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Best Wines To Drink This Fall

Nancy Fann-Im

Autumn has arrived, which means time to break out the sweaters and slow cooker! But did you know that the changing of the seasons also signals the opportunity to transition to wines that are appropriate for the fall?

Just as there are refreshing summer wines like rosé and Sauvignon Blanc, and heavier winter wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, there are autumn wines as well. And just as you'd expect, they fall somewhere between light and fun, and robust and serious. Here are some suggestions for reds and whites to try as the days become shorter and you're in need of some comfort.

A bunch of Grenache grapes


Grenache (and its Spanish counterpart Garnacha) is a classic choice for the fall. Medium-bodied and brimming with seasonal flavors such as fig and vanilla, it's the obvious wine to bring on a leaf-peeping picnic.

Wine to try: Vigo 2016 Grenache

Recipe to pair with: Lamb Burger

A bunch of Syrah grapes


As a moderately robust red, Syrah is the perfect companion for all those slow cooker dishes you're now in the mood to cook up, from chili to short ribs. Save its more powerful cousin Shiraz for those bitterly cold winter months — this is a lean yet savory wine to sip on a brisk evening.

Wine to try: AJA Vineyards 2016 Syrah

Recipe to pair with: Chicken Tikka Masala

A bunch Chardonnay grapes


It's time to put away the Sauvignon Blanc and bring out the Chardonnay. The full-bodied profile and creamy mouthfeel of traditional Chardonnays are exactly what you need to pair with fall dishes like roast chicken and lemon-butter white fish.

Wine to try: Outlot 2017 Chardonnay

Recipe to pair with: Wild Caught Salmon with Lemon Tarragon Aioli

A table set up for Rosé wine tasting


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. Be sure to check out our Rosé Special 6-pack for a variety of limited production Rosés!

Wine to try: Madroña Vineyards 2021 Rosé

Recipe to pair with: Caramelized Pork Ban Mi Baguettes

Bunches of Pinot Noir grapes

Pinot Noir

With fall dishes like berry-glazed pork chops and mushroom risotto taking over the menu, you'll need an earthy wine to go with them. Nothing's more earthy than Pinot Noir, and the baking spice flavors of cloves and cinnamon complement the season wonderfully. We even have a Pinot Noir Wine Club for our wine lovers that are especially devoted to Pinot Noir!

Wine to try: Vinum 2018 Pinot Noir

Recipe to pair with: Charlie Palmer's Turkey with Mushroom Gravy

A bunch of Viognier grapes


For something completely different, try Viognier this fall, a big-bodied white whose claim to fame is its distinctive aromatics. The creamy texture and moderate level of alcohol also makes it great for heavier dishes.

Wine to try: Section Wines 2020 Viognier

Recipe to pair with: Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli

If you're interested in a wide variety of options, regardless of the season, a subscription to a wine of the month club is always a great option! With a shipment of unique, highly-regarded wines brought to your doorstep each month, you really can't go wrong any time of year!