Orange wine awaits at the beach

Above: Not everything we’re going to taste in San Diego on Sunday at Jaynes Natural Wine Summit will be as orange and cloudy as this Picrate (Chenin Blanc from the Loire) that Alice, Tracie B, and I shared last February in Paris.

Seems that everyone who is someone is talking about “orange wine” these days. Last week Eric and Alice attended an “orange wine” dinner in Tudor City (Manhattan) and posted these excellent dispatches respectively, here and here.

Just like the ongoing discussion of what can truly be called “natural wine,” I’m sure some will disagree as to what “orange wine” is exactly but the generally accepted defining element is skin-contact (maceration) during fermentation of otherwise white grapes. Not all the wines included in the “orange” genre undergo maceration but there is most definitely an orange revolution afoot.

Not all the wines Tracie B and I will be tasting on Sunday at the first-ever San Diego Natural Wine Summit at Jaynes Gastropub will be as orange as the Picrate (in the photo above) but there are 29 — yes, count ’em — 29 superbly stinky, natty wines* for your tasting pleasure, paired with Jayne’s “farm to table” menu and DJ Greyboy’s “rare grooves.”

Above: This weekend, Tracie B and I will most definitely be hitting our favorite San Diego taco shack, Bahia Don Bravo. Natural wine and fish tacos, anyone? Yummmmmmm…

If you happen to be in town, please come by to see me, Thursday through Saturday nights at Jaynes and don’t miss the Natural Wine Summit on Sunday!

All of the wines we’ll be tasting on Sunday will be available for purchase at my new snazzy site, 2bianchi.com. Check it out if you have a moment and thanks for reading and for your support! Hope to see you in SD!

And remember, Stay classy, San Diego…

* The expression natty wines was happily coined by my Nous Non Plus bandmate Bonnie Day on our 2009 California mini-tour. I’ve got to be the only wine blogger in the world that uses footnotes, right? ;-)

4 thoughts on “Orange wine awaits at the beach

  1. vinogirl–prob pretty well with the added tannins!

    2B–i guess that winky face in your footnote means you’re kidding, hmmm?**

    **reference to the fact that fiancee uses them too. ;)

  2. Wish I could be there on Sunday — looks like a great line-up and a swell time.

    As for other orange wine write-ups, be sure not to miss Thor Iverson’s extensive coverage of the NYC event: http://oenologic.blogspot.com/2009/08/adventures-in-skin-trade.html

    Old World Joe has written up the wines from the west coast edition of the event: http://oldworldoldschool.blogspot.com/2009/07/orange-wines-la-cucina-di-sardegna-at.html and http://oldworldoldschool.blogspot.com/2009/08/orange-wines-pt-2.html

    As has Slaton Lipscomb: http://www.cellartracker.com/event.asp?iEvent=8265

    And damn it, I missed it all….

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