The color of the leaves are chaning, the warm apple pie is getting baked in the oven. Pumpkin spice latte is already on the menu, fall is here. Hence, I want to invite you to warm up during fall with these wine recommendations. I have picked these wines because of their versatility. You can pair them with comfort food such as the one suggested below or simply pair with snacks. These are changing and challenging times, I invite you to celebrate and gather with wine. You can also enjoy the wines I am recommending you by themselves. Most of the wines for fall on the list below, are widely available at a great price point.
Wines for fall 2020
Mandrarossa Frappato 2017 (750ml/$17.99) – A light-bodied red made from a native Sicilian variety known as Frapatto. This is the perfect transition wine and can be enjoyed with a slight chill. I will pair this with a warm quiche or with an omelette during brunch.
Cavit Pinot Noir 2018 (750ml/$9.99) – From northern Italy where is pronounced Pinot Nero, this Pinot Noir is bright and medium-bodied. In other words, very easy to drink. It is delicious on its own, with food such as seafood, burgers and light fare. You can also use it as the base of this playful Halloween Punch:
Mon Frère Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (750ml/$16.99) – As cooler weather sets in, this Cabernet Sauvignon from California offers great structure with juicy fruit flavors that make it a great pairing wine and an excellent, all- American choice for your Thanksgiving table. I will pair this with mac and cheese because that’s my favorite comfort food. Medium tannins that cut through the cheese. An enjoyable experience in the palate.
Trimbach “Classic” Riesling 2018 (750ml/$27.99) – The Trimbach family has been making exceptional, terroir-driven wine in Alsace for 13 generations. Trimbach “Classic” Riesling is dry with bright acidity, making it an unparalleled food-pairing wine that can be enjoyed with any holiday dish. I recommend you to pair this with mussels and warm bread.
Pfaffl Grüner Veltliner Zeisen 2018 (750ml/$18.99) – Allow this Grüner Veltliner’s juicy, crisp, and bright acidity to cut through the salt and fat of a perfectly smoked holiday ham, a savory potato latke, or share a taste of Austria’s signature grape as an aperitif.
Saget La Perrière “La Perrière” Sancerre 2019 (750ml/$39.99) – With a suave and rich palate, this wine from the Loire is a perfect match for hearty holiday classics – such as fish in buttery sauce or creamy poultry dishes.
Wines for Halloween, Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving.
It seems that the pandemic will still challenge the way we get through fall events such as Halloween, Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving. A bottle of wine unites with your family and friends all throghout by either sharing it on a virtual event or on a small gathering. These wines are great to warm up and gather with family or friends or to share through a virtual tasting. For halloween or friendsgiving virtual meetups I recommend you to try them and pair them creativetely or as I suggested above. I will be pleased if you let me know how do you like them.
As usual, I will also share with you wines for the holidays. But if you want to browse for my past recommendations, check them here.