Orange wine, also referred to as skin-contact wine or amber wine, might be the latest beverage trend you've never heard of, but it is quickly gaining in popularity.
Made from white wine grapes, the skins are left on during the fermentation process resulting in wines with an orange, amber tint. In terms of flavor, orange wines have been described as "robust and bold, with honeyed aromas of jackfruit, hazelnut, brazil nut, bruised apple, wood varnish, linseed oil, juniper, sourdough, and dried orange rind."
Because they are heavy on the tannins like red wines, many describe orange wines as having properties that will stand up to heavier meal choices like beef and chops, as well as ethnic cuisines like Moroccan, Ethiopian, and Korean.
You get "similarities to red wines which once were not part of the white wine scene," Scott Carney, the master sommelier and dean of wine studies at the International Culinary Center in New York, said in an article in the Huffington Post. That same article compared the current orange wine trend to the explosion in popularity of rosé wines.
Orange wines were produced in Italy up until the 1960s. They eventually halted production for more technically sound wines, and while they are still rare, production is increasing in places like the Friuli region of Italy, Slovenia, which is right across the border from Italy, and even the nation of Georgia.
What about serving orange wine?
Though orange wine glasses are similar in capacity, height, and diameter to some of the larger red wine glasses, it's important for BauscherHepp and Luigi Bormioli to offer a distinct orange wine glassware option.
As part of our new Tentazioni collection, consumers of orange wines can get the most out of these unique productions, delivering a white wine-type of experience that is more complex.