The UK’s first orange wine bar has opened in London

When you settle down with a glass of wine, do you prefer a crisp white, a deep and mellow red or a fruity rosé?

Or what about an orange wine?

If you’ve never really heard of orange wine, fear not, there’s a new bar which will tell you everything you need to know.

The UK’s first orange wine bar has opened in London, from the team behind Hackney restaurant Silver Lining. The restaurant has transformed into a bar dedicated to the orange stuff where you can sit and sip as well as buy a bottle to takeaway.

For those not clued up, orange wine is the product of ‘skin contact’ which refers to the skins of white grapes when they are left on during the fermentation process. Usually, they are taken off when white wines are made. But as a result of keeping them on, an orange beverage is made which gives a more bitter and complex flavour. 

It’s becoming a popular drink of choice due to the fact the process is more natural and requires less intervention. 

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Previously, Silver Lining offered orange wine with a weekly Orange Wednesday promotion. But now they’ve decided to really push the boat out with a menu of over 50 different bottles.

Managing director Sarah Maddox said: ‘Our closure during lockdown has given us time to plan and reopen with something we’re really passionate about. 

‘Currently, even in a specialist establishment, you may only find one or two orange wines on a menu, which is why we’ve continued to work with our fantastic wine growers and suppliers, to present a range of orange and skin-contact wine that really shows the breadth and variety of this category.’

As well as vino, there are also small plates on the menu including French cheeses, tinned sardines, house pickles, anchovies, smoked almonds and more.

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