2019 Old Westminister Wine x Piquette 'Take it Easy' Rosé

2019 Old Westminister Wine x Piquette 'Take it Easy' Rosé

Regular price $21

Region: Maryland < USA

Grapes: Chambourcin rosé, piquette blanc, piquette rouge

Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic farming; bottled without fining or

filtering with minimal (if any) added So2; 12% ABV

Winemaker: Lisa Hinton

We're big fans of Maryland's Old Westminister Winery, run by three
siblings.  Drew Baker, the vineyard manager, explains the origin
story: "In 2009, family discussions began on how to preserve our farm
and put the land to work. We were abducted by the idea of planting a
vineyard. We all agreed that growing and making wine that reflects our
land through a vineyard was an exciting proposition."  So, they
researched, traveled, tasted and consulted, and made it happen by
2011, when they planted their first vineyards.  Their first vintage
was 2013, and now they produce 30,000 bottles total, with everything
done by hand, grown in Maryland and farmed organically.  Middle sis
Lisa, a chemist by training, started making the wine for her family's
project when she was just 23!


They make both traditional wine and a style called piquette, which is
a low-alcohol wine made from the second pressings of grape pomace.
Derived from the French word for “prick” or “prickle,” which describes
the drink’s slight fizz, piquette dates back to ancient Greek and
Roman times, when it was known as "lora". Given that it was a
cheap-to-produce drink made from the scraps of winemaking, it was
given to slaves and field workers.  Fast forward to today, when
piquette is often the preferred drink of vineyard workers at the lunch
table, as its low alcohol encouraged post-lunch productivity rather
than that  booze-fueled stupor.  While the style is tied closely with
France, nearly all Euro winemaking countries have their own version of
piquette, usually made and consumed by field workers and their
families.


We're loving piquette not only for its low ABV, refreshing qualities
but also because it's super eco-friendly - after all, this is
literally wine made from the scraps.  Nothing wasted!   This pretty
coral colored elixir is a unique co-ferment of both traditional rosé
wine (here from the rarely-seen Chambourcin grape, a French-American
hybrid only found on the East Coast) blended with piquette blanc AND
piquette rouge. FUN FACT: Chambourcin is a teinturier, a grape whose
juice is pink or red rather than clear.  With most wines, the color
comes from the skins, not the juice itself.
So the pretty Take it Easy is a unicorn in many respects!  A very
delicious one, tasting like a cranberry sea breeze cocktail with that
bitter grapefruit element, plus tart gooseberry and something soft and
tropical, mango maybe, with an herbal garnish.  It's soft, with gentle
acidity, and so easy to drink it could seriously pass for juice.  Hide
it from your kids.

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