Exploring the World of Orange Wine

Exploring the World of Orange Wine

Orange wine, also known as skin-contact white wine, is a unique and intriguing style that has been gaining popularity in recent years. To delve deeper into this fascinating beverage, we had the pleasure of learning and working with sommelier Bethany Heinze, who shared her insights and experiences with us.

Bethany's journey with orange wine began with a revelatory tasting experience that opened her eyes to the complexities and depth of this style. As she explains, "My first introduction to skin-contact white wine, called 'orange wine' for shorthand, was a style of aroma and flavor that sent me down a rabbit hole of discovery that I'll never turn back from." This discovery was a turning point for Bethany, who previously believed that the world of wine was confined to the popular styles of white, red, and rosé.


Orange wine is made from white grapes that undergo maceration on the skins, a process more commonly associated with red wine production. This extended skin contact imparts a range of flavors, textures, and colors to the wine, resulting in what Bethany describes as "deeply complex, layered, textured, ethereal juice." Despite its rich history, orange wine's exposure in American culture is relatively new, making it an exciting frontier for wine enthusiasts.


The versatility of orange wine makes it an excellent companion to a wide range of dishes, enhancing flavors and creating memorable dining experiences. Whether you're a seasoned wine connoisseur or a curious newcomer, orange wine offers a journey of discovery that promises to be both delightful and enlightening.

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