You have had white wine and you have had red wine. But the new kid on the block is orange wine and increasing numbers are plumping for it. It is trending in hip bars and restaurants but connoisseurs of wines are of the opinion that it is just a refinement and revival of an old wine making style.
Here is a lowdown of orange wines, what is it, how it tastes and what should be taken with it.
What is orange wine?
Experts say that orange wine is actually a white wine made like a red wine. While making white wine, the skins are removed after pressing. In red wine, the skins are left to macerate with the juice for a certain period of time before they are removed. In orange wine, the skins are left in contact with the juice and gradually over time the wine takes on a more orange hue.
How does orange wine taste
You should not compare the taste of orange wine with any of the traditional ones. The first drink might not be to your liking but over time the taste will grow on you. It is in a class of its own, complex, bewitching yet delicious. It is not the ideal starter drink but like red or white wine and its many variances, there is a lot to love in the taste of orange wine. However, because a lot of time is spent by the grape juice on the skin, expect a hefty mouthful of tannin taste with lots of aroma.
Drink it with food or on its own?
Just like a wine of any other colour, there is no hard and fast rule of imbibing orange wine. If for example you are opening a bottle for dinner, opt for one with a darker hue that like red wine can be typically paired with rich, heavy and fatty foods. You can even match it with spicy foods. However, if there are no accompaniments going with your drinks, sparkling orange wines should be the preferred option. Here is a tip – the heavier orange wines have more tannin that do not match well with fish oils so avoid sardines, mackerel and salmon with it.
Now you know what the latest trend in wine – orange wines – is really all about.