Orange wines - just what the heck are they? Well, they are the twisted sisters of Rosé. Generally a Rosé is a red wine where contact with the skins has been limited to prevent pigment and tannin extraction yielding light, rosy wines. With orange wines, white, or commonly "grey" grape varieties - think Pinot Grigio pictured here - are subjected to extensive skin contact yielding wines that are lightly tannic and orange toned. It's Rosé in reverse!

What to expect:

The unexpected! Orange wines tend to be, well, a little orangey, and frequently have a hint of bittereness due to their tannins. Most of the wines combine typical fruity notes with hints of nuts, roasted tones and savory nuances. The tannins allow these wines to develop in the bottle and many find a wonderful textural balance after a few years ageing.