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Its National Orange Wine Day – heres everything you need to know about the cool drink

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It wouldnt be entirely accurate to say that orange wine is having a moment now – really, this has been the case for a good few years. But its still quite trendy – the wine bars and small plates restaurants of East London are awash with the stuff.

Orange wine can be expensive but its definitely worth trying if you havent before; in many ways, it combines the best qualities of both red and white.

Since its National Orange Wine Day today, heres a guide – reading this should help you avoid humiliating yourself if you ever need to impress someone who knows about wine.

Its got nothing to do with oranges

Get that ludicrous notion out of your head right away – oranges arent used in the production whatsoever, nor do orange wines taste particularly citrusy (although they are often quite sour).

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The name is derived entirely from that fact that the colour is orange, which makes sense.

Its been around for ages

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Orange wine was first made made nearly 6,000 years ago, in Eastern Europe, so its hardly a new trend. It has, however, seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years.

This has happened alongside the rise of natural wine (wine produced organically, without additives). Orange wines arent natural by definition, but most of them are.

It has a couple of other names

Orange wine is also commonly referred to as amber or romato which means auburn in Italian. But dont be fooled – theyre all the same thing.

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Its basically like if you tried to make red wine with white grapes

When youre making white wine, you typically remove the skin from the grapes before fermenting; with red wine, you leave the skin on.

Orange wine mixes up this process by using white grapes but leaving on the skins.

The result is a far richer and more full-bodied drink than regular white wine.This is also how it gets its colour.

Dont serve it too cold or too warm

Befitting its status as a hybrid between red and white wine (arguably more so than rosé), its best served somewhere between chilled and room temperature. Wine experts recommend somewhere arouRead More – Source