The cool chill of Autumn is, undeniably, here. Which means that we're breaking out new wines and long time fall favorites!
Here are the red wines we'll be sipping fall season long...
Gamay / Beaujolais
Have we told you before just how much we love the wines of Beaujolais? Oh, we have? Well, we're going to tell you again... we LOVE Beaujolais! And, we especially love Beaujolais wines in the fall.
With lighter body and milder tannins, the Gamay grape keeps things bright and fresh, making it the perfect transition red from summer into fall. These wines are also fruit-forward and easy-drinking, making Beaujolais a great food-pairing wine for all of fall's flavors.
Last year we were excited to introduce our first Beaujolais wines: Classic Series Lot 158 Beaujolais and Reserve Lot 159 Chénas, Cru Beaujolais. Those two wines are definitely on our hot list again this fall, but we've also added to it our newest addition, another Cru Beaujolais: Lot 176 Juliénas. Beaujolais lovers, rejoice!
Barbera / Piedmont
There are a number of red wines from Italy's Piedmont region that are great for the fall season. But, if we're going to pick just one, we're going with Barbera. Barbera offers vibrant acidity, rich flavor and plenty of texture while maintaining lightness and freshness. These qualities allow this wine to pair deliciously with hearty fall soups and roasted meat dishes, foods we love to break out at this time of year.
If you’re peeking through our fall wine rack you'll certainly find our Lot 27 Barbera d’Alba, but you'll also find it accompanied by other Piedmont favorites, like: Lot 60 Langhe Rosso and Lot 26 Barolo.
Pinot Noir is great year-round, but we find it to be particularly appealing during the fall season. Because of Pinot Noir's unique ability to pair with so many different types of food and its ability to appeal to so many different wine palates, it is one of our go-to reds for the Thanksgiving dinner table. Like Gamay, Pinot Noir is lighter bodied and fruit forward, making it a great partner for many of fall's colorful flavors.
With Pinot Noir being one of our largest wine categories, we have many great selections for the fall season. But if you're looking on our tables now, you're likely to find Lot 75 Russian River Pinot Noir and Lot 160 Bourgogne Rouge. The former, our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, has been a fan favorite and top selling wine vintage after vintage. Being a Russian River Pinot Noir from a top producer for under $20, it’s easy to see why this is one of our most popular reserve wines. For those that prefer old world wines, we recommend Lot 160 Bourgogne Rouge, a new fan favorite. Lot 160 comes from the true home of Pinot Noir, Burgundy, which is arguably the world’s greatest region for producing Pinot Noir wines of the highest quality.
As the fall weather gets cooler and the trees start to look a bit more bare, we look to Zinfandel to warm us up and get ready for the winter ahead. More rich and full-bodied than the other wines on this list, Zinfandel can be a great wine to pair with heartier fall dishes. Its rich fruit flavors and crowd-pleasing nature also make it a great choice for the Thanksgiving table.