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Yes. I am always glad I have wine…..but let me tell you, I was exceptionally fortunate to have recently tried what is known as Orange Wine.  The good folks at Beauregard Vineyards offered up a taste of their unique and oh so special, 2012 Pinot Gris Orange Wine for a #winechat twitter tasting last month.

Believe me…it’s good!

dvinewinetime Beauregard 2012 Pinot Gris Orange WineA few misnomers about Orange Wine:  A) Orange wines are a new fad that started just about 5-8 years ago.  Wrong.  Orange wines have been around for decades and were quite popular in Italy in the 50’s and 60’s.  B)  If the wine is orange then its made from oranges and not grapes?  Wrong.  Orange wine is made from grapes…specifically white grapes.  It obtains it coloring from allowing the white grape skins to stay in contact with the juice during fermentation, much like the process of red wine.  C)  Orange wine looks and sounds as if it’s sweet….is it?  No.  Orange wine is going to taste dry and crisp just like that of a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris….but with further flavors of toast, tannins and creaminess…which is from the time it spends in oak barrels.  D) Will Orange wine pair with food?  Yes. A big, definite YES! It it actually less of a drinking by itself wine and a much better wine to be paired with foods.

Beauregard Vineyards 2012 Regan Vineyard Pinot Gris Orange Wine is a wonderful example of Orange Wine and if you only ever try one in your lifetime…this one will do.  In the glass it is a very light, but bright orange color with crystal clear clarity. Remarkably beautiful.  The nose on this wine has a fullness of burnt toast with herbal hints of sage, thyme and butterscotch.  The Beauregard Regan Vineyard Orange Wine has a full velvet texture in the mouth.  Tannic and hearty in weight.  Full of acidic notes of lemon and grapefruit. Fruit notes of peach, white tea and mineral grassiness on a long finish.  The tannins on this Orange Wine hold up to meat well. I paired the wine with Chicken & Dumplings. A dish I would normally have with an oaked Chardonnay, but this Pinot Gris Orange Wine held up very well and in some ways much better than a Chardonnay.

dvinewinetime Beauregard 2012 Pinot Gris Orange WinesIf you’re interested in trying the Beauregard Vineyards 2012 Pinot Gris Orange Wine, while supplies last, click here http://www.beauregardvineyards.com/product/2012-Pinot-Gris-Orange-Wine and you can purchase it winery direct for only $32.00 per bottle.  I’m rating this wine FOUR BOTTLES.  Although I would not have this wine as an everyday quaff, it is so unique and so good that it deserves this rating, even if you buy it and try it only once.

Orange wine is a unique creature in that it has all of the wonderful qualities of a acidic, crisp white wine in taste and all of the amazing qualities of a red wine with tannic structure and fullness to pair wonderfully with full, hearty meals.  It’s taste and smell are it’s own.  It’s color is it’s own.  It’s Orange Wine and I for one, am very glad!


** Sample Received Courtesy of Beauregard Vineyards for #winechat **