Around the World in Five Wines

1. Orange Wine.

Orange wine originates from Georgia (the country) and bears homage to older winemaking techniques. Georgia is one of the oldest wine making regions, and evidence of orange wine goes back almost 5,000 years.

It’s orangey hue derives from extended maceration with grape skins, varying from a few days to a few months, which extracts color and tannins. (For the record, there are three other types of “orange” wine: wine macerated with orange peel, wine made from orange juice, and wine from the Orange region of Australia).

2. High altitude wines of Argentina.

The highest vineyard currently stands at over 10,000 feet in Argentina.

Altitude plays an important role in grape growing because it prevents the wine grapes from over-ripening, which is crucial for maintaining proper acidity levels.

3. Still red Champagne.

The Champagne region of France also produces still wine from pinot noir grapes.

Back in the day, Champagne as we know it (with the bubbles) was actually considered a wine flaw until King Louis XIV made it popular. As a result, the Champagne region began to focus primarily on sparkling wine, however there are two appelations that still produce still wines: Coteaux Champenois and Rose des Riceys.

4. Recioto.

Recioto is wine made from partically dried grapes.

This particular wine is from Italy, and these dried grapes create a distinctively sweeter, fuller-bodied wine.

5. Canadian maple wine.

I first learned about maple wine from a wine expo a few years ago.

I was unsure of what to expect, but as I tasted it, the first thing that came to mind was that it tasted like mead.