Orange is the cocktail color of the summer, and we think wine is going to follow suite! Have you guys noticed the aperol spritz booming into popularity as of late (we were all early to that party!)? Many articles across the web are touting it as the drink of the summer, and we have a similarly-hued beverage in mind: orange wine! Yes - orange wine. We've had it on our radar for some time, and Giada has been drinking it for years. Rosé was the star of the wine game for the last few summers, but we think orange wine might finally have its moment.
Though it seems fairly new, orange wine is actually processed using an ancient technique of "skin contact", which is essentially white wine being produced in the style of red wine: while white wine never makes contact with grape skins, orange wine is left with white grape skins for a varying amount of time - hence "skin contact"!. This process not only gives orange wine its signature color, but it gives it fuller body and complexity than white wine, which opens it up to a new world of pairing possibilities. It can stand up to meats and strongly-flavored cheeses and not get lost in flavor. In addition, it pairs exceptionally well with autumnal vegetables like squash and roasted meat, meaning we'll be drinking it from now 'til fall (hello, seasonal color coordination!) Don't get us wrong, we'll still have our rosé prosecco in hand for our easy poolside sippers - but when the night falls, we'll be turning to this sophisticated, full-bodied wine. So head to your nearest wine store and expand your horizons - grab a bottle of Orange! It's totally the color of the summer. Need a good introduction to orange wine? These are our favorite bottles to get you started: Monastero Trappiste di Vitorchiano Coenobium Bianco Lazio IGT, Italy