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It's Hot in Here July Tasting at Dovini

Escape the Texas heat with us on July 2nd at 7pm at Dovini Italian Grill in Bridgeport, TX, for 'It's Hot in Here,' a refreshing wine tasting designed to cool you down and lift your spirits. I have handpicked five exceptional wines that are perfect for beating the summer sizzle....


Dovini Wine Dinner June 25

Deposit for June 25th Wine Dinner at Dovini.


Let’s drink and know stuff about Albino Armani’s gorgeous Colle Ara Pinot Grigio, some would call an “orange wine.”

Look at that beautiful color. It’s not a rosé, not white …but I think orange isn’t quite right either.

What is orange wine?

First, I hate it when a wine becomes dumbed down to just a color. Vino is entirely too complex for a single word like “orange” to capture anything about it. I prefer white wine with skin contact, myself.

Around 2018 “orange wine” became all the rage… often among wine drinkers who were a bit light on knowledge and experience. They knew just enough to be dangerous to themselves and annoying to anyone who knew better. Orange wine became a buzz word for cool and trendy. And cool and trendy leads to over produced and icky.

Here’s the science and history:

Orange wine is when you take white grapes, crush them, and then allow skin contact with the juice as you would a red wine. The taste of the final product depends on the variety used, how much oxidation is allowed, whether wood is involved, and so on.

Skin contact wine made with white grapes has been around for approximately 5000 years. In the modern era this type of wine is traditional in Northern Italy, Slovenia, and other little pockets around Europe.  In the last 10 years, these wines have been made all over the place from Australia to California. 


Now back to the Armani wine.

First, notice that they do not call it orange wine. The back label briefly explains that the complexity and copper color come from skin contact. A winery as exacting in their quality standards as Albino Armani would certainly side step trendy words, preferring the actual explanation of the process.

Next, check out the growing region: Valdadige Terradeiforti DOC. This is a sub-zone in Valdadige in the far Northeast of Italy that got its DOC status in 2006. It’s very mountainous and, though it produces a small amount of fruit, the quality is phenomenal. Colle Ara refers to a particular hillside in this zone thought to have some of the best terroir.


Finally, how does it taste?



The fruit starts out tropical, melon and papaya, then moves into apricot skin. Next I get red plum, then almond blossom. I’m not trying to be chichi, but the flowers on an almond tree have a particular smell…and it’s in this glass!

The texture of this wine is snappy with plenty of grip on the tongue. I found it enjoyable on its own, but it was fantastic with the spicy chicken curry dish full of sweet potatoes, carrots, and broccoli that I made for dinner. I could also see pairing it with other highly spiced dishes like Moroccan cuisine.

Try it out and let me know what you think!