Slowly step away from the rosé you've been sipping on all summer. As of this week, Aldi has officially become the first supermarket chain in the U.K. to sell a different kind of vino that's all the rage these days: orange wine. (And no, it's not made with oranges.)
Believe it or not, Kitchn is slightly ahead of this trend, since we wrote this explainer piece, What Is Orange Wine?, back in 2012!
Orange wine is what results when white grapes are left to ferment with their skins. The length of the skin contact determines the depth of the wine's orange color and flavor. The only way to describe this type of wine is that it tastes super particular and kind of funky— and also that every one is different. This type of wine has been around for centuries but, as with most trends, for some reason it has made its way back on people's radar.
Evidently, even Aldi shoppers have acquired a taste for it. So much so that the grocery chain is selling their unique blend of 85 percent Chardonnay, 15 percent Sauvignon Blanc to the masses for around $8 a bottle — which isn't too much of a surprise since the chain is known for selling award-winning blends at super-affordable prices.
According to Aldi's tasting notes, courtesy of VinePair, this bargain bottle has aromas of "quince, Williams pear and a hint of vanilla, and flavors of stone fruits, backed up with a powerful tannin structure and long finish." It's technically considered a natural wine because it is made sans sulfites. (It's also vegan-friendly!)
Unfortunately, you can only find these bottles in the U.K. (at the moment), but as soon as they're available in the U.S., we will alert the masses.
If you haven't yet seen orange wine on restaurant wine lists or stocked in your local liquor store, we're going to place our bets that it's going to hit shelves at your local grocery store within the year.
Have you ever tried orange wine?