soif set; the flavor spectrum of Brendan's wines are often kaleidoscopic."

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Meinklang, H12 (2012), $21.

"Earnest and eager winemaking in Western Hungary and East Austria. The H12 is Harslevelu—all honeysuckle and waxy with volcanic minerals."

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Montemelino, Bianco (2014), $16.

"Life breathed back into blobby grapes Trebbiano and Grechetto. Snappy and aromatic white from Central-Southern Italy."

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Domaine l'Ecu, Ange (2014), $36.

"Natural Muscadet producers started experimenting with Pinot Noir aged in amphora—there is a lot of this going on these days. The result here is a stony, but still ephemeral wine that feels like something new."

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Domaine Marnes Blanches, Savagnin, Les Molates (2014), $39.

"Simply put, one of the more beguiling and penetrating wines we've tasted in some time."

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Les Vignerons d'Estézargues, Côtes du Rhône (2014), $13.

"All Cinsault, and one of the best weeknight wines in the shop. Sensitive for a cooperative, it drinks above its price point."

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