You won’t be the first to think that orange wine is made from oranges. The wine is made entirely from white grapes. The name refers to the orange colour, which is produced by the winemaking process. For foodies who love nothing more to tantalise their taste buds, this wine is bound to hit more than just the brain.
Some history behind the wine
The process used to make orange wine goes back thousands of years, originating in Georgia, Eastern Europe. Winemaking has a long history in this area and some local winemakers still employ the traditional methods of making wine. Some other countries where traditional winemaking processes are used include Slovenia and the north-eastern Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Today, there are quite a few other countries such as Austria, Germany and California among others who also produce a unique wine. A British wine importer by the name of David A. Harvey was the person who came up with the official term for orange wine. We’re sure it’s pretty easy to see where the idea came from. Although, it must be noted, as there are many types of wines in both the red and white variations, so are there different types of orange wines. So, if you don’t like one, don’t be discouraged as there are plenty more to try out.
How is this type of wine made
The end product is created by using white grapes and then processing them the way red wine is made. When making white wine, the skin is usually removed after the grapes have been pressed. In the case of orange wine, the skins are not removed and are left to ferment in large barrels with the grapes. Leaving the skin on the grape affects the colour and taste of the end product. The orange wine has a darker colour and a more tannic taste which is not as pronounced as that of red wine. Many refer to the wine as tasting like a strong cup of iced tea. The whole winemaking process utilises very few or no additives, giving the wine a sour and nutty flavour.
The perfect combo of wine and food
Orange wine has been referred to as robust and bold. It can easily be paired with foods that offer a similar dining experience. Think delicious Moroccan fare, curry and Korean dishes. Since the wine has that nutty flavour, it should go well with a variety of meat dishes from fish to cured meats and beef. The best way to serve the wine is chilled.
Go ahead and give it a try
Want to give orange wine a try? Why not head over to your local restaurant to see if they serve it with their delicious food. You’re sure to find the best restaurants and stores in Singapore. At the end of a hard day of work or shopping, there’s nothing like relaxing while sipping a chilled glass of select wine.