A delicious skin-ferment white wine, this spent 4 months on the skins, half the time fermenting. While it fits into the “orange wine” category by its ferment, the Ronchi di Manzano Ribolla Gialla is not orange. It’s a light lemony-yellow color with an ever-so-slight haze. Let’s get to the important stuff-smell and taste. Smoked whole Meyer lemons, crushed seashells, green apple peels, fresh pineapple, sea air. Yes, it’s fun AND tasty. The finish doesn’t let go: bold acidity, salty, creaminess…it’s tart and creamy at the same time.
I feel the need to give a food pairing with this wine, so here goes: when was the last time you made chicken piccata? It’s been a while for me. That’s the match – you MUST include thinly sliced lemons into the sauce for the perfect pairing. I’ll probably add some briny green olives, too.