While there's no denying we love us some rosé
in the summer, all day every day, year-round, a new season does have us feeling like we might need to expand our vino horizons just a bit. Especially given the fact that there are so many talented winemakers
releasing superior whites, reds, and sparkling
varietals at the moment. Let us point the way to what are bound to be your new fall favorites in every price range.
Famille Bougrier Vouvray "V" 2017 ($12):
Loire Valley vineyards are known for producing extremely drinkable wines with exceptional craftsmanship. When you need a break from rosé, this off-dry Vouvray works for aperitif to dessert and everything in between.
San Marzano Taló Malvasia Nera 2016 ($17):
San Marzano is one of the leading Southern Italian producers of vino as they balance age-old traditions with modern techniques. Pair this intense ruby red with fall favorites like roasted meats and overflowing cheese and charcuterie platters.
Meiomi Sparkling Wine ($27):
Most people think of Napa and Sonoma valleys when they think of California wines, but the Northern Coast produces some exceptional (and affordable) bottles. This new sparkling wine from Meiomi, fermented in the Champagne method, delivers crisp minerality with hints of pear and green apples.
Brooks Amycas 2017 ($20):
One sip of this Willamette Valley white and you'll be transported to Oregon where the buzzed-about winery, known for its organic, biodynamic farming practices, resides. Brooks' white blend (a combo of Riesling, pinot blanc, muscat, gewürztraminer and pinot gris) has just the right amount of acidity to go well with everything.
The Wonderland Project Two Kings Pinot Noir 2017 ($28):
Former sommelier Matt Ahern knows a thing or two about wine, but when he tired of looking for high-quality options at an affordable price, he decided to make his own in Sonoma, California. Dark cherry, pink peppercorn, and rose petal notes are at the forefront of this vintage (that's aged in French oak for six months).
Mullineux Old Vines White 2017 ($33):
Stemming from the Swartland region of South Africa, this white blend has a backbone of old vine chenin blanc with several Mediterranean varieties added in. Open a bottle after a day of fall-friendly activities like apple and pumpkin picking.
Aviatrix Grenache 2016 ($35):
This Grenache is the result of a mother-daughter collaboration in Napa Valley. With light tannins and ripe berry and stone fruit flavors, this medium-bodied wine will be all too easy to drink, especially given the price tag. (Photo via Aviatrix)
Tank Garage Polpette Della Nonna 2016 ($55):
Sunday night suppers call for well-rounded reds, and Napa-based Tank Garage never disappoints. Polpette Della Nonna is an artful Italian blend of Zinfandel, Sangiovese, and Montepulciano grapes and pairs well with savory meats, homemade pastas, and any grandma-approved red sauce.
Champagne Henriot Brut Blanc de Blancs ($60):
For a season that revolves around being toasty, this delicate French bubbly is what you want to reach for this fall, considering it has a faint aroma of lightly toasted brioche, along with hints of quince jelly and acacia honey.
La Sirena Chardonnay 2016 ($65):
Hailing from old vine chardonnay planted in California's Russian River Valley during the '60s, this Burgundian-style white has a tropical character with light French oak. If you tend to gravitate toward honeysuckle-scented muscat wines, you'll appreciate this bottle.
Pommery Apanage Blanc de Blancs ($67):
Made from the finest Champagne grapes in the northern terrain of France, Pommery's newest cuvée is the type of bubbly you want to pop when you're celebrating — sweater weather in full effect.
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