November 11th, 2015 12:00 PM
Tomorrow, November 12, Wine Director and Autre Monde co-owner John Aranza, who is of Croatian heritage, will lead a Balkan Wine dinner.
Most wines at this dinner will come from Slovenia and Croatia, both of which have a cool climate conducive to white wine grapes. Croatia has the further advantage of being situated along the Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic Sea, where the Mediterranean climates are equally good for red wines.
Never had a wine from Slovenia, Croatia or Serbia? This is your chance.
The Balkan region has been producing wine for millennia, and some of the more intriguing wine products from this area are the "orange wines." Orange wine is not made from oranges but rather from white grapes that are macerated (crushed) and left in contact with the grape skin for up to several months. Sometimes the orange wine is intentionally oxidized (some are made in not-quite-air-tight amphorae), so there are notes of sherry which in other wines might be considered a fault. Aranza assured us that he does have orange wines on his wine list. You should try one, just for fun.
At the dinner tomorrow, Aranza will be pouring:
Along with these Balkan wine selections, Autre Monde chefs Dan Pancake, Beth Partridge and Andrew Kerns will prepare a five-course dinner, because if you're going to be drinking wine this interesting, you want some interesting chow, too. It all costs $95, which seems like a good value for dinner and a guided presentation of beverages.