100 NATURAL declares that all foods and, uniquely in the Boston area, all wines offered by Tasting Counter are 100% natural. Our all-natural cuisine, using a balance of modern and classic techniques, is best complemented with all-natural wines.
The topic of natural wine can be controversial, with even the definition of “natural” disputed. Such discrepancy is partly due to a lack of oversight by the USDA. As these guidelines continue to evolve, we have asserted our own set of criteria:
- Wines produced from organic or biodynamic grapes, sustainably harvested by hand.
- Wines of small quantity by an independent producer from low-yielding vineyards.
- Wild yeast fermentation, with no added yeast, sugar, or adjustments for acidity.
- No additives, except for a scant amount of sulfur dioxide (SO2, aka sulfites) only if necessary at bottling.
Each wine offered at Tasting Counter meets these criteria. Since we spend so much effort sourcing local, sustainable, and natural products for our menus, the other half of the equation – wine – is honored with the same attention.