Pet Nat!

In his sci-fi novel, “The Drowned World,” J.G. Ballard describes life on Earth after it becomes a swamp -- too boiling hot for natural human survival. This story feels relevant because it is the most accurate representation of New York City in August. In the weeks to come, two things are certain: humidity will rise and so will our thirst.

In moments like these, I look to those who spend most of their lives in the elements for the antidote to sweltering heat: our trusted winemakers, who say after a long day in the vines, their go-to drink is a cold bottle of "Pét-Nat." These sparklers are also referred to as Pétillant-Naturel,  “Méthode Ancestrale,” or in some circles, "Hippie Juice.”

Whichever pet name you choose, these bottles all have the following in common: they are made when wine is bottled before fermentation is complete, causing carbon dioxide to become trapped. Unlike the Champagne Method, this process forgoes the addition of sugar and yeast to spark a second fermentation. The result is a delicately fizzy, medium-sweet (sometimes dry) wine with low alcohol that’s perfect for an apéritif after work or a light refreshment under the midday sun. 

Many growers in both classic and non-classic wine regions make some variation of pétillant, and we look forward to their festive and charmingly simple bottlings every year. We've assembled some of our trusted stand-bys plus some exciting new experiments for your enjoyment! Amanda Bowman

Brand 2016 Pfalz Pet Nat Blanc

Daniel and Jonas Brand are fifth-generation wine makers in the northern Pfalz, currently with 18 hectares in the family. Soil types in the northern Pfalz range from clay and loam, to loess, and limestone at different states of erosion. For a region that gets most of their rain in winter, the soil plays a vital role in holding water for the vines. They began experimenting with converting their vineyards to organic farming in 2011 and will be fully-certified with the 2018 vintage. A pét-nat made from 30-year-old vines of Silvaner and Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc) grown on scant soil over limestone, the palate is linear, saline, and crisp with notes of yellow nectarine, white stone, lemon juice, underripe pineapple, and green apple skin, boasting a great mousse, a touch of lees and fresh acidity. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Brand 2016 Pfalz Pet Nat Rosé

The Brothers Brand have taken over the family vineyards, working organically with biodynamic treatments, using natural yeast fermentation, and low or no sulfur additions. This is the first year their pét-nats have made it over to our side of the pond, and just in time for longer, hotter days. Their 2016 rosé is a blend of mostly Pinot Noir, with about 10% old-vine Portugieser (vine age is about 40 years old). Deep magenta, jewel-toned rose in color, with a sprightly mousse and a mélange of tart and juicy red fruits: raspberry, watermelon, sour cherry, red plum all burst forth and wash over the palate, with bright acidity priming for the next sip. Cari Bernard

  • rosé sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Hager, Matthias 2016 Kamptal Grüner Veltliner Pet Net

100% Grüner Veltliner, from vines around 40 years in age, grown on a mix of loess and clay soils. Spontaneous fermentation begins in a mix of used oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. Apple blossom and green apples on the nose, this pét-nat boasts a powerful and creamy mousse with notes of lemon zest, white raspberries, peach skin, with just a whisper of residual sugar, and a layered, long finish. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

  • Biodynamic

Leonis 2016 Vin de France Amuse Bulle

Amuse Bulles is made from a direct press of Gamay, and sees one year élevage on the lees. Truly a contrast from last year, in a most interesting way, the 2016 is dark, and structured, with subtle notes of tart and black cherry and really impressive mineral character. It's really dry, and flavorful, and would go very nicely with charcuterie, or any upcoming summer barbcues.  Eben Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

MicroBio Wines 2016 Castilla y León Nieva York Sparkling White

No one understands the Verdejo grape as well as Ismael Gozalo, and no one makes more beautiful and unusual Verdejo wines. Nieva York is a Pet Nat made exclusively for our market (please note the cheeky amalgamation of the Manhattan Bridge with the Aqueduct of Segovia). Aromas of sea salt and lemon blossoms, followed by a buoyant, cloud-like palate of fun, fluffy fizz grounded in herbal, earthen notes, lemon balm and chalky minerals. One of my favorite Spanish Pet Nats to date! Ariana Rolich

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Preisinger, Claus 2016 Burgenland Sankt Laurent Pet Nat

Claus Preisinger has managed to delight us again! Light peach in the glass, this méthode ancestral (read: pét-nat) sparkler is 100% Sankt Laurent, picked early to preserve acidity. Aromatic and fresh, notes of white flowers and green strawberries give way to a lively mousse with vibrant flavors of tart peach yogurt, wild strawberries, and rose petals. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $31.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

2NaturKinder 2016 Franken Pet Nat Silvaner

Silvaner grown on the terroir it truly thrives on in Franken, shell-limestone with overlying clay. Unfettered by sulfur additions, the wine has a nose of green and yellow apple, lees, and white flowers. This pét-nat is semi-sparkling yet has a creamy mousse being both tart and herbal, leesy, with notes of white grapefruit, nectarine, yellow apple, stone, and sour orange. A wonderful apéritif for many a summer gathering! Cari Bernard

  • Out of Stock
  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Allion, Bruno 2015 Vin de France Bonne Fête Papa Pet Nat

We always enjoy the festive wines from Bruno Allion. This one is made from Côt, Cabernet Franc, Gamay, and Pineau d'Aunis. In the glass this cuvée shows a dusty red rose with a fringe of bubbly lace. The palate is off-dry, with just a light touch of sweet florals pinned to an elegant structure. Notes of wild strawberry, and subtle hints of tart blackberry make for a great pairing with creamy, and salty cheeses and charcuterie. Amanda Bowman 

  • Out of Stock
  • rosé sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

Brand 2016 Pfalz Pet Nat Blanc 1.5 L (Arrives 8/30)

Daniel and Jonas Brand are fifth-generation wine makers in the northern Pfalz, currently with 18 hectares in the family. Soil types in the northern Pfalz range from clay and loam, to loess, and limestone at different states of erosion. For a region that gets most of their rain in winter, the soil plays a vital role in holding water for the vines. They began experimenting with converting their vineyards to organic farming in 2011 and will be fully-certified with the 2018 vintage. A pét-nat made from 30-year-old vines of Silvaner and Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc) grown on scant soil over limestone, the palate is linear, saline, and crisp with notes of yellow nectarine, white stone, lemon juice, underripe pineapple, and green apple skin, boasting a great mousse, a touch of lees and fresh acidity. Cari Bernard 

  • Out of Stock
  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $71.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Brand 2016 Pfalz Pet Nat Rosé 1.5 L

The Brothers Brand have taken over the family vineyards, working organically with biodynamic treatments, using natural yeast fermentation, and low or no sulfur additions. This is the first year their pét-nats have made it over to our side of the pond, and just in time for longer, hotter days. Their 2016 rosé is a blend of mostly Pinot Noir, with about 10% old-vine Portugieser (vine age is about 40 years old). Deep magenta, jewel-toned rose in color, with a sprightly mousse and a mélange of tart and juicy red fruits: raspberry, watermelon, sour cherry, red plum all burst forth and wash over the palate, with bright acidity priming for the next sip. Cari Bernard 

  • Out of Stock
  • rosé sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $71.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Kumpf et Meyer NV Alsace Restons Nature Pet-Nat

This is the first wine from Kumpf et Meyer made using Biodynamic methods. Julien Albertus makes this wine from direct press Pinot Auxerrois and Pinot Gris. The initial pour from "Restons Nature" resembles The Matrix - with columns of uniformed beads racing to the surface, then bursting with aromas of wet stone and tangy citrus. By the second glass, the lees contact creates a thick haze like something from the Swamp Thing. This pet-nat is certainly a double feature. The palate offers juicy orchard fruit packed with acidity then viscous, pulpy citrus fruit and river rocks . For best results, keep the bottle upright and resist the urge to stir the sediment. Serve with fried chicken, cornbread, or on its own! Amanda Bowman  

  • Out of Stock
  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Ludovic Chanson 2015 Ich I Go Pet Nat Rose Pineau D'Aunis/Gamay

"Ich i go" means strawberry in Japanese - for whom this Pet Nat was initially bottled. This is a rosé made from direct press Pineau d'Aunis and Gamay grown in clay and lime stone. The palate is soft with mild acidity and pleasant sweetness. Flavors of late-picked strawberries and crushed raspberries on the attack and a lingering bitter almond finish. A comforting go-to for watching the sun sink or for an apéro! Amanda Bowman

  • Out of Stock
  • rosé sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

MicroBio Wines 2016 Castilla y León Nieva York Sparkling Rose

Lovers of Ismael Gozalo's Correcaminos rosé should not miss out on this pet-nat! A rose of savory, organically farmed Tempranillo with a splash of Verdejo, Nieva York is a special bottling for this market. Don't miss out on ogling the crazy label, replete with a mash-up of the Manhattan Bridge and Segovia Aqueduct, and a backdrop of summer skies and falling snow (a tribute to Ismael's hometown, the tiny village of Nieva). A gentle golden peach color in the glass, with a refreshing, fizzy palate of soft cherry, fresh tomato, peach, and yellow currant, with hints of bitter brine and orange peels, and a touch of salty licorice. Terrific with a lunch of sardines and grilled vegetables in vinegar and olive oil. Ariana Rolich

  • Out of Stock
  • rosé sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Renardat-Fache 2016 Bugey Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale Rosé

From the tiny appellation of Bugey, due east of Lyon, it is a blend of Gamay and Poulsard. On the nose it is exquisitely vinous with bright aromas of pomegranate seeds, brambly blueberry patch, unripe strawberry, mountain meadow, and tart red raspberry. It is incredibly balanced with an invigorating acidity and lip-smacking red berry fruits with clementine zest and minerals coalescing on the finish. At 8.5% in alcohol with significant sweetness, this would be a perfect brunch companion or as an aperitif! Tim Gagnon 

  • Out of Stock
  • rosé sparkling sweet
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $20.99

Roche Bleue 2015 Vin de France La Petillante

Frothy pet nat deliciousness from Sébastien Cornille! Pineau D'Aunis and Chenin Blanc, fermented  in 6-8 year old barrels before being assembled at bottling in November. Secondary fermentation occurred naturally in the bottle and it was finally disgorged in July. The palate is fresh and invigorating, and loaded with subtle red and yellow fruits, tangerine, hints of spice and a honey-tinged stoniness. It’s a simple wine – fresh, dry, and easy to drink making it an excellent choice for parties of all kinds. To quote a colleague, “This is the perfect breakfast wine!”

  • Out of Stock
  • rosé sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur