Spoiler warning : it seems there’s only one drink that’ll do in the aftermath of murdering your best friend’s partner – and according to Dead to Me’s Jen Harding (played by the hilarious Christina Applegate) – it’s orange wine.
If you love the series too, you might have already watched the scene in episode one where Jen is frantically cleaning her back garden to remove traces of Steve Wood’s (James Marsden) fateful visit. It’s at this moment that her annoyingly chirpy neighbour drops by for a chat and invites her to try some orange wine.
Sure, neither of them know what orange wine is and the suggestion may have come from a Reddit thread, but you know what? That orange wine looks good. So much so, it’s got us hankering to know more about this summery sounding wine and whether we should be drinking it ourselves.
What is orange wine?
According to wine expert at The Wine Workshop Jane Parkinson, we should absolutely be cracking open a bottle of orange wine, as she says this particular beverage is “one of the hottest trends right now”.
“Orange wine is nothing to do with the fruit and everything to do with the wine’s colour,” says Parkinson.
She continues: “It’s made by crushing white grapes in a cement or ceramic container and instead of removing the skins and seeds (as is normally done), the whole lot is left to ferment away for however long the winemaker sees fit. It could be a few days. It could be a year. Little to no additives are included in this mixture so they often taste earthier and turn an apricot/orange colour.”
Orange wine does often cost more, but Parkinson explains that because of the time and care it takes to make a good one, and says it’s worth the extra pennies.
Best orange wines to try
If you’re new to the world of orange wine you might be wondering where to start. Yes, this stuff may sound like sunshine in a glass, but with so many different interpretations on the market it can feel difficult – nay impossible – for a wine novice to pick the right one.
We asked Parkinson for her help once again, and enlisted the expertise of Luke Comer from Newcastle cocktail bar Mother Mercy (who, since lockdown, has developed a home cocktail hotline Mother Knows Best with tips and recipes), for their tips on the best orange wines to try.
Accadia Evelyn 2018
“Quite a rich and nutty-flavoured verdichhio from the Marche region,” says Parkinson.
Zampaglione Don Chisciotte 2018
“A really elegant fiano that tastes of apple skins with a salty-flavoured freshness,” says Parkinson.
Cullen Amber 2017
“This Australian sauvignon blanc has delicious honey and apricot flavours even though it’s bone-dry,” says Parkinson.
Calcarius Nu Litr Orange 2019
“Instantly recognisable from a great winemaker. It comes in a litre and is super affordable,” says Comer.
2017 Taronja de Gris
“This is the one we use at the bar. Affordable, delicious and French,” says Comer.
Slobodne – Cutis Deviner 2017
“Slovakian and from an amazing vineyard run by two women!” says Comer.
Cambridge Road Cloudwalker
“This is an organic, trendy new wine from Marlborough and definitely worth a taste, ” says Comer.
Feeling thirsty yet? Well, that’s our picnic-ing libations sorted!
Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.