My (not-so-secret) secret crush.
Ever since his arrival at the head of the symphony orchestra, the institution has become more accessible than ever to the common folk like you and me. With his music and his charisma, the Maestro brought cool back to our city’s orchestra.
So when S announced to the world that he had two tickets for Thursday’s concert, I called dibs.
An evening at the OSM is not complete without some sort of pre-theater munching. An hour before the concert, S and I met at the Pullman – le wine bar par excellence and conveniently located five minutes away from the orchestra’s home.The wonderful thing about Pullman is that they have a wine card that is extensive enough to please the toughest sommelier, and staff so knowledgeable, yet unpretentious, that they will convert any newbie. Flicking through their wine bible, our eyes were caught by a rather peculiar headline: “Orange wines”.
These orange varities are in fact white wines made using techniques usually reserved for red wines. So take a grape to make white wine, press it, but instead of taking the skins and pips away immediately, leave it all to ferment together. At the end of the process, the skin will have transferred the tannins and colour to your “white” wine, giving it an amber glow – hence, your orange wine! Taddaa!We chose the Toscana Bianco 2013 from Podere Santa Maria. Now, at the risk of generalizing based on a single bottle, orange is exactly what you’d expect from the process: a white wine with the texture of a red wine. You get the grip and the dry feel of a red, but all of it is wrapped in the fresh packaging of a white. Happily, orange is minerally enough to have it with some fish, and texturally dense enough to accompany some serious meat. And so we did: beausoleil and gooseberry oysters, smoked mackerel & ratte potato, venison tartare & homemade chips. All very pleasant – so much so that we almost missed Kent (scandal!). At four minutes to eight, we rushed through the door and made it by the skin of our teeth as the doors of the concert hall closed right behind us. On the night’s program? A romantic journey through Wagner’s, Schoenberg’s, Schubert’s and Strauss’ compositions.
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