Eat and Drink Natural wine bars in NYC: Where to sip organic vino By Steven Casale Special to amNY August 6, 2017 11:48 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Finding a wine bar in New York is sometimes easier than finding a parking spot. But there can be more to the experience than run-of-the-mill sauvignon blanc. Enter natural wines. While some might argue that no wine is natural (it’s manipulated to become what it is) or that all wine is natural (it comes from grapes, after all), the definition of “natural” wines goes deeper than that. Wines in this category are those made by producers who use little intervention in the winemaking process. This may mean handpicking, no additives, no added sulfur at bottling, no filtering or fining, and usage of native yeasts for fermentation. Such wines are almost exclusively organic or biodynamic (a farming method ruled by the phases of the moon, among other criteria). Sounds science-y? A bit. But natural wines often display a sense of care, terroir and typicity. Some can be a bit funky (or downright strange), while others are sheer beauty. Our recommendation for discovering the world of natural wines: Head to one of the following seven bars where you can sample everything from crisp French sparklers to big, earthy American reds. The Ten Bells Photo Credit: Charles Billot With two large-door entrances and a rustic interior, The Ten Bells has the air of a casual European bistro. And it might as well be. Popular with industry professionals and winemakers, The Ten Bells has great by-the-glass options and bottle picks with a focus on Loire Valley, southern French and Beaujolais producers. The copious meat, cheese and tapas bites are beverage appropriate, and oyster lovers can delight in a daily happy hour every day till 7 p.m. (247 Broome St., Lower East Side, 212-228-4450, tenbellsnyc.com) La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels Photo Credit: Judy Kim The French-heavy wine list tallies in at over 500 bottles to choose from. To step inside La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, opened in NoLIta in 2014, is to transport yourself to Paris. Here you can have the chance to sample top-notch natural wine producers by the glass (like California's cult-obsessed Arnot-Roberts and Jura, France's iconic Domaine Tissot) and dig into an assortment of salty snacks to keep things going. (249 Centre St., Lower Manhattan, 212-343-3660, compagnienyc.com) Racines NY Photo Credit: Adeja Crearer Owner Arnaud Tronche zeros in on biodynamic and organic wine estates at his downtown bar-meets-resto. Reach for peppery whites like an Austrian grüner veltliner from Bernhard Ott; a peachy, full-bodied Corsican rosé by Yves Leccia; or Piedmont's verduno from Burlotto. Bottle options run the gamut in price and vintage, with a rich collection of lesser-known options. (94 Chambers St., Tribeca, 212-227-3400, racinesnewyork.azurewebsites.net) Have & Meyer Photo Credit: Have & Meyer Italian expats of L'Albero dei Gelati Park Slope fame now have their hand in the natural wine scene. The all-Italian wine list covers everything from Puglia to Sardinia, with an exciting glimpse into many of Italy's rare regional grape varieties. Get adventurous and try an orange wine (that's a white wine that's fermented on orange skins to produce a deeper color) like the COS Pithos Bianco (aged in amphora clay pots). (103 Havemeyer St., Williamsburg, 718-419-0722, haveandmeyer.com) June Photo Credit: June Wine Bar via Facebook The wine list at June in Cobble Hill covers everything from France to the USA, and far-flung regions including Moravia in the Czech Republic and Swartland in South Africa. Order from rotating open bottles by the glass or the affectionately dubbed quartino. A limited menu pays homage to Mediterranean with dishes like cara cara orange and olive salad or the serrano ham board. (231 Court St., 917-909-0434, junebk.com) The Four Horsemen Photo Credit: Daniel Lafargue Unassumingly located in Williamsburg, The Four Horseman was started by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy. The tiny wooden space gives a nod to Scandinavian design, but, of course, wine is center stage here. A constantly changing roster of wines from around the globe has included everything from Catalonia's little-imbibed sumoll grape Chinon's darling winemaker Olga Raffault. Reservations here are helpful. (295 Grand St., 718-599-4900, fourhorsemenbk.com) Wildair Photo Credit: @wildairnyc via Instagram The folks at Wildair have a serious affair with natural wine. Pét-nats (French for pétillant-naturel) are in abundance here. These sparklers are lightly fizzy quaffers that have much less density than a champagne. Also on the list are many declassified French wines, Slovenian wines and Cru Beaujolais bottles. Pair with innovative menu items like beef tartare with Brazil nuts. (Wildair, 142 Orchard St., Lower East Side, 646-964-5624, wildair.nyc) By Steven Casale Special to amNY Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.