Wild Arc Farm, Piquette! Riesling Finger Lakes 2020 12 oz can
New York, United States
From the producer-
Piquette has become quite a phenomenon recently, with several wineries bottling something similar, often using the name Piquette on the label (with Todd’s blessing), but Todd should really be credited with bringing this style back. Originally, Piquette was something wineries would serve to their harvest workers. Something pleasant they could drink that wasn’t so high in alcohol they wouldn’t be able to work hard in the vines. The basic concept–to use the cast-offs from winemaking including the leftover must, stems, and seeds–is wonderfully zero-waste, and Todd’s version is zhuzhed up with a bit of the original wine and some local honey for a fine sparkle.
Originally bottled in glass bottles, the Wild Arc piquettes are now sold in cans, to offer a more compact, transportable, and environmentally friendly container.
Making of: The pomace is soaked in water and ferments to a low alcohol fizzy beverage thanks to the addition of something sweet (local honey in Todd’s case). Blended with a bit of wine to reach 7% ABV. No additional SO2 additions beyond what was residual in the must.
Personality: the Skin Contact version is a sparkling zesty lemonade beside a bonfire on a hot summer night.