Fall is finally here! If you enjoy this season, then I am sure you can agree summer lasted way too long (at least here in NYC). I am always craving fall flavors as soon as September hits, and because the holiday season is my favorite time of year, it’s hard waiting for fall. Finally it’s here, and if you’re seeking some great wines to pair with all of your seasonal flavors, you’ve come to the right post!
I tend to drink more wine in the fall, because I am less dehydrated and it just feels better. I love enjoying all types of wines year round, but fall is where I thrive! There’s something about roasted root vegetables, sweet baking spices, and those fall flavors that really make the season so special.
Here are five wines you’ll see me enjoying and sipping throughout fall, because they’re just so perfect pairing wise!
Martini & Rossi Prosecco– Can you say Apple Cider Mimosa’s? Besides this lovely brunch cocktail, Martini & Rossi is a wonderful winery producing some easy to drink, nice quality, sparkling wines. This brand has been around for a very long time, and for good reason because I just absolutely love their Prosecco! I love it on it’s own, but also in cocktails such as a “Italian” 75 (aka a French 75), mimosa’s, and even sparkling sangria. At $14.99 it’s a steal for some delicious bubbles that basically pair with anything.
2019 Nino Costa Roero Arneis– One white I have been loving all year long has been Roero Arneis! I had the pleasure of doing a full Roero tasting a few months back, and have been enjoying these wines with everything since! Super crisp, fruit forward, dry, and delicious. This wine comes from 16+ year old vines, and is also grown at a higher elevation, which shows in the elegance of this wine. Lots of pear and wet rock, tons of fun fresh aromas and a great finish. Overall ideal year round, but for fall this one would be great with Pumpkin Ravioli and Brown Butter Sage, topped with some candied Pancetta! If you want something less fall, but also delicious with this wine, think Thanksgiving, it would be ideal for day drinking and at the dinner table! $16
2018 Double Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon- Normally this comes out in my holiday posts, but lately I have been celebrating a bit more this year and making sure I open up my good wines and enjoy them. Life’s short, so enjoy the wine while you can! I have loved this cabernet for many vintages now, because of the chocolate, spice, and fruit notes it expresses. On the palate it’s just delicious, seductive, and a really incredible Napa Cabernet. “Fred Schrader created Double Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon of Diamond Mountain Napa Valley, as part of his continuing quest to make the best Cabernet Sauvignon the Napa Valley appellation can offer.” $85
2019 SIMI Pinot Noir– From the Russian River Valley, this PN is just the perfect fall wine! Pair it with a fall charcuterie board, some kombucha squash, short ribs, or even some butternut squash soup, and you have the perfect meal. Luscious aromas of wild strawberry, tea leaf, flowers, and blackberries are very enticing in this wine, while the palate and finish are smooth and pairing friendly. You get a bit of dried herb and spice on the finish which is beautiful and definitely can help this wine stand up to creamier dishes too. $45
Martini & Rossi Asti- When you want something for brunch, or something for dessert this is a great go-to sparkling wine. The Asti is a bit on the sweeter side, but pairs beautifully with so many savory things, including Jamon, Pumpkin butter, and all those wonderful fall flavors! This wine is great over ice, or with cheeses and fruit salad. Mix and match flavors, or even go with some spicy takeout because Thai and Indian cuisines work well with this too. This wine is perfect for any occasion where you want something delicious, but nothing too serious. $14.99
More fun fall wines will be posted soon, but I thought these were just absolutely perfect for this in-between, warm, yet cool weather we have been having on the East Coast!
Always remember, eat what you like and drink what you love… please pair responsibly!