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Orange Wine is a Thing #WinePairingWeekend

I have been on this earth long enough to have at least heard of most kinds of wine, but when our host for this month of #WinePairingWeekend, Martin Redmon of ENOFYLZ Wine Blog told us we were going to explore Orange Wines, I had to go look it up. Thus the title was born, as I felt that there were others like me who didn't know a thing about Orange Wines.

Orange wine isn't a type of wine, it is a wine that is made by leaving the skin and seeds on the grapes that make white wine.  Contact with the skins may be just a few days or a few months, but the end result is that the wine is colored anywhere from a light peach to salmon orange.

I found my orange wine at a local wine store, Cork and Rind, which I have mentioned before.  It is a wonderful wine store that carries a wide variety of wine, including my orange wine!  Here is a bit about the wine I chose which was

Geeky Details

name: Savignon by Swick Wines
grapes: Sauvignon Blanc
age: 2018
area: Columbia Valley AVA

Money Talk $22.99

Nose: fresh, stone fruit,
Color: medium orange, like the dark part of a peach
Palate: a little pineapple, a little beer-like finish
Pairings: anything that goes with a red, like salmon

We paired it with a homey Salmon Stir Fry.  The pineapple notes added sweetness to the dish, giving it a bit of a Hawaiian flavor.  The stir fry vegetables loved the fresh taste, a little bit like how lemon freshens up a dish. The two played quite well together!

Starting to like this orange wine thing?  Go and check out all these other posts on this unique wine!

The stir fry was super easy, and here is the recipe we created just for this wine!

Salmon Stir Fry

Salmon Stir Fry

Yield: 2
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 12 MTotal time: 22 M
A delicious and easy stir fry that we made to go with Orange Wine. It's a Thing.


  • 2 c. cooked rice
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • 1 glove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 t ground ginger
  • 2 salmon filets, cut into chunks
  • 2 c frozen stir fry vegetables
  • 2 t rice vinegar
  • 1/4 c soy sauce (we use low sodium)


  1. Heat oils in a large pan.  
  2. Add garlic and ginger, stirring constantly.
  3. Add salmon, cook until opaque, turning as needed.
  4. Cook 2-3 minutes until fish flakes with a fork.
  5. Add vegetables, soy sauce and vinegar. 
  6. Stir well.
  7. Plate by adding rice to a bowl, then add salmon mixture.
  8. Topp with additional soy sauce.
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  1. I've never encountered a skin-contact white from Sauvignon Blanc! Sounds like it was interesting.

  2. I'm not an expert on orange wines, either. Your pairing sounds delicious! And maybe I should try a skin-fermented Sauvignon Blanc: might make me appreciate the variety more. :-)

    1. Sorry, Terri: this is Lauren from The Swirling Dervish. For some reason today, my comments are appearing as Unknown.

  3. I can see this wine pairing well with the salmon stir fry. Great choice.

  4. Sauv Blanc orange is a new one to me. Would be interested in trying!!

  5. I'm so glad you had a good first experience!

  6. Hope your first experience with orange wines was good one -- sounds like the pairing was delicious! Cheers!

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