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Forget Prosecco, this is the only fizz to drink this weekend

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Pétillant naturel, or ‘pét nat’, is fast becoming the go-to fizz. Stylist’s wine expert Jane Parkinson picks her top six

You heard it here first: Prosecco is out, and pét nat is well and truly in. This ancient wine making technique has had a resurgence, meaning our wine options have just grown immeasurably - which sounds like no bad thing to us. 

If you’re wondering what the difference is between pét nat and prosecco, then let us enlighten you. The former is a more rustic sparkling wine: think cloudy, unfiltered and bottled with a crown cap instead of a cork that you can pop (this is because the liquid is bottled before the fermentation process has finished without the addition of sugars or yeasts). Prosecco, by contrast, is subjected to a secondary fermentation after the finished wine has been bottled, with additional yeasts and sugars added.

Pét nat can be produced in white, rosé or red which makes it a more versatile option than Prosecco or Champagne as it works with a wide variety of foods, all year round. Here, we have asked Jane Parkinson to pick out the best versions on the market at the moment. Bottoms up! 

Cambridge Road Naturalist Pét Nat 2016

Hailing from New Zealand’s north island, this half-and-half blend of sauvignon blanc and pinot gris grapes has tasty pear and apple freshness, together with malty flavours. Excellent with fish and chips.

£24.20, Les Caves de Pyrène, thenewzealandcellar.co.uk

Davenport Pét Nat English Sparkling Wines 2017 

This organic fizz from East Sussex is a blend of several grapes, including pinot noir and auxerrois, which gives it a thirst quenching juiciness that’s perfect with a plate of prawns.

£25, Buon Vino, buonvino.co.uk

Birichino Malvasia Bianca 2016

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A Californian pét nat that’s made with a difference: some of the grape juice is held back, then added along with yeast, which gives this lime zest flavoured wine an extra bite. Gorgeous with salt-and pepper squid.

£27.95, Berry Bros & Rudd, bbr.com

The Super Nat

Made from the king of New Zealand’s white grapes, sauvignon blanc, this is a bright and perky Kiwi pét nat filled with sour citrus-zest breeziness and a little ginger spice. Delicious with teriyaki chicken.

£18.95, Vintage Roots, vintageroots.co.uk

Frantz Saumon La Cave Se Rebiffe Pét Nat Rose 2017 

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A trio of French red grapes, including malbec, go into this cheery raspberry and cherry-flavoured fizz. While it makes a moreish aperitif, it’s also a seriously good match for smoked salmon.

£21, Buon Vino, buonvino.co.uk

Maison 54 Pétillant Naturel 2017

A collaboration between Borough Wines and Master of Wine Liam Steevenson, this smooth blend of chenin blanc and sauvignon blanc grapes is easy-going, dry and filled with lemon and lime flavours. Drink alongside picnic nibbles.

£15, Borough Wines, boroughwines.co.uk

Images: Courtesy of vendors / Piotr Gregorczyk