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What is Pet-Nat?

What is Pet-Nat?

'Pet-Nat' or Petillant Naturel is a sparkling wine harkening back to ancient methods of minimal intervention sparkling winemaking (methode ancestrale). Fermented in bottle with zero dosage, and frequently produced from grapes with higher acidity such as Riesling and Chenin Blanc, pet-nats have made their way onto many wine lists and retail shelves across the globe in recent years. Their modern counterparts, such as Champagne, are bottled after a primary fermentation is complete and then 'topped-up' with a mixture of yeast and sugar (dosage) which encourages a secondary fermentation in bottle, thus producing the bubbles.  Pet-nats, on the other hand, are bottled...

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