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THREE STALWARTS FROM EUROPE Gewurztraminer Demoiselle 2015 Domaine Rietsch Alsace, France Probably not like any cloyingly sweet Gewurztraminer you’ve ever had, this orange wine is fresh and zingy, yet polished — an ideal host gift for your next summer soiree or BBQ invite. Pairs well with cheese or lamb curry. $22/750mL; Mtsvane 2015 Pheasant’s Tears Kakheti, Georgia From 70-year-old Mtsvane vines, it delivers rich vanilla and spice notes on the nose and flavors of dry sherry and smoky apricot. Pair it with grilled white fish or pork dishes. $18/750mL; Rebula 2012 Movia Primorska, Slovenia Made by eighth-generation biodynamic winemaker Ales Kristancic, this golden-colored wine has notes of banana and ripe apple on the nose. In the mouth, it’s medium bodied with a touch of tannin and savoriness. Pair it with trout, oysters, or salmon. $31/750 mL; 5 CHOICE SPOTS TO SIP ORANGE WINES Gwen, LA Celebrity chef Curtis Stone’s second LA restaurant — this one in Hollywood — features nine orange wines by the bottle, as well as two limited-quantity ones (off the list) and one by the glass. Wine director Fahara Zamorano says the orange wines on the menu, mostly from Northern Italy and Slovenia, represent pioneering winemakers of the modern-day skin contact movement. 6600 Sunset Blvd.; 323-946-7512; Pleasantry, Cincinnati “Orange wine is foreign to 99 percent of the new guests who walk through our door. It catches their eye because they’ve never heard of it. But when we put it in their glass and they’re able to taste it, especially with food, they get it,” says wine director and co-owner Daniel Souder (right). This Over-the-Rhine restaurant sells roughly five orange wines by the bottle and one by the glass. 118 W. 15th St.; 513-381-1969; Roberta’s, Brooklyn, N.Y. Except for its cardboard to-go boxes, nothing is stereotypical at this Bushwick pizza joint, including its wine selection. Look for the menu’s orange wine section with 10-plus choices, including the popular Richard Stávek Vesely Oranzove from the Czech Republic. 261 Moore St.; 718-417-1118; IF YOU’RE TRAVELING OUTSIDE THE U.S. … Fera at Claridge’s, London This Mayfair restaurant offers more than 100 orange wines by the bottle and at least two by the glass. “We happily showcase this style of wine, which opens another dimension to wine tasting and dining due to its versatility in food matching,” says Raphaël Rodriguez, the restaurant’s director and head wine buyer. Brook Street in Mayfair; 011-44-20-7107-8888; 10 William St., Sydney This always jamming Italian-influenced restaurant in Paddington specializes in niche wine. Currently, it has 26 orange wines by the bottle listed — mostly from Italy — with two more available by the glass. 10 William St.; 011-61-2-9360-3310;

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