On Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28, New York City will see its first natural wine fair in the form of The Big Glou. Featuring winemakers from France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Canada, the weekend-long event celebrates the thriving, artisan practice of natural winemaking with a wide range of producers making wines through sustainable farming practices and “non-interventionist” techniques in the cellar.
Inspired by fairs like the Dive Bouteille in Saumur and Vini di Vignaioli near Parma, Reynard wine director Lee Campbell and Guilhaume Gerard of Selection Massale have gathered over 100 winemakers to showcase this movement in America.
“We never had anything like this in NYC, even though people like Arnaud Erhart had been mulling it over since the early aughts,” says Campbell. With The Big Glou, Campbell is hoping to “bring together a diverse group of folks…trade and laypeople, young imbibers and connoisseurs, the well-heeled as well as the more modest,” in a setting that is casual and welcoming.