We shoot for the wine rainbow: Reds, whites and rosés are all part of our rotation. The best part about adding orange wine to the spectrum? It's like forcing the full rainbow into one glass--a white wine made like a red with the ease of a summer's rosé.
Now you can find orange wine from New York's own backyard.
Bottled in an aw-it's-so-cute half bottle, the 2010 Brooklyn Winery Finger Lakes Orange Chardonnay ($22 for 375 ml, $15 by the glass) was released just last week. Full-on grape-skin contact during fermentation and no added yeast or sulfites results in a beautifully cloudy, super-dry wine with notes of apricot, orange zest, black tea and honey. Brooklyn Winery, 213 N. Eighth St. (between Driggs Ave. and Roebling St.), Brooklyn; 347-763-1506 or bkwinery.com
The copper-colored 2010 Brooklyn Oenology Orange Pinot Gris ($25 for 750 ml, $11 by the glass) somehow smacks of both tannin and orange lollipops. Winemaker Alie Shaper bought a single ton of grapes from the Finger Lakes and produced a limited production run of only 63 cases. So don't dillydally getting this one into your glass. Brooklyn Oenology, 209 Wythe Ave. (at N. Third St.), Brooklyn; 718-599-1259 or brooklynoenology.com