OUR EXPERT GUIDE TO THE BEST FOOD TO PAIR WITH ORANGE WINE
FIRSTLY, WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ORANGE WINE
You have just purchased a crisp new bottle of orange wine. So now you may want to invite friends over, have a lovely dinner with family or enjoy it with a special someone. One question races through your mind, though, "What is the best food to pair with orange wine?"
Fret not. This article will give you a complete guide to picking the right combination of food. From super-romantic nights to a weekend celebration with friends, this collection of our tasteful picks will brighten your day!
When expounding orange wine, it is essentially a "skin-fermented wine" that is not made using oranges, but still grapes! This misnomer is quite common. Folks often confuse the district deep orange colour which is reminiscent of the vibrant orange of the fruit.
White grapes are smashed into a ceramic or cement coated container and left to ferment with the skin and seeds. This process can be as short as four days or even for over a year, done naturally with no yeast or additives. As a result, this orange wine contrasts significantly from conventional white wines. It leaves an astringent and nutty taste caused due to oxidation. This astringent quality is also due to a substance called Tannins which gives orange wines that added subtlety in tantalising your tastebuds.
This versatile wine, more superiorly referred to as a "skin-macerated white" wine, is not too robust in flavour, making this a top wine to pair with food. Overall, orange wine is a trending wine favoured by both meat and vegetarians alike.
DID YOU KNOW?
Lignin, a complex organic polymer found in grape seeds, gives the orange wine the distinct auburn colour.
THE BEST FOOD TO PAIR WITH ORANGE WINE: FROM SPICES TO MEAT AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
Try it with spices
The Orange wine is made from grape varieties such as Gewürztraminer and Muscat. It has a sweet fragrance and a contrasting dry taste. Hence it is perfect for spice-infused dishes.
Depending on your palate and mood of the moment, the bold nature of the orange wine complements Ethiopian and Moroccon stews and curries well. It also goes well with oriental dishes from Korea, such as kimchi and authentic Japanese dishes such as the famous fermented soybeans (Natto).
Pair it with veggies
This wine's perfection is that it harmonisers earthy food such as mushroom and squash with the bursting flavours creating a wholesome experience.
Focusing on a Mediterranean-style meal, orange wine pairs perfectly with a roasted aubergines meal of Baba Ghanoush and walnuts. Venturing further south, it is also great with roasted and caramelised vegetables such as artichokes, cauliflowers and cracked wheat (Bulgar).
Fish and meat too...
The nutty and tannin infused wine also works well with fish and beef. Try the char-grilled octopus with light and refreshing salad. Alternatively, lamb followed closely by the mutton, especially slow-cooked shoulder, or kebabs served with saffron rice or biriyanis.
The wine also complements traditional cheeses from that region such as halloumi and feta cheese. Given the versatility of the wine, it goes well with a charcuterie plate board as well.
Perfect for a sunny day
Given that the wine is a big hit for a sunny day, it goes well with a barbecue or an outdoor occasion such as a picnic. Orange wine quenches your thirst against the blazing sun that adds vibrancy in the experience of sipping the orange wine.
PICKING THE RIGHT ORANGE WINE TO GO WITH YOUR FOOD
Now, how do you pick the perfect orange wine?
Remember that lighter wine versions go well with seafood such as fish and shellfish and fresh salads. For smokier meats such as pork and chicken try a deeper, richer and longer fermented orange wine.
This wine has stood to the changes of time and aged well among all types of food lovers. We feel that orange wines are a perfect truce between meat lovers and vegans alike, and it is here to stay!
As the saying by the award-winning author Madeline Puckette author of Wine Folly goes, "Make sure you're sitting down when you taste your first orange wine."
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