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Why You Should Drink Orange Wine This Summer

Rosé is so last season! Try orange wine instead -- our top three picks pair well with anything off the grill.

glasses of orange wine
Photography by: Peter Ardito
Clockwise from top: 1. Chenin Blanc 2. Albana di Romagna Secco 3. Ribolla Gialla

Orange wines have been around for thousands of years, but have only recently become popular outside of eastern and central Europe. They’re made from white grapes that are left in their skins for an extended period, allowing complex flavors, as well as their signature hue, to develop. (In stores, look for wines labeled “skin-contact” or “extended maceration.”) Fans consider them a great alternative to the ubiquitous rosé; their balanced acidity and fruitiness go nicely with grilled meat and seafood. Here are three of our favorite varieties right now -- serve them just slightly on the cool side, rather than straight from the fridge.

 

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1. CHENIN BLANC

This easy-drinking type has hints of honey and grapefruit.

Lost at Last, $30, tankgaragewinery.com.

 

2. ALBANA DI ROMAGNA SECCO

It offers rich flavors of figs, plums, honey, and citrus.

Ancarani Santa Lusa, $23, vintryfinewines.com.

 

3. RIBOLLA GIALLA

Intense and unusual, this smells of nuts, dried apricot, fennel, and sage.

Radikon, $37, astorwines.com.

 

 

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