In the summer, wines are like centerpieces, but transition to the fall and wines are more like accents. Fall is most people’s favorite time of the year. The time for football, Thanksgiving dinner reunions, and holiday parties. So, pairing wines properly with foods and events is critical.
All things pumpkin is the theme of the season for many foods and drinks — to the tune of a $500 million-a-year industry, but that’s not the case when talking about wines.
Quite a few people enjoy “bitter” or dry wines, while many others do not. However, in the fall, tannins can add an extra layer of warmth, which may be welcomed more in the fall than other times of the year. The wines that are better suited for fall may have higher levels of tannins than the sweeter varieties enjoyed in the summer.
Generally, you should consider wines that have fruity, spicy, and dry notes when selecting wines for the fall. Red, white, and rosé wines come in many varieties that offer these characteristics. So, whether you’re a fan of a particular color of wine or are looking to expand your wine base, fall wines have something for every taste palette.
Fall Red Wines
During the fall, red wines make a popular resurgence. The options feel limitless when it comes to fall red wines, so enjoy shopping.
1. Beaujolais: This wine is made from the Gamay grape. Beaujolais wine adds distinctive, deep berry flavors balanced with a more acidic base. It’s the perfect transition between summer and the colder months because it’s light in tannins.
2. Dolcetto varieties: Dolcetto wines are made from the Dolcetto grape and feature deep black cherry flavors and more leathery textures. This wine is perfect for making the transition from summer nights to cool fall evenings. These wines often include a variety of grapes, but the end result is almost always flavor appropriate for the season with bitter notes of flavors that will remind you of licorice.
3. Merlot: You will find notes of cherry, other warm flavors, and tannins in this variety of autumn red wines. Select a bottle of merlot that evokes spices of fall, such as anise or cloves, for the perfect glass to end a fall day. Merlots are great as the base for a fall sangria or mulled wine for your holiday party or brunch!
Fall White Wines
If you would still like a bottle of white wine for the fall, consider the following.
1. Roussanne wine: This choice might surprise even your most seasoned wine-loving friend because it’s not well known in America. The wine features a blend of different grapes and has a balance of exotic spice flavors. It’s a perfect match for fall dishes like roast meats and hearty sides.
2. Semillon wines: If sauvignon blanc is your go-to, you may find Semillon to be a similar companion but with a slightly richer flavor. Fall fruits, like pear, pair well with these wines, making them perfect for fall events and everyday enjoyment.
3. Gewürztraminer: Gewürztraminers, while typically one of the first wines released each year in early spring, are perfect for fall enjoyment! These wines feature floral undertones with added spice during the aging process. This makes Gewürztraminers one of the best white wines you can serve for fall as a companion to hearty fall dishes.
Fall Rosé Wines
You have heard of us speak of rosés in other articles. It’s because they’re one of our favorites and can be served whenever you feel like it! You may think blush wines are only for warm summer days, but rosé wines are versatile enough to work with any season. Consider the following:
1. Syrah blend rosé wines: These blends offer a more profound, spicier take on more traditional berry-forward rosés. They can accompany a variety of fall dishes, but they are also delicious on their own as a nightcap. They have a flavor profile that includes spices of fall like star anise and clove. Syrah wines can help you transition seamlessly from summer to fall.
2. Bordeaux rosés: These blends provide the lighter finish that fans of rosé wines expect but with a more sophisticated taste. Their complexity makes them an excellent choice to transition into the fall season.
3. Grenache rosés: Grenache rosés, depending on the region of their creation, can have herbs or notes of cloves combines with something fruity. Pair one of these rosés on the side of roasted meat and vegetables, and you’ve got the perfect fall meal.
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