5 Wines You Must Have This Season

styles-of-corks1Sip 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!

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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!

Alcohol
7%

Serving Suggestions
Highly versatile. A great aperitif and equally sumptuous with tomato-based sauces, classic Italian dishes and spicy foods.

  

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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!

 Alcohol
11.5 %

Serving Suggestions
Ideal aperitif and accompaniment to fish and seafood.

image_2318362_fullChianti Classico Riserva Rocca delle Macie ($16)

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!

Alcohol
13.5%

Serving Suggestions
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.

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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!

Alcohol
12%

Serving Suggestions
Perfect with shrimp cocktail, oysters, and scallops.

cupcake_prosecco_bottle__63137Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco D.O.C. ($14)

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.

Alcohol
11%

Serving Suggestions
Pairs nicely with any appetizer, cheese  of course and dessert. Serve chilled.

Eat, drink and be merry.

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