Wine Talk: The intellectual winemaker

Wine people are slightly color blind. We talk about red grapes which are really blue-black and white grapes which are greenish-yellow. We have white wines that aren’t really white. Now there is a new category: orange wines, which are not really orange.

Confusingly, these are not fruit wines made from your finest Jaffa oranges or wine cocktails mixed with orange juice. Nor are they rosés or pink blush wines, which tend to take an orange hue as they oxidize and age. The term refers to white wines made like red wines, and the color of the resulting wines is more amber than orange, but the name has stuck.


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