A Pét-nat for Monterey County!

It started with the pét-nat. I had tasted and loved the 2016 vintage from Cima Collina. It was fresh, berry smacking, yogurty. It had that desirable pét-nat rosé profile, the version craved by all of us seeking summer. THE expression of stars and light. Served chilled, it is a beverage so ethereal that you *may* forget it is for the adults and accidentally offer it to children. A good rosé pét-nat seems like any other fruity, carbonated refreshment to grab with a to-go deli sandwich. Like a kombucha. Yet, most children and many grown ups will not prefer such. It has a sour taste. Some of us love it. Some cannot get down with the rawness of the sparkling drink. I categorize myself in the former, finding pét-nat most delightful.

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The Rosé Renaissance

Rosé. I like to say it aloud. It has a good cadence. Rosé. When I speak the word, I think of the spelling, the accent over the "e", making it sound European and classy. The pink drink has a sordid history stateside, at one time giving it a reputation that was anything but classy. But we in the New World, have grown-up. Rosé, real rosé, inspired by the crisp mineral styles of the Old World (Europe), be it direct press or saignée, are dominating in the spring and summer. They said it was a trend. The market prediction: shifty American consumers would move on to the next wine fad du jour. Instead we keep finding ways to reinvent rosé: put in a can, then a 40oz bottle, hashtag it infinitely, make it into gummy-bears. Year after year, rosé only seems to gain more momentum in the U.S. Yes, folks, I believe that we are having ourselves, a very pink and plump, Rosé Renaissance. 

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