Pet-Nat or Petillant Naturel made from Pinot Gris and Albarino
What the heck is Piquette you may ask yourself. Don’t worry, I did too when I first read about it though the process of making Piquette goes back for ages. Traditionally served to laborers and field workers way back when it is now caught the glimmer of an eye from a few progressive and daring winemakers here in the states. Piquette is made by re-soaking spent grape pomace with water and letting the natural, native yeast do its thing. Left to soak and ferment for a few days the matter is then pressed and put in both stainless steel and neutral oak. When fermentation is nearly complete the wine goes into bottle, topped with a crown cap and the final fermentation happens in bottle. The result is a lower alcohol, fizzy and playful wine to guzzle and wash away your thirst. Made from Pinot Gris and Albarino this Old Westminster is an absolute delight. Fresh, fruit, just bubbly enough and demanding you pour yourself another glass.