Sip seasonally, a fundamental precept, which makes just as much sense intuitively as dressing to the season or wearing a dark, bold lip during Autumn. Yes, I believe in it that much! When the leaves start to change, and the temperature requires a more layered style, we begin to stow the whites and rosés in favor of the reds. It’s simple but vacuous logic. Sip seasonally, a command uttered without thinking, generally focuses on color, yet it is so much more intricate. Color is not the most paramount factor in seasonal drinking; however, the weight and texture of the wine is. Now, I am positive that more reds will make their way into my wine glass this season, but I still have a devout place for more-robust whites like a full-bodied Viognier! Since we are in the midst of crisp Autumn air, I decided to share 5 great Autumn wines that will get you through this season with money leftover for holiday shopping! Without further ado, here’s my top 5 wine picks for the season! Enjoy!
Roscato Rosso Dolce ($12)
Roscato Rosso Dolce, an elegant, frizzy and fun choice, is a delicious sparkling “blush” wine produced in the Moscato d’Asti style, with residual sugars giving it an off-dry finish. Made in Lombardy, Italy, from a blend of red grapes, it features slight sweetness, bright acidity, and flavors of cherry and blackberry. I recommend giving this one a good chill and enjoy!
Highly versatile. A great aperitif and equally sumptuous with tomato-based sauces, classic Italian dishes and spicy foods.
Le Jaja de Jau Sauvignon Blanc ($11)
The Le Jaja de Jau Sauvignon Blanc is a fresh, clean and zesty Sauvignon Blanc produced by Château de Jau in southern France. Jaja is an old French slang word for a glass of wine, everyday wine or a thirst-quencher. The wine tastes of citrus and tropical fruit with a hint of grapefruit. I enjoy this wine well chilled, as a partner to all those good things in life. Ooh la la!
Ideal aperitif and accompaniment to fish and seafood.
Chianti Classico Riserva Rocca delle Macie is enhanced with tiny percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to create a fresh, balanced wine, with aromas of red fruit and savory spice. The aroma is rich, intense and complex, while on the palate the wine is dry, soft, and gently tannic. I have always enjoyed this wine, and I savor it until the very last drop! The mouthfeel is so soft and velvety!
Uncork at least an hour beforehand, then decant shortly before serving. Serve at a temperature of 64°-68°F. This wine is particularly well suited to dishes of red meats.
Pepiere Muscadet Clos De Briords ($18)
The 2013 Clos des Briords is composed of subtle aromas of lemon flowers and thyme with hints of pear, and it has citrusy acids with apple and pear. I had never had a Muscadet wine before trying this one, but it’s great! It is described as a “brilliant nose of wet rocks.” Weird huh? Nevertheless, this vintage wine is fabulously refreshing! The “classic” Clos des Briords as Marc Ollivier says, a great “food wine” and a great value, as always!
Perfect with shrimp cocktail, oysters, and scallops.
Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco D.O.C. has a lovely mouth-feel that shows off honeydew melon and citrus plentifully. The finish is crisp and refreshing with a pleasing final lemony note that begs you to come back for additional sips. This is a light and delightful Prosecco that drinks beautifully all by itself. The Cupcake Prosecco would be a nice choice to either begin or end any celebration, which makes it perfect for the next toast or holiday gatherings.
Pairs nicely with any appetizer, cheese of course and dessert. Serve chilled.