Drinking Seasonally: The Best Wines for Fall

As the weather cools and leaves begin to collect on the ground, we find our taste in colors and flavors changing in Grapes in a glasspreparation for Thanksgiving and Christmas. For wine enthusiasts, the often crisp and refreshing appeal of white wines diminishes. As the jackets come out and the color of nature morphs into reds and oranges, so too does our taste in wine colors. Fall gives a chance to indulge in some red wines that pair well with more heartier dishes that the cooler weather calls for.

We previously wrote about  foods to incorporate into you fall dining here, now find out  more about some of the best varieties of grapes and wines for fall to go with your food.

Six Wines To Go With Your Fall Menu

1. Beaujolais

We’re not talking about the mass-produced, pasteurized and diluted form of this wine. Cru Beaujolais is a more earthy, pure form of wine that has been produced in one of ten smaller French villages. It has been described as “complex,” with a deeper flavor than other wines. It is rumored to be a good accompaniment to a rich supper, particularly duck or turkey. You might want to save that one for Thanksgiving.

2. Garnacha/Cariñena Area 

There are a variety of flavors in this category, and many of them emulate Autumn well. Garnacha originates in Eastern Spain, Italy, and Southern France. Unlike other types of grape, the Garnacha offers wine enthusiasts a red and white style. The prominent flavor is berry-like but it’s easy to layer flavors like vanilla, cinnamon, and cranberries. It has a relatively high alcohol content and goes well with large, gamey or meaty dinners. Also, goes well with fall squash.

3. Gewürztraminer

This wine is one of contradictions. Its name is German but the wine is made in the cool climate of Southern France. Even more surprising is that the green to pink Gewürztraminer grape is grown in Italy. With this mix of cultural identity, it shouldn’t be surprising that this wine has a robust variety of flavors that are perfect for fall. Most often remarked as “spicy” and complex, Gewürztraminer wines combine honey, nutmeg, clove and anise with citrus and tree fruits. Known to go best with Spicy Asian and Caribbean dishes.

4. La Tremenda

Grown in sandy, limestone soil, La Tremenda grapes produce a rich, silky flavor that makes you think of the holidays. A bright red color offers the nose a scent of black cherry or berries and a hint of other spices. You might even notice an undertone of cocoa. A glass of La Tremenda goes well with pork chops, roast and asparagus tips with Parmesan.

5. Salice Salentino Riserva

This Italian wine is made from a rich, dark-skinned grape, offering a savory scent upon first opening. Think smoked bacon and sweet, ripe plum. There is also a tinge of vanilla aroma. As with other fall wines, Salice Salentino Riserva complements the protein-rich dinner, particularly red meat, and stew. This wine also goes well with pasta.

6. Madeira

This white Portuguese wine is versatile and unique. There are four styles of wine that are often placed Wine harvest bottlesin the Madeira family: Sercial, Verdelho, Bual, and Malmsey. Each has its own look and aroma, but in general, the wine is described as having a “nutty,” or “toffee/caramel” flavor. Dryer versions of the wine go well with salty foods and broth-based dinners, while sweet versions complement dessert dishes very well.

Don’t Judge Solely On Color

Not all red wines are good for fall; some of the best fall wines in terms of flavor are white wines. It is important not to judge based solely on color. Texture, aroma, and weight are all important and play a role in a wine’s popularity and use in the fall. Some of the spices and aromas most associated with autumn include cinnamon, nutmeg, cranberries, apples and cocoa.

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