This article was published on November 26th, 2016
It is time to embrace fall in all its autumnal glory. Bring in the whites and pastels, the florals and lazy evenings, and roll out the Autumnal hues, comfort food and cozy evenings in front of the fire. Autumn is a time for entertaining, indulgence, and comfort food. Build your winter padding before the cold sets in. With that in mind, having the perfect wine to hand is extremely important. Selecting wines that suit the cold dark colours of autumn. Now is the time to replenish the wine rack with these five autumn wines that’ll warm your heart.
- Les Closiers Lirac 2015
From Southern Rhone in France, this unoaked wine oozes clarity and quality. This is the epitome of a full bodied wine with rich fruit undertones and deep spice notes. A perfect pairing with a rich hearty dinner or sublime on its own sitting by an open fire. This is a classic Autumn red.
- Spier Signature Chenin Blanc 2015
Originating from the oldest vineyard in South Africa, this wine is an unbeatable choice for fall, the medium bodied white is made from the chenin blanc grape, possible one of the most underrated grapes in the region and the signature grape of the South African wine industry. With an acidity that will match perfectly with any savoury meal and a lightness that won’t overpower any of the thanksgiving flavours this is an ideal accompaniment for any fall dinner.
- Inniskillin Late Autumn Riesling
Hailing from Ontario, this riesling is the absolute perfect autumn white. A delicate balance of sweet on the palate with a crisp and tart finish that refreshes the palate. The hint of tropical and citrus flavours are reminiscent of summers gone by but the overall dry finish perfectly compliments the impending fall.
- Cedar Creek Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2013
Another home grown one, hailing from British Columbia, this elegant number is full of deep earthy flavours and is nothing short of the most comforting red on the shelves at the moment. Deep enough to be warming yet light enough to be a highly drinkable wine the long finish makes this wine a perfect go to for any situation in Autumn.
- La Battagliola Lambrusco Grasparossa 2013
While fall may not immediately bring to mind the idea of drinking sparkling wines, give this Italian number a go. With a strong aroma of dark plummy fruits this is a surprisingly deep Lambrusco whose tannic tones are more than a match for even the heaviest of fall meals. Keep this on hand for those who love a bit of bubble and don’t want to retire that for the cold weather.
These five wines will more than make up a well-stocked wine selection perfectly matched for autumn. Fill your wine racks, cabinets, and fridges! It’s be well worth your while.