The first Missouri-made piquette is hitting the market on Leap Day.
Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery will be releasing a piquette, a lower-alcohol, fizzy wine alternative that is made from the pomace, which is the grape skins, seeds, stems and pulp that remains after grapes have been pressed for juice to make wine. The pomace is rehydrated, fermented and pressed again to make piquette, which is meant to be drank immediately and without aging. Because the drink is unfiltered, when bottled it has a hazy pink coloring.
Owner and winemaker Shriti Plimpton says that a handful of wineries in Oregon, Washington and California have started to make piquettes, and Fence Stile wanted to align with the shifts in consumers' tastes for lighter drinking options.
"I love wine, I have a winery, but on a really hot day it's nice to just have something that's a little bit lower alcohol, a little more fruit forward, a lighter drink," she says.
Fence Stile makes the piquette with Chambourcin grapes, so expect hints of spice and tart berry alongside the prominent grape flavor that Plimpton says shines because it is not aged like other wines. It's also considered a "natural" wine, meaning that there are no preservatives or sulfites used in the production.
This isn't the first time the winery has produced a lower-alcohol wine option; they have previously produced a 9% alcohol table wine.
Fence Stile only made 60 cases, so this piquette may be hard to find, but it will be available, but look to vendors that typically carry Fence Stile wines starting Feb. 29. The piquette will also be available in the Fence Stile tasting room.
Fence Stile Vineyards & Winery, 31010 W. 124th St., Excelsior Springs, Missouri, 816.500.6465, fencestile.com