It’s Fall Y’all! I’ve been saying that a lot since I moved down south, and boy are we enjoying the Tennessee life. The wine scene down here is booming just like in NYC, and luckily the Southern cuisine here is really wine friendly. Sure, we can get things from all over, but this year I am making sure my fall and Thanksgiving recipes are a bit “Southern inspired” this year. I may also have sprinkled in a few non-southern dishes too, because wine is subjective and can pair with a lot of different styles of food!
I have been tasting some great wines and have compiled 10 I think you will absolutely fall head over heels for this fall and winter season. From sparkling to white and a bunch of red, here are some of my favorites this season.
Sparkling Rosé All The Way:
Miguel Torres Chile Estelado Brut Rosé NV– The Estelado Brut Rosé is the first sparkling wine made from the País grape. I have tried this wine many years ago and was excited to re-visit it this season because once I tasted it again, I forgot how much I missed it. It’s so expressive, fruity, with nice freshness and a finish thats gorgeous and persistent. Miguel Torres is a fantastic winemaker and worked with local growers to revive this centuries-old, long-forgotten variety. Hints of red fruit and elegant citrus fruits come out on the nose, while delivering a fresh, lively, and charismatic sparkling wine. This wine would easily pair with a Southern pecan and apple salad, butternut squash fritatta, or a fall inspired baked cheese! $18.99
Domaine Michel Briday Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé- Family winery Domaine Michel Briday has a simple yet inspiring vision of Burgundy. That is to respect the vineyards and their unique terroirs as well as practice minimal intervention in the vineyards and winemaking process. The result will be wines with explosive fruit, freshness, and minerality! This 100% Pinot Noir Crémant reflects all of that and more, with richness and a full body that you don’t get with any crémant. This wine is elegant, and can easily pair with some Southern Fried Catfish with whipped sweet potatoes! $26.99
Domaine Xavier & Agnès Amirault Crémant de Loire Rosé Brut Nature- What a delicious crémant from the Loire Valley! The Amirault family has been producing wines for six generations and farms nearly 53 certified organic and biodynamic acres of vines. It’s quite amazing and this wine is not like any other sparkling you’ve had from this area. This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc sparkling Rosé, and is absolutely gorgeous with bright aromas of fresh strawberry and raspberry. On the palate it’s so fresh with a hint of anise, and elegance. This wine can absolutely stand up to a large meal, like breaded pork chops or even a pot roast. But I also love it with something sweet too, like a cranberry pecan upside down cake! $37.99
Gérard Bertrand Heritage An 825 Crémant de Limoux Brut rosé- This wine reveals the great terroirs of the South of France. It’s beautiful salmon pink with bright red fruit aromas with strawberry and raspberry being ever so present. It’s a lovely wine that’s ideal for fall sipping, especially on a sunny day where you can enjoy a light fall picnic. This wine just screams for brunch like Southern hash browns and ham, or biscuits and honey butter!
Brilla! Prosecco DOC Rosé– This wine is brilliant with an elegant Jewel tone to it. It’s sparkly and the bubbles are just delightful with freshness and lightness. It’s the perfect wine for a party and can jazz up any occasion. It’s fruity with notes of peach and green apple that make it very pairing friendly with a fall baked brie, shrimp cocktail, butternut squash soup, pumpkin muffins, and so much more. I’d say this is a good go-to for a fall brunch wine because it simply pairs with everything. $15
Rad Reds & Elegant Whites:
Sartori Reius Amarone Valpolicella Classico– Situated in the northern part of Verona, this Amarone is one of my go-to wines for fall and has been showcased in some of my recent virtual and in person tastings! Carefully selected grapes go into making this wine, which then they are dried. It’s an intense and beautiful wine with lots of red fruit jam, spice, and body. This would easily pair well with fall foods like short ribs, polenta (of course) topped with bolognese, or even a stew! This makes a perfect fall and holiday wine, so be sure to grab a few bottles asap. $50
Chateau de Ciffre, Saint-Chinian Rouge 2019– A gorgeous wine from Languedoc-Roussillon in the Rhone Valley. I love this wine between the longstanding family history in the region and the sustainable farming practices which they implement to produce really stunning wines. This blend is made from Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre with a nose of dark plum, lots of cherry, and cocoa. Its more medium bodied, so ideal for an evening with lighter dishes, or even with Thanksgiving dinner where the food tends to be heavier. I like this wine for Thanksgiving as its body and fruit can really compliment all the different dishes, flavors, and textures. $19.99
Donnafugata Anthìlia Sicilia DOC-A Sicilian white wine with a great label that everyone will notice! The label is the face of a woman from the Elymian civilization and the name has ancient roots that tie it to Roman history. This remains a beloved wine for its freshness and fragrance of white peaches and wild flowers. It’s fruity and lively with pleasant acidity and nice length in the finish. It’s an ideal wine for any time of year, but as we get into the cooler months I love this wine in the afternoon to sip with some appetizers like a Baked Brie, Roasted Root Vegetables, or even grilled fish. $19.99
Stags Leap Viognier 2020- One of the oldest wine estates in the Stags Leap district with unique and expressive terroir. This vintage is lively and boasts peach, floral notes, some pear, as well as toasted notes. I love the honeysuckle in this wine it makes it very fun for early evening sipping, Asian takeout, and more. It has a richness in the mouthfeel with really nice layered complexity on the palate. Loving this with spicy dishes as it compliments it well, and I think this wine would be ideal to give as a gift for the holiday season to the host/hostess. Its a delightful wine overall, and will compliment spice, cheeses, smoked meats, and more. $40
2011 Bertani Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico- This wine is made with grapes from the Tenuta Novare vineyards at Arbizzano di Negrar, in the heart of the Valpolicella Classic0 area! Bertani is an iconic winery with some of the best Amarone’s you will taste! I had to feature two because this time of year I tend to drink more Amarone due to the chilly weather and the fall flavors. The vineyards are mineral driven and devoted to Amarone production. This wine is a classic, and a must have for this holiday season. It boasts notes of plum, cherry and specifically morello cherry on the nose. On the palate it’s followed by earthy flavors and tones with some nuttiness, tea leaves, licorice and spice. The flavors are bold and begin with hints of red berry fruits, but then are by comforting vanilla notes with nice tannins and great acidity. I’d absolutely pair this with Truffle Pasta, Polenta, or even Risotto. If you can also get your hands on some game meat, Venison would be delicious with this, or maybe even duck. It’s an incredible wine that will go well with a lot of varieties food wise! $130
Now here’s a list with varying wines and price points! I wanted to give you a great range as we enter the holidays this year, as there will be a lot of wine being reviewed and I wanted to highlight these top 10 for gifting, sipping, and enjoying with all your favorite foods.
Always remember, eat what you like and drink what you love! Please pair responsibly.