2021 Two Shepherds 'Natty Pets' Sparkling Orange CANS 250ml 2pk
Region: Dunnigan Hills <Yolo County < California
Grapes: 65% Picpoul, 35% Grenache Blanc
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified organic farming; gravelly alluvial soils; de-stemmed; partial carbonic fermentation then aged 8 months in stainless steel before canning, unfined/unfiltered, with minimal added SO2; 225 cases; 10.5% ABV
Winemaker: William Allen & Karen Daenen
William Allen and Karen Daenen are the Two Shepherds. He's a software salesman by day, and she runs consumer research for Jackson Family Wines. But their heart is on the farm, and in the Rhône, two loves they combine with their 2-human, 3 donkey and 4-goat farm and micro-winery outside of Healdsburg, CA. They have one small estate vineyard but mostly work with purchased grapes, insisting on organic, and model their wines on the Rhône and other natty French styles they love, making tiny lots of old world, low-intervention bottlings from cool climate sites. While they work together to make the wine, Karen considers herself Chief Shepherdess, a title she rightly owns after birthing the baby Luna, the mini donkey that inspired this delicious lightly fizzy Cinsault in a can.
We've been loving the trend of high quality natural wine in a can, and this is one of the best canned bubbles we've had. And we're totally digging the new slimmer can size, which is a totally reasonable 250ml, or 1/3 of a bottle, perfect for individual consumption. Pairs well with summer picnics, pools, and beaches and anywhere else discreet or glass-less sipping is required.