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Liberty Lake Wine Cellars releases orange wine

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 31, 2018

Liberty lake Wine Cellars has released an orange wine. (Photo courtesy of Liberty lake Wine Cellars)
Liberty lake Wine Cellars has released an orange wine. (Photo courtesy of Liberty lake Wine Cellars)

Liberty Lake Wine Cellars recently released a wine that’s neither red nor white nor rose but orange.

And, no, it’s not made from oranges.

Orange wine is a white wine that’s made like a red wine. The color is created by making a white wine that sits on grape skins for an extended period of time. Winemaker Mark Lathrop left the fruit for this particular offering in contact with the skins for six weeks.

Liberty Lake Wine Cellars’ 2017 gewurtztraminer is its first wine made in the “orange” style. Grapes were sourced from a 1978 planting on Red Mountain.

The technique dates to ancient times but largely fell into obscurity and only recently started becoming trendy.

Liberty Lake Wine Cellars has been in operation since 2005. Its orange wine is one of only a few of its kind attempted in Washington state, according to a LLWC news release.

The wine is available to sample and purchase at Liberty Lake Wine Cellars, 23110 E. Knox Ave. in Liberty Lake. Hours are 4-8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

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