Ask a Somm: Why Pét-Nat Wine Is Not Champagne

October 28, 2015

Welcome to Ask a Somm, a column in which experts from across the country answer questions about wine.

Wine at the Seattle outpost of chef Michal Mina’s fusion-y French restaurant RN74 is overseen by lead sommelier and wine director, Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen (and he’s also a winemaker here). Unsurprisingly, food and drink pair up, and the eatery pushes a France-forward list of Burgundy-heavy wines, in addition to more local small-production selections from Washington and Oregon. Below, Lindsay-Thorsen demystifies a hot topic in fizzy French wine, the style known as pét-nat:

Q: Lately I’ve been hearing a ton about pét-nat. What exactly is pét-nat and can…