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Old School Natural Wines

The virtual tastings are free to Members and $10 for non-members.
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A lot has been made of ‘Natty’ wines in the Austin market. While there is nothing wrong with these wines – there seems to be a notion that this style of winemaking is new. This class is about a few wines that showcase “What is old is new again” and there are several producers that have been making natural and healthy wines for decades and sometimes centuries previous to this new natty wine craze. Join Patrick Olds, MMH Wine Director and Advanced Sommelier, and Tony Schlotzhauer, Jeffrey’s Sommelier and Certified Sommelier, to explore a few of these examples together!

Purchasing Options

  • 2017 Raventós I Blanc Blanc de Blancs Conca del Riu Anoia, Spain – $17.50

  • 2019 Kuentz-Bas Riesling Alsace, France – $19.99

  • 2017 Domaine le Sang des Cailloux ‘Cuvée Lopy’ Vacqueyras, France – $55.00

  • 2018 Musar ‘Jeune’ Rouge Bekaa Valley, Lebanon – $23.75

Guidelines for Purchase

Guidelines for Purchase at The Austin Wine Merchant:
  • The store is currently serving customers via contactless curbside pickup for safety – please order in advance. Email your order to or call to (512) 499-0512 by 2pm Saturday 6 March 2021 to pre-order your wines and secure your order with a Visa, MasterCard or Discover.
  • Order pick-up is Wednesday or Thursday before the tasting between 10:00 AM and 6:30 PM. (Off street parking available on the right just before the shop – a tawny brick building with red awning)
  • Discounts: When ordering wines for the tasting, you may want to consider ordering additional wines to access these discounts. Mixed 6-pack: 7.5% discount; Mixed 12-pack: 10% discount; Full case of the same wine: 15% discount.
  • You can find their current wine & spirits special offering at the following link ( and can browse their full collection by clicking on the “Quick Links to Wines of the World” button at the top of their website (

Other Details

Class will be hosted via Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with the meeting link Thursday morning.

Participants will be required to purchase at least one of the wines to receive the Zoom link for the tasting.

Please note: These sessions are being recorded for marketing purposes.

About the IMBIBE Series

IMBIBE means to consume or absorb – and that’s exactly what you’ll do in our classes . . . consume and absorb wine, food, and knowledge. IMBIBE takes place every week, alternating between Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6pm (unless otherwise noted).  These classes are a ton of fun and loaded with great education! Our members have told us that Wednesdays and Thursdays are their favorite days of the week because they love these virtual tastings so much!