It's Pet-Nat Week! Actually, it's the tail end of Pet-Nat Week, which officially runs from July 10 - 16, 2017. But because things move at a more leisurely pace up here than they do in the NYC, we're going to extend it. Because we can. So we will.
Now you may be asking, what is Pet-Nat Week? Which means you're probably also asking, what is a Pet-Nat? We'll take the second question first:
Pet-nat is cool kid short for 'petillant naturel.' It's an old-school method of getting bubbles into a bottle of wine. Essentially, the initial fermentation is halted, usually by simply setting the barrel in a cold room. This partially fermented wine is then bottled, sealed with a pop top, and when warmer weather comes, the remaining yeast and sugar continue their fermentation process, with the bubbles contained within the bottle. Unlike Champagne (or sparkling wines made using the same method as Champagne), no yeast or sugar is added and the wine isn't filtered - so you'll get a little bit of very natural, quick-dissolving sediment in the bottle. It's also a less controlled method of getting bottles into the wine. Once bottled, you hope the wine continues to ferment - enough to go dry or almost dry - but not so very much that it explodes. So pet-nats can be a bit of a wild ride. They're just the thing for summer sipping when you want a little bit of bubble but don't want to commit to the seriousness (or the cost) of a classic Champagne.
Which brings us back to question #1... what is Pet-Nat Week? It's the brain child of Talitha Whidbee, owner of Vine Wine in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Five years ago, looking for an excuse to bring in more petnats, she created her own excuse: Petnat Week. Other shops were always eager to play, and this year, a few restaurants joined in, all featuring and pouring a slew of petnats.
So here's the scoop - through the end of the month (i.e. through July)
Buy 1 bottle of petnat, get a 5% discount
Buy 3, get a 10% discount.
Buy 6, get a 15% discount
You can pick it up at Copake Wine Works (if you're itching for a trip to the Hudson Valley/Berkshires.) Or we'll even deliver it for free in Manhattan or Brooklyn. (We can also ship it further a field, but that won't be free.)
The catch? Our web site isn't clever enough to apply the discount automatically, so we'll manually issue a credit to your card for the discount amount.
The other catch? For delivery, this isn't a "need it now" sort of situation. As I mentioned, things move more slowly up here, so we'll need to sort out a date/time when I can get it to you. But.... remember.... FREE!!