The second in a series of piquettes celebrating the everyday heroes in our lives. 'Francine' is made with Gewurztraminer pomace and maple syrup from Walt's Sugar Shack. It's delicately perfumed with notes of floral and spice, and slightly off-dry on the palate.
Francine is a friend of Redtail Vineyards and a clinical & health psychologist. She not only treats mental health difficulties like anxiety and depression, but also helps her patients manage acute and chronic health conditions -- including health anxiety. During the pandemic, she pivoted her practice to help people manage COVID-related health anxiety. COVID has complicated things for all of her clients’ health challenges. Through her work, she’s seen her clients pivot and adapt, while learning to be ever more flexible in their approach to life’s challenges. One of her favourite sayings is “flexibility is the key to mental health”, and never has that been more true than in a global pandemic. She faced the challenge of transitioning her entire practice to virtual overnight, while also managing the impact the pandemic has had on her own life.
This piquette is named after Francine. It’s our tribute to all of the mental health workers.
Francine has chosen to donate proceeds from the sale of this product to the Parkdale Food Centre in Ottawa, because she believes mental health requires basic needs like housing, community, and food are met -- “the head is attached to the body”.