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With both production and sales skyrocketing recently, the natural wine market has never been more buoyant. Author and wine expert James Feldkamp, from Arlington County, Virginia, takes a closer look at the figures, and suggests why he believes that this famously once more niche corner of the drinks sector has ballooned in recent years.
“As a fan of natural wines myself for many years, it’s nice to see others beginning to appreciate many of the varieties that I love and enjoy,” says James Feldkamp, speaking from his home in Arlington County, Virginia.
Natural wine is generally any variety that is free of commercial additives or preservatives, according to James Feldkamp. “Grapes used in natural wine are often farmed with the ecosystem firmly in mind,” he explains. The explosive growth of natural wine in recent years, Feldkamp believes, rests largely in the product’s natural, organic, and local nature. “People are becoming ever more interested in locally produced and sourced food and ingredients,” says the author and retired naval officer, “and the same is now true, it seems, when it comes to wine.”
The latest estimates put the value of the natural wine market in the U.S. at as much as $200 million. This, however, James Feldkamp states, arguably remains a somewhat conservative total. “If we were to factor in wines that are natural save for the addition of just a tiny quantity of preservative, this number would certainly be much, much higher,” he suggests.
Further to the adoption of natural wine by those keen to champion the product’s organic and often local nature, many have also turned to natural wine varieties for their added zest. “Natural wines are typically unfiltered and thus much more zesty, which appeals to lots of people,” James Feldkamp explains, “even those who may not, in the past, have been big wine drinkers.”
Looking solely at organic wine—a category into which most, but not all, natural wines are included—this market is estimated by the International Wines and Spirits Record to see over one billion bottles produced globally each year by 2023. This, James Feldkamp points out, is almost three times the approximately 350 million bottles produced and sold just a few years ago, back in 2012. In the U.S. alone, the corresponding increase would represent a growth in the consumption of organic and natural wines equivalent to around 15 percent within under three years, according to the wine expert.
Particularly popular with dynamic and typically urban wine drinkers, natural wines have been most widely embraced, reports suggest, in places such as Austin, Detroit, and Denver. “Natural wine importers and distributors, however,” James Feldkamp reveals, “are setting up channels nationwide, with significant forward growth in the market expected in most U.S. states.”
A retired naval officer, James Feldkamp is today, an author and widely respected cybersecurity expert with more than 30 years of professional achievements under his belt. Currently a subject matter expert at Georgetown University, Feldkamp was previously an adjunct professor at both George Mason University, Virginia, and George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., teaching undergraduate courses in domestic and international terrorism. In his spare time, James Feldkamp’s hobbies and interests include wine tasting, travel, and sailing.
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Travel enthusiast James Feldkamp discusses how to stay safe and arrive healthy when flying.
The 2020 coronavirus pandemic has changed travel as we know it for the for seeable future. However, that doesn’t mean people aren’t taking to the skies. People are beginning to book flights, as travel restrictions are being lifted around the country and around the globe. Travel enthusiast James Feldkamp recently offered advice on how travelers can stay safe and arrive at their destinations healthy with the threat of coronavirus still looming.
“There are countless reasons people need to travel via air,” James Feldkamp said. “So it’s important those who are traveling do it safely.”
James Feldkamp explained first and foremost that nobody should board a plane if they’re unwell. He stated that airports are taking steps to prevent this, such as temperature checks, but travelers need to take it upon themselves to be responsible. James Feldkamp explained that while someone may have boarded a plane with a cold or other illness in the past, that’s simply not acceptable in the current travel environment.
“Travelers should take the same precautions they’ve been practicing throughout the pandemic, and perform them even more thoroughly,” James Feldkamp said. “This means washing your hands as often as possible, using hand sanitizer before and after touching anything, and wearing a face mask at all times throughout the travel experience.”
James Feldkamp explained that travelers should pack a number of additional sanitation items when traveling. These are likely things they wouldn’t have packed before the coronavirus pandemic. He stated that everyone should bring disinfecting wipes to disinfect any seats they use or surfaces they touch, such as the seat touch screen, headrest, window, and more. James Feldkamp also suggesting packing nasal spray, which can help clean out the nose and keep it moisturize, and plenty of water to stay hydrated and healthy.
“If you’ve been sitting on an upgrade, now is the time to use it,” James Feldkamp said. “Opting for first or business class seating will provide more personal space.”
James Feldkamp added that even paying a little extra for a seat with additional leg room will provide a small buffer for space. Any additional space means possible lower contact with fellow travelers.
Finally, James Feldkamp explained that the mission to stay safe while traveling begins before you leave the house. He stated that even though there is not currently a vaccine for COVID-19, it’s important check your other vaccinations and ensure they’re up-to-date. Taking this step before traveling can help protect your immune system, so it’s ready to fight off illness.
“Now is the time to be more cautious than ever while traveling,” James Feldkamp finished. “Taking the above precautions before stepping aboard a plane will help protect you as well as your fellow travelers. After all, we all want to reach our destinations in a healthy state.”
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Wine aficionados have spent a lot of time researching and tasting their favorite bottles to enhance their palette. Wine tasting is a major hobby for James Feldkamp, and his experience has been unique due to his interest in natural wine. As the name suggests, natural wine is a drink made with as little human touch as possible: in an age of 10,000-gallon tanks, this may seem to be an anachronism. Yet James Feldkamp has not just helped to advance natural wine as a consumer product, but has raised awareness of shifting taste preferences among drinkers.
Natural wine can accurately be called organic wine, as it uses no pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Also called naked wine, it means that it is wine that is as close to additive-free as can be. To drink and appreciate natural wine, according to James Feldkamp, you need to know how it is a major change from the other wine you find on liquor store and supermarket shelves. “In order to understand how natural wine is different from the rest, you have to first understand the mass-winemaking process,” says James Feldkamp.
Industrial-scale winemaking is no joke. The largest wine producers in the world have a major chokehold over production and sales, with a handful of brands accounting for the majority of wine consumed across the globe. A criticism of these big winemakers, according to James Feldkamp, is their fermentation process. “Winemakers either run grape vineyards or purchase grapes from a vineyard that they cultivate into usable liquid through fermentation. It’s here that they may add in dozens of potential ingredients to bring out a particular taste or level of bitterness or sweetness.”
Even so-called organic wines may not qualify as natural wines. After all, something being organic doesn’t mean it cannot have additives, while the quality requirements for organic labeling vary widely. As such, James Feldkamp notes how a natural wine is one that doesn’t strictly follow the standards of farming practices: “Natural winemaking aims to bottle a product that has had as little technical intervention as possible.”
All this effort adds up to a difference you can taste in each glass. Natural wine is growing in popularity among wine fans, with a history that dates back nearly two centuries. Experts predict annual growth of this market of over 8% as more and more drinkers find themselves searching for more eco-friendly and additive-free choices. One stepping stone, however, is the difference in appearance. “Because natural wines aren’t as strained or filtered,” says James Feldkamp, “their liquid tends to be cloudy or opaque.” One sip, however, and the quality of the wine speaks for itself.
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