One of the standout wineries in the “orange” wine movement isn’t making wine in Italy, or even Europe for that matter. Channing Daughters is a winery located on the South Fork of Long Island, New York. There’s no denying that the Ramato, an orange style wine made from Pinot Grigio, can stand tall against its peers. However, orange wine presents an interesting challenge for food pairing because it doesn’t behave like a white or a red, instead falling somewhere in the middle.
Pinot Gris is known to pair well with fish, yet it’s especially well known to pair well with salmon. In the case of the Channing Daughter’s Ramato, a Spice-Crusted Salmon provided the perfect balance. It was something about the spicy nature of both items that really made it work, that and the moist meat of the salmon contrasted by the dried fruit and brisk acidity of the wine. You can literally feel satisfied by just breathing in the aromas of these two items together. Spell-binding.
2011 Channing Daughters Ramato – The nose was intoxicating and ever-changing, like a floral perfume that draws you in with aromas of peach, ginger preserves, dandelion, brown sugar, honey and herbal tea leaves. On the palate, it showed brisk acidity with inner floral notes, minerals and dried apricot, yet it lost some of its momentum toward the close and finished clean and weightless. (88 points)