Outstanding wines are oftentimes difficult to find in your neighborhood grocery store or wine shop. You shop online for clothes and other items, so why not wine too? All of these options are on our Best Fall Wines list for a reason - they are worth your attention! Especially as we get further into the Fall Season. Plus, as it’s getting colder out, wine delivered directly to your door seems like a pretty fantastic option, don’t you think? Pick out some of your favorite red and white varietals and relax...we’ll do the rest for you!
There are thousands, yes thousands of different wine varietals in the world and even more if you count all of the hybrid varietals. Hundreds of these grape varietals call our small (in the grand scheme of things) region of California home. Here, Cabernet Sauvignon may be King with Chardonnay as its Queen, but there are plenty of other red and white wine varietals grown in California that offer great taste, body and flare. Not to mention our recommended wines can pair beautifully with Fall-inspired recipes - including your Thanksgiving feast. See a few of our top picks for top wines and varietals to try this Fall!
White Wine Varietals to Try:
White wine is known to be refreshing and the perfect companion for unwinding after work, cooking dinner or enjoying some hors d’oeuvres with friends. Summers can be dominated with fantastic Chardonnays, bright Rieslings and balanced Sauvignon Blancs but when it comes to turning the corner into Fall, you may be ready for a change of pace.
Pronounced Vi-ohn-yay, this Northern Rhône varietal is known to be an aromatic, dry white wine varietal boasting full notes of apricots, orange blossom and honey on the nose, with mimicking characteristics on the palate. Elegant and well-balanced we recommend pouring it as an aperitif or pairing it with dishes such as Classic Ceviche, pork chops or chicken.
• Ferguson 2014 Viognier
• Consilience 2013 Viognier
Drinking pink is not only for the Summer months! Rosés are typically made from blending various grape varietals together resulting in a finished wine that has grown to be complex, dry and enjoyably fresh. Ranging from floral to fragrant red berry fruit aromas, Rosé wines can be light and lively while possessing a palate varying between acidic and creamy with rich and diverse notes — thus, making it a perfect pairing for any Fall dish. We recommend trying Gnocchi with Brown Butter, Sage and Chanterelles, a number of pastas or Duck with Figs.
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Pronounced roo-SAHN, this finicky white grape varietal has delightful and warm hints of honey and pear while still maintaining a robust and full-bodied palate. Although a bit difficult to grow, the outcome is a remarkably aromatic with a richness that rounds out its acidity quite nicely; making it a very food-friendly wine. Fall recipes that would favor a Roussanne would be opulent cheeses, seafood and even some Spicy Puttanesca Penne Pasta.
• Carucci 2013 Roussanne
Red Wines to Try:
Red wines can be considered a go-to when thinking of wine pairings for robust and heavier Fall recipes. But, apart from the very popular Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel, which are the top 4 most planted red wine varietals in California, there are others worthy of your attention this Fall.
The Barbera grape, pronounced bar-BEAR-ah, is a native Italian red grape that is quite popular as both a single-varietal wine and as a fantastic blending partner to give lighter red wines a bit more depth and overall softness. These wines usually display generous amounts of black and red cherry, spices and chocolate while maintaining smooth tannins and easy-to-drink acidity. Barbara wines have a tendency to slip under the radar but are certainly deserving of more attention, especially when pairing them with Risotto or spaghetti bolognese!
• Fiddletown 2011 Barbera
The widely planted Grenache varietal has made a name for itself as a sturdy grape with thin, dark purple skins, yet the finished wine results in a surprisingly light-colored red wine with minimal tannins. But don’t ride it off so quickly! Wonderfully vibrant and complex, Grenache-only wines are full-bodied with aromas and flavors of berry fruits, black cherries, spices, roasted nuts and black pepper. An amazing choice for Fall and one to enjoy with recipes such as Roasted Lamb with Juniper Berries and a handful of other meat or vegetable dishes.
• Carini 2013 Grenache
• Casa Dumetz 2014 Grenache
Last, but definitely not least, the Tempranillo red wine varietal, native to Spain with its dark purple appearance makes outstanding full-bodied reds. With a nose and palate of berries, plum, vanilla and herbs, this is a fantastic choice for many hardy soups or a Roasted Sweet Potato Chili. You may also see “Tempranillo Reserva” on some Spanish labels which indicate the wine is of superior quality and showcase rich, rounded flavors, or even a “Gran Reserva Tempranillo” which is an even larger step up in overall excellence. These top-notch wines crave delectable pairings such as Asturias Beef Tenderloin.
• Opolo 2013 Tempranillo
Make sure to check out these noteworthy varietals and recommended wines in our Wine Store! Each wine we feature in our six Wine of the Month Clubs are also available for re-orders and additional purchases at up to 40% off winery retail prices. So what are you waiting for? Browse our various wine selections and try something new this Fall!