At Ruey, we are always on the lookout for the latest trends in food and drink.
Recently, we noticed a lot of buzz about a type of wine that we had never heard of before: orange wine. Curious to learn more, and after some research and a few bottles, we are hooked! Here's what we found out about orange wine and why it's trending.
First off, let's clear up the confusion about the name. Orange wine is not made from oranges - in fact, it's made from grapes, just like traditional white and red wines. What sets orange wine apart is how it's made. Unlike white wine, which is made by pressing the juice out of the grapes and removing the skins, orange wine is made by leaving the skins and seeds in contact with the juice for a period of time during fermentation. This process gives the wine its distinctive orange color and also imparts complex flavors and aromas.
Next, why is it trending?
- The flavour – part of the appeal is its unique taste - orange wine is often described as having a tannic, savory taste that's more like a red wine than a white. Orange wine can have notes of dried fruit, nuts, and spices, which makes it a great match for rich, hearty dishes like roasted meats, stews, and spicy foods.
- Its more eco-friendly - orange wine is that it's often made using organic or biodynamic grapes, which means fewer chemicals and additives are used in the winemaking process.
- Health benefits - Orange wine is rich in polyphenols, which are beneficial plant compounds that can improve gut health. Polyphenols are prebiotics, meaning they feed the good bacteria in our gut, which in turn supports overall digestive health and immune function.
Despite the naysayers, orange wine shows no signs of slowing down. From trendy wine bars to upscale restaurants to grocery store shelves, it's become a fixture of the wine world. And for millennial women like me, it's just another exciting way to explore new flavours and experiences. So why not give orange wine a try and see what all the fuss is about? Who knows - you might just discover your new favourite wine.
Disclaimer: please remember to consume wine in moderation. Drinking more than one standard glass of wine for women or more than two standard glasses for men may raise your risk of negative health effects.