Can you feel it? The air is crisper in the morning and the evenings have begun to cool off. This year’s summer is coming to a close. If you’re like us, you are stoked for cool weather, changing leaves and the all delicious autumn meals. One of the most exciting parts of changing seasons is the changing drink menus! So what does a new season mean for your wine list??
For us, we are transitioning from crisp white wines and floral rose’s for earthy, rich and smooth varietals to entice our taste buds. Time to switch to fall wine varietals to maximize your enjoyment.
Dive into some lesser known varietals or reunite with some of your tried and true favorites to kick off your 2018 fall!
Hey Syrah, Syrah! It is your time of year again, so let’s get to decanting.
Syrah is sure to make a lasting impression. This wine is bold and often packs a spicy peppery after taste. A great way to mix it up front from your normal wine night. Syrah is often used in blends to make them richer, why not open up a bottle of cabernet to make your fall evening richer? Trying a different fall wine varietal pours some fun in your glass, doesn’t it?
Flavor: Blackberry, Peppery, Blueberry, Violet, Velvety,
Color: Deep, dark purple
Pairing: Braised beef, duck, barbecued spare ribs or really any bbq!
Wines to try: Merlo Family Estate Vineyards
(Learn more about Merlo Family Estate Vineyards – Sharing Merlo Family Estate Vineyards – Wonderful Italian West Coast Fusion Wine)
Once king of the varietals (dethroned by a movie years ago) is now sneaking his way back into the scene as the hipster wine. Looking for a deviation from your normal red wine? *Cough* Cabernet Sauvignon *Cough* Try a California Merlot! Merlot is the second most planted grape in the world! Packed full of a lot of the jammy flavors but in a different style Merlot is sure to delight any red wine lover.
Flavor: Black Cherry, Plum, Raspberry, Cedar, Tobacco, Vanilla, Clove & Mocha
Color: Medium red
Pairing: Roasted Chicken with herbs, Lamb Burger or a great Steak!
Wines to try: Cardella Winery
(Learn more about Cardella Winery – Carpe Diem with Cardella Wines!)
Pinot Noir is a grand grape, in the sense that it is one of the greatest varietals of all time and one of the oldest. Fun fact, Pinot Noir is over 1,000 years older than Cabernet Sauvignon. (https://winefolly.com/tutorial/5-facts-about-pinot-noir/ ) This wine has some serious history. Today it is one of the most popular varietals in the world or a reason. There are over 36, 282 acres of Pinot Noir grapes planted in the U.S.A. alone.
Flavor: Berries, Current, Plum, Fruit and Roses
Color: Light Red
Pairing: Duck (my favorite!), Oven Roasted Salmon or Pork Tenderloin
Wines to try: Eola Hills Wine Cellars
The father of the most popular wine in the world, Cabernet Sauvignon. This medium bodied red wine is a hidden gem! Very versatile when it comes to pairing with different meals. If you are hosting a dinner party and want to impress the guests? Bust out a Cabernt Franc, it will give you a great thing to
Flavor: Strawberry, Roasted Pepper, Red Plum, Crushed Gravel & Chili Pepper
Color: Medium Red
Pairing: Lamb Gyros, Tomato Curry, Crispy Skin Trout and Turkey with Cranberry (hint, hint Thanksgiving!)
Wines to try: Eagle Eye Winery
Most widely known as a great grape for blends, Grenache can be a “show stopper” all on its own. Boasting fruit forward and aromatic with a crisp acidity this is luscious red wine is a surprising crowd pleaser. Take a chance your next trip to the wine section at your local store and grab a new world Grenache for a fall wine varietal adventure in your glass.
Flavor: Strawberry, Black Cherry, Raspberry, Cinnamon, Anise, Orange Rind & Tobacco
Color: Lighter, Rich Red
Pairing: Roasted meats & vegetables with fruit sauces, Ahi tuna, Asian style grilled squab and other spicy Asian influenced dishes. Thai style grilled lamb with raspberry mango relish.
Wines to try: Mt. Hood Winery
(Learn more about Mt. Hood Winery – Picture Yourself Sipping Wine at Mt. Hood Winery )
There is much more to what meets the eye with this wine. According to Wine Folly
Now.. I know what you’re thinking, Sangiovese is only an Italian wine. CKJY’s blog focuses on American.. this is not the place for Sangiovese wine. And that is where you are wrong. It is an exciting time we live in!
Many California wineries with Italian roots have been growing and making great Sangiovese for years. If you are looking for a bold statement yet delightful wine.. look no further! Sangiovese packs that strong, full body flavor balanced with beautiful fruity notes and is a terrific fall wine varietal.
Flavor: Tart Cherry, Red Plum, Strawberry, Fig, Roasted Pepper, Leather, Clay, Oregano and Dried Roses
Color: Deep Ruby Red
Pairing: Lamb Chops, Baked Cheese Stuffed Shells, Grilled Vegetables like Eggplant and Peppers, Lasagna and Game Birds
Wines to try: Cardella Winery
Now that you have a hit list of wines to try.. get to sipping! Send us the pictures of the many different fall wine varietals you try as you relax with loved ones as the leaves change colors.
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Born a Southern girl, I was transplanted a few times as a Navy wife! Now, our “retired” USN family, calls CA home. As UNC business school grad, I gained lots of useful insights by finding different opportunities and challenges along our military life’s path. Love of traveling, making friends, experiencing other cultures and sharing the best of all that with everyone are now all part of me.