This drinks like a Le Croix and great for anyone addicted to flavored sparkling water. (Actually, it’s more like a blackberry Spindrift (which if you haven’t had, is a real treat and worth seeking out!). This wine is made with water, and transforms into a naturally sparkling wine spritzer. This one, however, is not at all sweet and barely boozy at only 4% alc. It’s refreshingly mild, wild, and has an earthy fruit character and cleansing fizz. Piquette is a very old style of wine made by upcycling grapes used to make wine. The crushed pulp is blended with water and left to naturally ferment making a second beverage with lower alcohol and a bit of fizz. This was originally a drink for the thirsty vineyard workers. We take that as a cue to enjoy throughout the day.
This wine is so light, with a mild earthiness, that it really pairs well with almost anything. It truly is like having a flavored sparkling water with a slight kick. It’s a real lunch-time wine, so great with fresh salads, deli sandwiches, and mezze-type finger food spreads. A patio wine, a grazing wine, something you want to keep on tap.
Andrew Reginald Young left behind a career as a New Orleans rock drummer in 2012 to make low-intervention wines from cooler climate vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley. He uses a lot of carbonic maceration to keep the wines light, all fermented with native yeasts and minimal intervention in the winery. The name of the winery is an amalgamation of his middle name, Reginald, and his childhood neighborhood, St. Tammany Parish, just outside of New Orleans.