Grower: Wild Arc Farm
Region: Hudson Valley, New York
Grape Varieties: Chardonnay, Riesling
Category: Orange, Sparkling
Piquette has become quite a phenomenon recently, with many wineries bottling something similar, often using the name Piquette on the label, but Todd should really be credited with bringing this French tradition back into the spotlight. 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.
Depending on release, the Wild Arc piquettes are sold in bottles or cans, offering 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: always delicious and refreshing! The Rosato is a raspberry soda on the first day of summer, the Skin Contact version is a sparkling zesty lemonade beside a bonfire on a hot summer night.