We don’t claim to be wine experts but we’re pretty well read on all the wacky ways people are combining wine with other stuff like cheese, hot chocolate and tea. They say you can master anything after 10,000 hours practice which means we’re probably wine masters three times over if you count drinking and fantasising as ‘practice’.
And the newest addition to fun takes on the eon-old drink is Orange Wine. We’re told it combines the richness of red and freshness of white and is on track to be the drink trend of next year.
After red, wine, rosé, orange wine is accepting the title of the “fourth wine” which makes the drink sound way more royal than it actually is. First things first, orange wine earns its name from its colour and doesn’t have anything to do with the fruit – sorry if that dashed your hopes.
So how come this wine is so different? Well, for white wine the grape juice and skins are seperated during the making. To get this orange hue, the skins are left on in a process called ‘skin contact’ which produces the tannins required to get this gorgeous burnt sienna shade.
ITV’s wine expert spoke to the Evening Standard about this surging wine. A quality orange wine has a “thrilling perfume, combined with an enticing intensity of honeyed, fleshy fruit and assertive grip from the tannins”.
We’re not fluent enough to translate wine expert but we think the general gist is that orange wine is pretty fruity.
Either way, it must be good since this summer the London Ritz added a selection of five orange wines to its legendary 800-wine list.
It’s not like orange wine has been around for centuries but since development moved to Italy and Slovenia in recent years, it’s become incredibly popular.
It’s meant to be fantastic paired with cheese boards and aromatic dishes that have strong spice.
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Sound good? You’ll have to look beyond your supermarket aisle since orange wines are made in small batches. Keep an eye out for it at any bar that might aspire to stock the same wines at the Ritz…