#369: The Fascinating Truth of Professional Wine Making from Innovative Agriculture
In This Episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show
In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with Tom Natan, owner of First Vine, an online retail outlet based out of Washington, DC. Tom comes on today to teach us about the various aspects of wine and the agriculture behind growing the grapes for the wine.
Tom will share his experience of importing his first wine up through how he assists his customers in pairing their favorite wines with the meals they make at home or order in a restaurant.
From there Tom will share with us some of the innovative methods grape growers are using to reach sustainable and organic levels for their grapes. According to Tom, wine making is in essence an agriculture business, and the growing practices used by the grape industry are being copied from our food producing farmers so that the grape growers can grow the best grapes to produce the best wines possible.
Tom will teach us what organic, biodynamic and sustainable mean in the world of grape growing and why you should be on the lookout for these words on your wine bottle labels.
About this episode's guest on the Vegetable Gardening Show, Tom Natan
Tom Natan is a chemical engineer and longtime wine aficionado.
Tom has been doing environmental work for over 15 years and has made friends with fellow enviros and wine lovers all over the world.
About 10 years ago he met a woman whose husband grew grapes in Provence and sold them to the village wine cooperative, of which he was part owner.
Eventually Tom got to meet him as well, and he had expanded the business to include wine tastings for English-speaking tourists and also representing small wine producers within France.
Most of the wines he sold, especially his village's wines, weren't available in the U.S. And his village, Vinsobres, was up for designation as a Cru - the highest designation for a village in the region and one that requires stricter limits on production and higher quality control — so he thought he could start a business importing those wines.
It was through this couple that Tom, over the years, was able to develop personal relationships with the wine producers and a deep knowledge of their wines. In addition to this region, Tom's travels have allowed him to forge bonds with wine makers all over the world.
Over the coming months, first vine will be adding the best of these wines to its portfolio.