In Feast Magazine: Fence Stile Vineyards & Winery Has Produced the First Missouri-Made Piquette. Read about our Piquette Chambourcin that will be released on Feb. 29.
Piquette was commonly made by harvest workers in France, but the beverage dates back to ancient Roman times. Pomace refers to grape skins, seeds, and pulp left after pressing grapes for juice. Grape juice is used to make wine. Meanwhile, workers rehydrated and fermented pomace and pressed it again to yield a sparkling beverage (technically not wine since no juice is used) that is typically lower alcohol. Piquette is young, lively, fresh, and effervescent, easy-drinking and refreshing as a light, dry sipper.
Our Piquette Chambourcin is unfiltered to retain its body, color and subtle spice and tart notes from Chambourcin grape skins. Once poured, piquette has a hazy appearance. No sulfites or preservatives were used in production or bottling so Piquette Chambourcin is all natural.
Only about 20 wineries in the U.S. are currently making piquette, building on the growing interest in natural wine. While piquette from California, Oregon, Maryland, and other regions are available in limited markets, Fence Stile is the only winery in Missouri producing piquette to our knowledge.
We're excited to release Piquette Chambourcin and get feedback from our guests. As the weather warms, we think you'll enjoy this tasty sipper on our patio and in our Tasting Room.
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