You Can Drink The Rainbow With These 7 Wines

Photographed by Nicole Maroon.
The world of wine is vast. In nearly every state, country, or part of the world someone is growing grapes and turning them into wine. And just as wine varies in origin and taste, it can also vary in color. Of course, we know about red, white, and rosé, but with a little hunting we discovered you can actually drink wine in (nearly) every color on the color wheel.
From orange to blue (yes, blue), to green, here's how you can taste the rainbow, one sip at a time.
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Red
Red wine gets its color from being fermented with the deep, bluish-red grape skins. The skins not only give the wine its color but also flavor. While we tend to think of red wines as being more full-bodied and heavy, varietals like Lambrusco (which has the perks of also being bubbly) and Pinot Noir are lighter and often closer to white wine in flavor.
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Pink
And of course, there's rosé, our lodestar, our summer grown-up juice. Rosé starts its life much like red wine, and with similar grapes, though the amount of time the skins are left in contact with the wine is cut short. The more deeply colored the rosé the longer the skins were involved.
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Orange
While it's not (thankfully) a bright, day-glo orange and more of a nice, peachy hue, orange wine, like red, describes both the color and the process used to make it. Orange wines are made out of the white grapes used to make white wine, but, just like with red wine, the skins ferment with the juices, giving it an orange hue. Served chilled, it has many of the full-bodied characteristics of a red wine.
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Yellow
While yellow and orange wines are not wildly different in hue, they describe two totally different wine making processes. Unlike orange wine, which gets its color from the skins of the grape, yellow wine gets its color from the aging process, which can take anywhere from 3 to 6 years. Traditionally, yellow wine comes from Jura, a winemaking region in France. Napoleon Bonaparte allegedly thought it was the best wine in the world.
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Green
There are two ways to go green when it comes to wine: depending on your state, you may be able to get your hands on some Cannabis-infused wine. But for the rest of us, there's Vinho Verde. It literally translates to "green wine," but, in this case, "verde" denotes young wine that is bottled no more than six months after harvest. Vinho Verde can be red, white, or rosé, but must come from the Vinho Verde region in Portugal.
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Blue
Shockingly, there are several ways to enjoy blue wine. We learned about blue Prosecco earlier this summer, which gets its color from the addition of curaçao. Another blue wine from Spain, which is currently available for preorder in the U.S., actually turns blue from pigments made from wine skins.
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Violet
Okay, so we couldn't find a purple wine (yet). For now, we're going to have to settle for wine with purple labels. Purple Cowboy has it right in the name — and also happens to be the official wine of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Associate. Yee-haw.
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