I met fellow scribe Rachel Signer in 2015 on a trip to Sicily, right before I moved to New York. We’ve been friends since. She lives in Australia (!) now and is producing her own wines. I was tickled to walk into Thirst Wine Merchants and pick up a bottle from her Persephone Wines label, a pét-nat.
These wines, and particularly Rachel’s, are a fizzy delight. As easy as they are to drink, it turns out pét-nats are very hard to make! I highly recommend reading Rachel’s dispatch from Australia detailing the trials and tribulations of the winemaking process. It’s both entertaining and educational:
Making Pét-Nat Is A Bitch (So Enjoy Drinking It!!!)
For a fizzy wine like this, no need for the fancy stemware. A small juice glass is perfect. I think I paid like $20ish bucks for it but I honestly can’t remember because I bought it along with a bottle of Fossil & Fawn‘s alien juice and the total was like $50something.
I should also mention Rachel’s non-liquid project: Pipette Magazine. It’s an independent, print-only publication about natural wine and the world in its orbit. She’s the editor and publisher, which I image keeps her busy to the point of many anxious yet rewarding moments.
Ok, now get your fizz on!