We are all used to three colours when we talk about wine, right? Red, white and rosé can be the model answer for most of you. But actually there’s a fourth colour increasingly being talked about in the world of wine - ORANGE.
This doesn’t mean the wine is made from Orange, and no, there is no ancient recipe that involves a mix of secret spices and oranges. They are in fact white wines that are much deeper in colour than usual, ranging from darker yellow to deep orange. Intrigued yet? Well let's go on because it's actually quite interesting.
Most white wines are made by pressing the grapes and letting the juice run off immediately, leaving no time for them to pick up colour from the skins.
An orange wine is also made with white grapes, but the difference is they are allowed to mingle a bit longer with the skins, so that some colour is extracted. This contact gives more flavour, pigment and gives orange wine its distinct, well, orange colour. Actually, the longer the skins are dancing in the juice, the stronger the flavours and deeper the orange colour. Fascinating!
It's like the Marmite thing, either you like it or you don't. It has a rather unique taste. Some people associate it with beer flavour, but what I found is that it actually tastes like a strongly brewed tea. A confusion of flavours and aromas that tastes like not knowing what time it is.
Finding the perfect food to match orange wine is like finding a rhyme for the word ORANGE. But you can try and sometimes you get close to success. I've tried it with artichokes and with some Korean Kimchi dishes(KIMCHI DUMPLINGS/KIMCHI MANDU) and you get closer to achieving that match. If Aldi still has it on the shelves, you can actually try it yourself with £5.99. It may be the best £5.99 you've spent on a wine that you will enjoy drinking or the best £5.99 you've spent on a wine that you will enjoy cooking with. https://www.aldi.co.uk/orange-wine/p/082340210357200
''At the end of the day, you really can’t make a wrong choice.
As long as you pay attention to what it is that you don’t like about a wine
each bottle will get you closer to what you do like.
Take it one glass at a time!''