PETIT WEEK IN WINE | June 5th - June 9th 2024


This week is all about stepping out of your comfort zone. We're excited to bring you a category that continues to gain momentum - the intriguing and unique world of Orange Wines.

So what is Orange wine? Despite its name, it's made primarily from white grapes (typically darker white or gray-hued berries) and also known as "skin-contact white wine". The distinctive hue and complex flavors are achieved through extended maceration, where the grape skins remain in contact with the juice during fermentation, similar to red wine production. This ancient technique, with origins tracing back thousands of years to the Caucasus region of Europe, yields wines with remarkable depth, texture, and tannic structure.

We have selected four distinctive offerings of this genre that all feature different varietals as the primary component of the wine.

From Oregon we have a fresh, elegant, and prominent Pinot Gris taking the lead, and then we move to Jura, France for a classic 100% skin-contact Chardonnay which was a crowd-pleaser upon review last month. The last two Orange wines are from Argentina & Italy, where young winemakers are making delicious low-intervention wines from indigenous grapes like Torrontés, and Grechetto.

This is not our regular weekly tasting flight, but an experience that promises to expand your palate and deepen your appreciation for this extraordinary style of wine. Whether you're a seasoned connoisseur or new to the world of orange wines, this week we offer something for everyone!

The $20 Orange Wine Tasting Flight starts today (Wednesday), and I hope you take the opportunity to explore and savor the diverse and captivating flavors of this ancient, yet avant-garde style.

Please read on for the weekend lineup, and more about the history & winemaking of Orange wines.

Be well-


SATURDAY, JUNE 8th from 3:00 to 5:00PM

Le Cadeau Vineyards - Tasting & Masterclass with Tom Mortimer

Learn all about Pinot Noir clonal selection while tasting through Le Cadeau's wines from the Willamette Valley with founder & vintner, Tom Mortimer.

FRIDAY, JUNE 14th from 6:30 to 8:00PM

Champagne Devaux & Oysters Tasting

Experience the top boutique estate from the Côte des Bar that's known for its crisp & fresh style along with creamy texture & toasty notes paired with oysters from Clean Catch.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19th at 6:30PM

Cattleya Winemaker Dinner with Bibiana González Rave

Enjoy a 5-course paired wine dinner with these Sonoma Coast gems that will transport your body & soul to that picturesque sunny landscape where great California wines grow

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5:00 - 7:00pm Wednesday

5:00 - 9:00pm Thursday - Friday

1:00 - 9:00pm Saturday

1:00 - 7:00pm Sunday


1:00 - 9:00pm Saturday

1:00 - 7:00pm Sunday


‘Naranjo’ Skin Contact 2023

Uco Valley, AR

$28 btl/retail

Pielihueso is Spanish for “skin and bones”, and this estate began in 2017 when father/daughter combo Celina and Alejandro Bartolome planted vines in the Uco Valley. The labels were also created by the family. Carmela, the other daughter designed the labels from their brother’s artwork.

Varietal: 40% Torrontés, 30% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Chardonnay. 3 months of skin-contact élevage in concrete tanks. The wines are all farmed organically and made with no corrections. Fermented with native yeast and a low addition of sulfur is added just before bottling.

Tasting Notes: A complex, strongly citrus and punchy orange wine. Perfect for anyone looking for a little refreshing funk with lots of character.


Skin Contact 'Orange' 2023

Willamette Valley, OR

$35 btl/retail

From New York to Sonoma to the Willamette Valley, Tom Caruso has spent years working with some amazing winemakers, farmers, and mentors. With a head full of ideas and a desire to explore his own creativity, he started Pray Tell Wines - where he continues to nurture his earnest curiosity of fermented grape juice. If you love an orange wine that doesn't feel like one, this one is for you!

Varietal: 70% Pinot Gris from the Chehalem Mountains, and 30% Chardonay from the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Varying degrees of skin contact across both varietals, ranging from 24 hours up to three weeks - the light orange color is vibrant in the glass. Aged in a mixture of stainless steel and large format, neutral French oak barrels for five months.

Tasting Notes: This skin-contact Pinot Gris/Chardonnay combo has a shockingly pink hue and a deeply dry, tannic, and sensual vibe. Rich citrus fruit and light red berries bookmark the aromatic profile and lead to complex flavors and a structural balance on the palate. Fresh & elegant, this is your new go-to Summer wine.


‘Gordito’ Grechetto Orange Wine 2022

Umbria, IT

$32 btl/retail

“Plani Arche,” is the Latin name of a local shrine (“Pian d’Arca”) which is considered the spot where St Francis of Assisi gave his famous “Sermon to the Birds.” That outreach beyond humans aligns perfectly with Roberto Di Filippo and his wife Elena Pompeii's holistic approach to farming, winemaking, and to life. 

Varietal: 100% Grechetto. Aged in In stainless steel tanks with the skins for 4-6 months. Certified organic, and the vineyards are only ploughed by workhorses - hence the label art!

Tasting Notes: In appearance, this wine displays a straw-yellow or pale golden color in the glass, often with a bright and clear appearance. On the nose, expect an aromatic bouquet that's both fruity and floral. Fragrances of ripe stone fruits like peaches, along with hints of citrus zest and delicate floral notes, create an inviting and aromatic profile with subtle herbal undertones. Upon first taste, the Grechetto reveals a crisp and flavorful palate; Often presenting flavors of fresh orchard fruits. The wine has a pleasant minerality, offering a clean and refreshing experience.


'Broken Hearts' Skin Contact Chardonnay 2020

Jura, FR

$55 btl/retail

A cuvée in homage to Frank Zappa, and his hyper-energetic song, just like this wine! Valentin Morel returned home after a few years practicing law to reconnect with his family’s farming roots. He took over the 6-hectare estate of his father Jean-Luc More planted around the village of Poligny in the heart of Jura.

Varietal100% Chardonnay from 40-year-old organic vines planted on the clay-limestone terroir of Les Trouillots. Harvested by hand. Natural winemaking: direct pressing, fermentation and aging in 228-liter barrels for one year, without new oak. Valentin macerates his hybrid grape skins (after they had been pressed) in the wine for two weeks, followed by one more year year of aging in vats.

Tasting Notes:  Highly complex, with notes of peach, flowers and almonds. A hyper-aromatic "tinted white", off the beaten track, with a very fine aromatic persistence.

It’s easy to dismiss orange wine as a fad, but these wines find their roots in ancient techniques. The origins of orange wine date back thousands of years to regions in current-day Georgia. In this area, wines were fermented inside qvevri, or large clay anfora (or urns) used for ageing wines. In fact, some winemakers still use these terra cotta containers today.

Modern-day orange wine-making has seen a resurgence in the last 20 years, led by a handful of Italian producers who have embraced a return to these ancient and traditional winemaking practices. Although still quite niche, orange wines are becoming more and more popular – and sought-after – throughout Europe and the US.


If the nose of orange wines can be herbaceous and even fruity, their palate is decidedly more complex and structured than the majority of white wines and rosés, thanks in large part to the high level of tannins paired with fresh flavour and acidity that comes from the way the white wine grapes are fermented. According to the duration of the fermentation and the quality of the vines, the differences between orange wines themselves are clearly defined (in other words, not all orange wines taste alike). In general, these wines pair pleasantly with meat and seasoned or spicy dishes. 


To break it down to a simplified and very generalized process, with red wines you start from red grapes, you crush them, and then you leave the juice to ferment in contact with the skins of the grapes. The heat generated by the fermentation process helps to extract flavors, tannins and, of course, the red pigments. After fermentation is over, you drain the wine, you press the skins to extract the liquid wine and go about your aging processes before finally bottling.

White wines, on the contrary, are made in a very different way: you generally start from white grapes. Then, you carefully press the grapes paying attention to break the skins as gently as possible, and you get rid of the skins right away, collecting only pure juice. Then fermentation starts without any real skin contact taking place. After fermentation, you age, then bottle. 

Orange wine is a crossover of red and white wines, we think of orange wines as the opposite of rosés: whereas with rosé wines you are using a red grape to make wine with white wine techniques, with orange wines you are using white grapes with red wine techniques. That prolonged contact of the wine and juice with the skins of the grapes helps to extract flavors and give the wines the characteristic orange or amber color. This is also why orange wines can be referred to as “skin-contact whites”.

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