Ross' Weekly Sip: 2017 Field Recording Skins

In 2007 Andrew Jones, a California viticulturist, began Field Recordings, purchasing grapes from vineyards across the Central Coast that he had helped to plant. Today, Andrew has extending his winemaking side projects to include Alloy Wine Works, Wonderwall & Fiction Wines. The wines of Field Recordings continues to be produced from his top single vineyard contracts. 

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A new offering in all of our stores, the Field Recordings ‘Skins,’ is Jones’ first leap into the world of orange winemaking. What is orange wine? Well it has nothing to do with oranges.  Orange wine is in fact the process of making white wine as if you were making a red wine.  Instead of pressing the juice directly off the skins, the grapes are crushed and left in contact with their skins for a predetermined amount of time. This adds aromatic character (as +80% of aromatics in grapes comes from the skin and not the juice) as well as body and phenolic bitterness (what wine dorks call tannin in white wine). This increased body and tannin structure allow a white wine to pair with an entirely new range of food. Be it chicken, fish, deep greens, a steak or ice cream, orange wine is every sommeliers safety net. 

The 2017 ‘Skins’ is a blend of three grapes from three different vineyards. Chenin Blanc from Spanish Springs, Pinot Gris from Pomar Junction, and Verdelho from Martin Brothers. Its important to know that orange wines, like IPA’s and Bourbon proof, can widely range. Some have the appearance of an everyday white wine while some have months of skin contact, and can appear to be a deeply pigmented rosé. This bottling leans more towards the white wine camp, and is perfect for the consumer just getting into natural and skin contact wines. 

Try the 2017 Field Recording Skins with your next home cooked meal, you won’t be disappointed. Available at all Mike’s Wine & Spirits locations.  $16.99


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