Proxies x Dominique Crenn Pétanque Non-Alcoholic Wine
How do you win a game of Pétanque? A little levity and a lot of focus—a flash of light as the boule takes flight. Chef Crenn has played since childhood, and carries that balance of recreation and resolve into her kitchen. Inspired by this tension of intention and exuberance, Pétanque’s linear backbone—from Riesling, verjus and yuzu—is rounded out with floral notes and herbal depth. Underscored by a trio of teas, the midpalate leans into honeysuckle, osmanthus and sage, while makrut lime lingers on the finish, daring you to take another sip.
Pétanque was created to enhance Atelier Crenn’s pescatarian menu, with an acid profile that stands up to classic French cuisine—Dominique was raised in Brittany, a region known for butter, shellfish and galettes. Crisp minerality echoes the salinity of Breton oysters, while herbal notes provide a foil for creamy Californian spot prawns, a stateside treat. We’ve been known to pour Pétanque alongside more modest fare too—try French fries and mayo, and thank us later.
Enjoy With: Smoked scallops with crispy capers, caviar, oozing Crémeux de Bourgogne, or anything on Chef Crenn's menu.
A NOTE FROM DOMINIQUE CRENN
Growing up in France, wine was a central part of the dining experience. Whether at home with your family, or in a restaurant with friends, almost every meal was accompanied by wine.
Proxies has done something beautiful by creating an alcohol-free alternative that is as thoughtful as wine, offering the opportunity to enhance a meal, stimulate discussion, and enable shared moments, for those who aren’t drinking.
When I first tasted Zephyr, I was blown away by the layers of flavor and complexity—not to mention the beautiful color… all without alcohol! When I’m cooking at Atelier Crenn, dining out, or even at home, swapping a glass of wine for Proxies is a wonderful way to stimulate the palate while keeping the mind sharp. For my own blend, I wanted to design something for anyone at the table. Crafting Pétanque was a truly delightful experience. I wanted to capture the culture and diversity of my new home in California, so we explored different flavors, herbs and textural components that I use in the kitchen to express creativity and our community in the glass. Santé!
Ingredients: Water, Riesling Juice, Verjus, Green Apple Juice, Kiwi Concentrate, Yuzu Vinegar (vinegar, yuzu), Fermented Sage, White Wine Concentrate, Honeysuckle, White Peony Tea, Nan Mei Tree Buds, Osmanthus Oolong, Kaffir Lime, Gyokuro Tea, Herbal Bitters (a preparation of gentian, juniper, rosemary and vegetable glycerin), Sea Salt, Tartaric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sulfites. Contains 32% Juice.