2018 Wabi-Sabi Red | Populis Wines | Winestyr
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2018 Wabi-Sabi Red

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Appellation: Mendocino County AVA

By: Populis Wines

In: Orinda, CA

750mL / 12.5% ABV

Winestyr Review

Wabi-Sabi is the Japanese idea of "perfectly imperfect." As such, this natural wine pays homage to the amazingly quaffable table wines of Europe with its fresh, tart flavor and lighter-bodied nature. This wine would pair well with foods and is equally perfect for drinking on its own. Not complex, but fun and drinkable, chill this wine to around 60 degrees prior to opening and enjoy. 100% native yeast fermentation. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

What We Love

  • Natural wine
  • Amazingly drinkable and approachable

This is a great natural wine to open when you don't want something complex or full-bodied.


Populis Wines - Diego Roig and Shaunt Oungoulian - has one goal: to bring great, natural wine to the masses. They specialize in finding amazing vineyards all over Northern California where the farming is top notch. No Herbicides, no Synthetic pesticides, always organic, always old vines, and always complex with out of this world terroir. Once they hunt down these special vineyards, they do all they can to not screw it up -- and by that they mean no additions, no intervention, no tomfoolery-- just straight up fermented juice.


Populis is dedicated to making honest, terroir-driven, natural wines available at an affordable price. Populis is at the forefront of the natural wine trend that is sweeping the nation. I've been asked many times what natural wine is and the best, concise definition is that natural wine comes from old vine vineyards that use no herbicides, no synthetic pesticides, and the fruit is organic. The wine is then made with as little intervention as possible - no manipulation, no added ingredients, no filtering, extremely low sulfites - and fermented with indigenous yeast. The resulting wines are funky, complex, interesting, and approachable to drink. We're excited to have Populis as part of our portfolio, and we know you'll enjoy their wines.

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Customer Reviews

  • Verified Purchase

    Tasted vinegar-y as if the wine had been open for a couple days.

  • Verified Purchase

    Was too sweet and fruity.