Best Wines for Fall
Just like your clothing and the decor in your apartment changes with the season, so should the glass of wine that you enjoy with dinner or with your friends after a long day. Fall wines tend to reflect the signs of autumn both in taste and color. Here are some of the best wines to have in your apartment as the weather begins to get chillier:
Burgundy Pinot Noir
This wine includes plenty of fresh flavors including red cherries, strawberries, cranberries, violets, tomato leaf, cured meats and black tea. Try this wine with popular fall season dishes like roasted chicken, grilled salmon, risotto, turkey and duck.
Enjoy the buttered apple flavors of this popular wine that brings out the best in dishes like roasted chicken. When a chardonnay is “unoaked,” it has not been stored in an oak barrel to ferment and age. Instead, unoaked chardonnays are pure and clean, letting the wine’s fruit shine through. Chardonnays are produced in many parts of the world, including the U.S., Australia and France, so you can expect to only pay about $15 to $20 for a good bottle. Pair this type of wine with dishes that have a bit of sweetness, like a rich, buttered lobster or crab or even a chicken breast accompanied by a tropical fruit salsa.
This wine is made from gamay, a dark-skinned grape variety. Red Beaujolais wines can be broken down into four key categories: Beaujolais Superieur, Beaujolais Cru, Beaujolais Villages and Beaujolais Nouveau. They have a silky texture with fresh berry flavors and earthy aromas, and are often served slightly chilled. Beaujolais are delicious with a bowl of stew, cheese dishes and grilled foods, which makes this one of the best wines for the transition from summer to fall.
This is another perfect transitional to fall wine, so it pairs very well with traditional late-summer and early-winter dishes like scallops, turkey, veal and curried butternut squash soup. Alsatian Riesling tends to have a higher alcohol content than other wines and gives off aromas like candied ginger, honey and dried apricot.
Cotes du Rhone
These wines are often a blend containing red varieties like grenache and syrah. In fact, this vino can be made of a blend of up to 23 grapes. They’re perfect for everyday drinking and stand up to even the heartiest of fall dishes–not overpowering the cuisine, but enhancing it. Cotes du Rhone offers a heavy dominant flavor with a nice peppery finish. This spicy red wine marries well to white or red meat, grilled fish, pasta or even pizza, making it an extremely versatile wine. It also has a great value, and can be purchased for about $15 because of its wide availability.
If you’re planning on doing a bit of celebrating during fall, you’ll need a sparkling wine like Simonnet-Febvre Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Rose, made from pinot noir grapes. It pairs perfectly with autumn fruit or chocolate-based desserts due to its strawberry and cream flavors.
What are your favorite fall wines?