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ORCA Wine Club Pick Up Party & Spring Release!

We will be firing up the pizza oven for some delicious snacks throughout the afternoon! 

This will also be the official release party for our 2018 Scarlet Rose' and 2018 Riesling Petillant Naturel!

This is a super special opportunity to taste the 2018 Riesling Pet-Nat! 

Since it's bubbly and really limited production, it will not be open very often in the tasting room. 

Not familiar with Pet-Nat? (Learn more below)

Pétillant Naturel (Pet-Nat)

Naturally sparkling wines have been made for centuries, and now one of the oldest methods of producing them has made a resurgence.  

Pétillant-naturel (natural sparkling) is a catch-all term for practically any sparkling wine made in the méthode ancestrale, meaning the wine is bottled before primary fermentation is finished, without the addition of secondary yeasts or sugars. (This is in contrast to méthode champenoise, the method used to make Champagne and other more-common sparkling wines, in which a finished wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle with additional yeasts and sugars).

The ancient method produces a simpler, more rustic sparkler than Champagne, one that is traditionally cloudy, unfiltered, and often bottled with a crown cap (like a beer) rather than a cork. The end product is also unpredictable: Opening each bottle is a surprise, evocative of the time and place where it was bottled. 

Colloquially shortened to “pét-nat,” the wines can be white, rosé, or red in color, making them super-versatile for pairing with a wide range of foods. They vary in carbonation from effusively effervescent to tiny, prickly bubbles. And thanks to those natural yeasts and sugars, most are a little funky but ultimately gulpable, clocking in at around 10 percent alcohol (several degrees lower than most still wines). 

Earlier Event: May 25
Wine tasting at Wine Kraft, Astoria
Later Event: June 2
Crush on Oregon, Portland