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80 T R O P I C M A G A Z I N E 80 T R O P I C M A G A Z I N E tropic vintage While holiday meals tend to be traditional, comfort- ing standbys, we looked for something surprising to enjoy as a pairing partner — wines that show a little twist and buck expectations. spice up your season with these three awesome autumn options: Donkey and Goat Sluice Box orange is the color of the season and orange wines bring a little something extra to the table. a wine is called orange if it is made with skin- fermented white grapes and is not fi ltered before bottling. as you may know, many "white" grapes are actually colored, like pinot grigio, which is picked at a blu'ish hue. With time on the skins, a pinot grigio will turn into almost a coppery color, hence the category's name. but some, like those made from chenin blanc, are a cloudy yellow and a few blends are nearly white with the opacity of skim milk. they are dynamite for food pairing and offer a lot of sip for thought. southern Rhône white varietals really shine in this category — marsanne, roussanne, viognier, and grenache blanc. they have the potential to carry a little more weight, and fermented with skins-on, can create a white wine with enough heft for au- tumn sentiments. for an incredible domestic version, try sluice box by donkey and goat, an urban winery in berke- ley whose owners trained under eric texier, the famed natural producer in southern Rhone. it is fruity, fl eshy, rich and pithy with lots of subtle fl oral notes and an incredible texture. alongside turkey or even that sweet potato dish with the marshmal- lows on top, it will bring a new dimension to your traditional fare. Domaine des Terres Dorées Last year, we explored harvest wines from around the world, wines like beaujolais nouveau, burˇ cák and Vinho Verde, that are ready a few months after the grapes are picked. terribly fun and fl irty, these wines are all fruit and sass, easily loveable and quaffable markers of a vintage. but this year, with the no nouveau campaign in florida, we look towards examples of gamay that highlight the age-worthy, elegant side of the grape. there are ten crus of beaujolais, the home of gamay and the most southern region of burgundy, and all have the prettiest little names like fleurie, Morgon and Moulin-à-Vent (meaning windmill). the terroir in these crus produces a variety of expressions from delicate and playful to complex wines with surpris- ing tannins and acidity. exploring the higher-level productions in this region is one of the greatest bang-for-the-buck opportunities on the market. for truth in expression, search out domaine des terres dorées, a traditional, family producer who Text Margaret shugart donkey and goat sluice box

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