Hermon Mehari on natural wine

”We can go about this in many ways, but I will start with the lifestyle aspect of it. Wine in general, I never loved, until I had natural wine. I had no idea wine could taste like this. I don’t want to offend anyone, and I know people have different ideologies about this, but in my opinion, it is the way wine should taste. It is the purest form of wine. It was a revelation for me, and I instantly fell in love. I am kind of the same with wine as I am with music, the way I approach it: I obsess over it. By now, it’s all I drink. When I go to places, when I travel, which I get to do quite a bit thanks to my music, I go check out the wine places. It’s a passion, and it’s part of a lifestyle.

Here, in Paris, pretty much all of my friends are down to drink natural wine. I’ve had so many evenings, where we’ll just start at a wine bar, and drink all night. Not to get drunk, but because of the taste. That’s what’s beautiful about it; that people care about the taste. We wouldn’t be doing it if it wasn’t for the taste. It is about curiosity. You’ve got so many places in Paris now, like Septime, where I will go regularly. As I got more into it, I started meeting some of the winemakers. The winemakers who make this kind of wine, they make it because they are passionate about it. There’s a love for it. They get emotional talking about the planet, and the earth, and how their wines are made. And then just the variety of flavors you can have in natural wine.

My go to is Marto’s wines – I love his Weiss specifically. But in general, I am into natural wines from the western part of Germany right now like Jonas Brand's for example.”

Read our interview with Hermon Mehari on his career as a jazz trumpetist and his love affair with Paris

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