Short for Pétillant Naturel and translated to "Natural Sparkling," this is the OG French method of making sparkling wine and dates back to the early 16th century. Pét-Nat wines are bottled before they complete their first fermentation and the bubbles are produced by natural sugars in the grape juice.
We picked the grapes from Rubidoux Ridge Vineyard, a family-owned property located at 2000-2100 ft. in the rolling hills of the Fiddletown AVA in Amador County. Though this particular vineyard isn’t that old, the area’s grape growing history can be traced back to the mid-1800s when the population swelled with European settlers chasing the gold rush dream.
Honoring the old-school vibe of the area, we decided to pay homage to the vintage popsicle of yesteryear. The label for this fun summer wine replicates popsicle wrappers from the 1960s and 1970s. Just like that cool popsicle on a hot summer day, this wine is refreshing AF on a hot summer day. Tart raspberries and strawberries hit your palate on the first sip, with tiny bubbles that dance across your palate and make way for a wave of crisp acidity.
Though not as, ahem, explosive as our previous Pét-Nat forays, we do recommend these steps to open:
1. After delivery, let the bottle rest upright for as long as possible.
2. Please don't freeze it like a real popsicle, but chill this sucker down good before opening.
3. Remove the cap gently but swiftly.
4. Have your first glass in-hand and ready and your second glass close by.