Top Five Wines to Pair with Autumn

The Wine Girl

As the summer winds down and the first signs of fall appear, the weather can be unpredictable. One hot, sunny day might prompt a day out by the pool. The next might bring cool breezes that require sweaters and scarves. How can one please the palate regardless of the impending forecast?

Look to versatile red wines that quench your thirst in temperatures both hot and cool. Don’t forget fuller-bodied, fleshy whites to enjoy on cool evenings. This fall, stay one step ahead of the weather report. Ask for these five delightful wines at your local wine store. They perfectly match with iconic fall flavors like mushrooms, cooked apples, butternut squash, and root veggies. Don’t forget the hearty meats like lamb and pork chops, along with lighter, savory slow-cooker soups. Get inspired in the kitchen this fall season with these food-friendly and delicious wines!

2013 Kalaris Sauvignon Blanc ($29.99):

Prickly pear, melon and grapefruit on the nose with stony minerality and hints of oak toast on the palate make this a very special Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. This is a one-time bottling of old vine, estate Sauvignon Blanc from the Axios vineyards owned by Gus Kalaris. This wine is most similar to a fine Sancerre, yet with a Napa Valley edge.

2014 Cornarea Roero Arneis ($19.99):

This white Italian grape is grown on the hills of Roero in Northwest Alba. The Arneis varietal almost became extinct in the 20th Century as Barolo producers began focusing only on Nebbiolo. In the 1970s only the Vietti family propagated plantings of the grape, and saved it from complete extinction in the region. Today, there has been a renaissance for the variety as exhibited by this lovely, full-bodied wine. Look for notes of white flowers, ripe pear, peach, and apricot on the nose and the palate, with rich texture and balanced acidity.

2013 Broman Proprietary Red ($34.99):

60 percent Syrah and 40 percent Cabernet Franc from two small vineyards in the Napa Valley make up this blend. This wine was aged in French oak for 22 months giving it amazing structure and backbone. Red plum, dark cherry and herbal eucalyptus notes are prominent on the nose and palate. Good acidy, grippy tannin and a long, lingering finish allow this wine to improve in the bottle for another 3-5 years.

2013 Domaine Dublere Savigny-les-Beaune Les Planchots du Nord ($34.99):

This Savigny-les-Beaune shows lovely notes of pepper, tart raspberry and Bing cherry with laser-focused minerality. Burgundy wines are fetching some of the highest prices in the world of wine; this is an excellent value at the village level.

2014 Venge Scout's Honor ($31.99):

The popular blend is made up of 71 percent Zinfandel, 15 percent Petite Sirah, 10 percent Charbono and 4 percent Syrah, so the taste is big and bold with rich notes of blueberry and blackberries exploding from the glass. A 94-point Parker wine, this is also a great value from the Napa Valley as it expresses all of the depth and character for which the region is famous.

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