Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Best Falls Wines to Try This Season

Autumn is the best time of year for wines. The holidays are right around the corner, and nothing goes with those early holiday feasts like a satisfying wine. And for once, we're going to keep these all under the US $30 budget, just so everyone can enjoy this list.

Di Filippo Montefalco Rosso 2009

A big, hearty wine to pair with roasts, this makes the perfect mid-season dinner sipper. Its got a rich and robust flavor, fruity but with a touch of late-fall musk, just begging to be poured next to a bountiful feast. Be sure to save a bottle for the Christmas season too, because it will enhance ham as well as game fowl.

- Domaine de Ferrand Côtes du Rhône La Ferrande 2010

For the Gothic mood of the season, we present this curiosity. This syrah wine comes from the north of France, producing a different flavor from its southern counterparts. The flavor is contemplative, fruit with olives, sharp yet rich. Enjoy it with your Halloween horror movie night, or just on a rainy autumn afternoon while brooding out the window wondering how the cozy mystery novel you've been reading will turn out.

- Clos de la Roilette Fleurie 2011

For those of you who consider fall the serious season, here is as down-to-earth as a wine can get. This wine is counter to the usual flighty fare from Fleurie; it's redolent of granite, smoke, spices, and business. "Gravity" is its middle name. Best served at end of day, after the hunt, or after the successful stock market buyout, however you hang your hat.

- Señorío de P. Peciña Rioja Crianza 2005

For those of you looking for a wine that says "fall harvest," this aged 7-year wonder is a lip-smacking candy treat of vanilla and berries. Its aroma is a heady mix of dried blossoms and crackling leaves, dashing the last of their essence in defiance of the coming chill. A cheerful potable that works as well at dessert as it does at the cheese table.

André et Mireille Tissot Crémant de Jura Extra Brut NV

Probably no wine embodies the entire season of fall in a glass better than this one. It's a dry white chardonnay with a splash of pinot to give it some humor, and a couple other blended grapes to give it a distinctive flavor from the region. The flavor is autumn in a glass, nutty and flowery with tart mineral tangs and raspy leafy bouquet. No need to pair it with food, as it's capable of handling the table on its own.

About the Author: Linda is a guest contributor from The Inns of Glendeven, a beautiful Mendocino bed and breakfast.

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