The weather is cooling down. Leaves are falling. The days are getting shorter. The change of the season is a great reminder to switch things up. It’s time to swap out those summer wines and try some delightful fall wines.
The following are six fall wines you should enjoy this season. ¡Salud!
According to the Wine Spectator, reds that are light- to medium-bodied with a range of spicy flavors pair well with autumn foods.
2010 Cuvee Marie DuBois Couron Syrah
This rich red hails from a family-run estate in Southern France. The Syrah is a dark grape that generally gives a fruity, high-tannin, robust flavor. This particular wine has notes of lush plum, black cherries, cocoa and a spicy edge. Try a 6-ounce carafe for $12 at Mercy Wine Bar.
2006 Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir
This Australian-produced wine was selected as one of the “30 Top Pinot Noirs” by Food and Wine Magazine. This pinot is described as a “light, bright red with floral aromas and notes of anise and musky herbs.” You can get a bottle of this star wine at Goody Goody Liquors in Addison for $20.49.
2010 Andre Brunel Cuvee Sabrine Cotes du Rhone Villages
This French wine is a blend of 75 percent 40-plus-year-old Grenache blended with 30-plus-year-old Syrah and a splash of Mourvedre. With notes of dark cherry, black plum and a smooth finish, you can’t go wrong with this wine. Buy a bottle at Sigel’s Fine Wines & Great Spirits in Addison for only $14.99.
2011 August Kesseler “R” Riesling Kabinett
This German white wine offers a sweet aroma reminiscent of apples and peaches. The fruity flavor with mineral notes makes for a great pairing with spicy food. Try a glass of this white wine at Townhouse Kitchen + Bar for $10.
2010 Brewer-Clifton 3-D Chardonnay
You can’t go wrong with a Chardonnay, but this one is a fall wine must-try. This California-produced wine offers an earthy straw and bright citrus oil aroma paired with lemon, mandarin and pine needle notes. Get a bottle of this good stuff at Sigel’s in Addison for $38.99.
NV Vallformosa Mistinguett Brut Cava
Sparkling whites, like Champagne and prosecco, are wines you can drink year-round. This Spanish cava is made from the typical blend of Xarel.lo, Macabeo and Parellada grapes. A glass of this effervescent wine offers aromas of apple and apricot and toasty, almond notes. Try a flute at Mercy Wine Bar for $10.
Now that you have a list of fall-approved wines, gather your friends, family or sweetie and enjoy the fruits of the season!