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It's a problem we all face: how do you enjoy sipping wine with friends all night long, without becoming too inebriated, or dealing with a gruesome hangover the following day?
Blame it on whatever you want, but the culprit for most hangovers is dehydration. When you're drinking big, 14% ABV wines with a high amount of residual sugar, especially in mass quantity - it's going to make your mouth as dry as the Sahara desert while feeling like you've just been hit by a freight train the following morning.
A not so new trend that battles debilitating hangovers - popular amongst wine aficionados - is a beverage known as "Piquette". Formerly referred to as "slave wine" - winemakers would take the already fermented grape skins, known as the pomace, and rehydrate them. This would encourage secondary fermentation to occur, resulting in a refreshing drink they could serve to their vineyard laborers.
It's delightfully spritzy, juicy and low alcohol - somewhere in the neighborhood of 3-7%.
It makes for a perfect aperitif for events of all kinds, without any of the guilt, even if you polish off 3 or 4 bottles (or more - no judgment). It's also far more cost-effective than the average bottle of wine (in the neighborhood of $10-15, more or less depending on where you purchase it).
There are only a few producers in BC making it at the moment - Else Wines and Bella - but keep your eye out as more wineries jump on this sure to be popular style.
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