If rosé is your go-to summer wine selection, you might consider something new this season. Pét-nat (aka pétillant naturel) wines are a trendy category of bottle-fermented bubbles popping up on the lists of in-the-know sommeliers citywide. The old-school production method generates a juicy, slightly cloudy sparkler that’s often low in alcohol, making pét-nats perfect for sipping all summer long. We’ve put together a list of restaurants and wine bars around the city where you can get to know pét-nat.
One of France’s most traditional wines is available by the glass at this Cambridge wine bar. Renardat-Fâche’s Cerdon du Bugey ($14) is a rosé pét-nat with a touch of sweetness that hails from the Savoie region in eastern France. It’s a delicious pairing with Chef Alex Saenz’s fried chicken. (1071 Cambridge St., Cambridge)
This cozy Davis Square spot reopened in May under new ownership, but the eclectic wine list that helped it gain a loyal neighborhood following remains. One of Spoke’s wines is the Cantina Furlani Sur Lie Rosso ($15), a light, sparkling red from Trento in the Italian Dolomites. The delicious by-the-glass offering is a versatile pairing for everything from mushroom-laden pasta to charcuterie. (89 Holland St., Somerville)
Select Oyster Bar
Oysters and Champagne might be a match made in heaven, but this Back Bay destination’s sparkling selection goes above and beyond the usual suspects. Chef Michael Serpa also serves as the restaurant’s beverage director, and he’s chosen an unexpected wine from Maine to be among several pét-nats on offer. The delicate, mineral-driven Morphos ($50 for a bottle) from Oyster River Winegrowers is a treat with everything shellfish. (50 Gloucester St., Boston)
Puritan & Co.
Long Island might not be at the top of your list of wine regions to explore, but a glass of Channing Daughters Rosé pét-nat ($16) should make you curious. The pink bubbles at Chef Will Gilson’s Cambridge restaurant are fresh and clean, with delicate wild berry notes. (1166 Cambridge St., Cambridge)
It’s easy to get lost in the extensive beer list at this Fort Point seafood hotspot, but don’t overlook the hidden gems on the wine list. Try a bottle of Collecapretta Il Mosso ($52), a rustic Umbrian offering with a wild herbal expression. You might discover that Italian country pét-nat is the ideal mate for perfectly fried oysters. (383 Congress St., Boston)
Oleana’s picture-perfect patio is a gorgeous place to enjoy a bottle of fizz from a trailblazing California winery. Donkey & Goat is a husband-and-wife winemaking team, and their Lily’s Cuvée pét-nat ($70) is a distinctively refreshing take on California chardonnay. (134 Hampshire St., Cambridge)
Kirkland Tap & Trotter
Director of Operations Carl York has a few favorite pét-nat bottles, but only one “has a bit of natural wine funk that reminds me of kombucha.” That would be the Domaine Serol Turbullent ($39 for a bottle), a rosé from France’s Loire Valley that’s slightly sweet and low in enough in alcohol to possibly warrant a second bottle. (425 Washington St., Somerville)
This tiny Somerville restaurant transitions from a ticketed, tasting-menu-only destination restaurant to a casual, late-night wine bar five nights a week, and you’ll find pét-nat wines on offer however you dine. Beverage Director Eileen Elliot is partial to the Casa Belfi Raboso Col Fondo ($34 by the bottle during late-night hours), an Italian red from the Veneto that “tastes like the vineyard smells,” with wild cherry and spice notes. (14 Tyler St., Boston)
Old-school prosecco comes by the glass at this Cambridge restaurant focused on traditional New England fare. Caneva da Nani Col Fondo ($12) is a bottle-fermented version of the ubiquitous Italian sparkling wine. Creamy bubbles and a fresh expression mean it’s very easy to drink on its own. (660 Cambridge St., Cambridge)
This Harvard Square restaurant has built a reputation on its serious absinthe program, but the wine list holds just as much clout. Don’t miss a glass of Casebianche La Matta ($15), a natural Italian pét-nat from the rolling hills of Campania that’s chock-full of lemon and orange blossom notes. (1030 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge)
The Casebianche La Matta offered at Waypoint has a pink sibling that’s a favorite of Branch Line’s beverage director, Charlie Gaeta. A glass of Casebianche Il Fric ($15) “pairs well with a lot of our vegetable-driven smalls and sides, and has an affinity for bocce,” Gaeta said. Luckily, you can play (and drink) on Branch Line’s on-site bocce ball courts all summer long. (321 Arsenal St., Watertown)