7 Best Autumn Wines

Forget the 7 deadly sins…what about the 7 best wines for autumn!

Food + Drink Wine Koelen Andrews

This article was published on October 5th, 2019

Remember that UB40 song “Red Red Wine” that everyone thinks was a a Bob Marley hit? As the seasons change and summer turns to fall, it becomes that sexy time of year when you want to cuddle under the covers or dive into a juicy book in front of the fireplace with your favorite glass of vino.

Autumn is the season of both crisp whites and vibrant reds. With so many different vintners and varieties to choose from, how’s a gal supposed to choose which wine is best? HomoCulture has you covered with the seven best autumn wines for the fall season. Bottoms up!

Riesling. This German white wine is sweet, full bodied, and buttery. A great wine for enjoying outside on a cool night or from the comfort of your own home. Riesling is especially great for those friends and family who aren’t too crazy about wines but could settle on something sweeter. Sophisticatedly sweet.

Pinot Noir. A staple red wine of many restaurants and wine aficionados, pinot noir is known for its mellow, low acidic flavor and follow through. Great with steaks, pork, and hardier seafood dishes, Pinot Noir is the kind of red that will warm you from the inside out. It’s somewhat dry with a smooth finish.

Merlot. A medium, oaky wine, Merlot is a great wine to come home to after work on a cool, autumn day. Merlot is a very smooth red with a soft finish and easy tannins. You’ll enjoy a fine taste without all the acidity when abiding in a glass of Merlot. It’s great by itself or with rich entree dishes, typically.

Champagne. Cheers to being alive and well! While any sparkling white wine seems celebratory, it is champagne and specifically champagne that reigns as the best toasting wine around. Celebrate all the good things in your life, including the changing season, with some bubbly wine direct from the Champagne region of France. You’ll impress your friends and enjoy some fine wine.

Chardonnay. Pretty much the opposite white wine to Riesling, Chardonnay is typically a full-bodied, full-flavored white wine packing dry, crispy, oaky flavors. The most popular white wine on Earth, Chardonnay is all too often people’s go-to wine, and for good reason. It has hints of pear, apple, and other fruit while retaining an acidic taste.

Rosé. Yes, way Jose: Rose is still exceedingly popular and here to stay. A constant staple in the gay summer brunch scene, Rosé lends itself to be appreciated by a queer audience because of its bright pink coloring, medium flavors, and crisp, easy finish. And the gays always seem to know what is hot before everyone else: Rosé may actually be the oldest known type of wine, with the most direct method of making it. 

Sauvignon Blanc. With the nickname “wild white”, you can imagine the origins of Sauvignon Blanc as a wine made from wild herbs and flowers. One of the most grown grape flavors in the world, there are multiple variations in the taste of Sauvie. But most contain fruit hints such as lime, passion fruit, and peach. But it’s the gooseberry, grass, bell pepper and other herbaceous flavors that give it that sexy smooth taste and finish.

Cheers queers! What is your favorite autumn wine?

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