Celebrate Fall with Fall Seasonal Wines
Seasons are appreciated more when they’re celebrated with the right seasonal wines. The pumpkins are out, leaves are falling, and the weather is getting colder. There’s no better way to enjoy the crisp seasonal air than the warmth of a fire pit surrounded with good friends and good wine.
Fall Wines You’ll Fall For
Here are some of my favorite Fall Wines to enhance any event and warm your heart:
Hedges Red Mountain Syrah Sit back and relax with family, friends and this special cuvee of Syrah from Washington state. Dark purple, almost black color. Dried fig and blueberry compote. Chocolate cherry, black licorice and cinnamon spice. Just a hint of smoke, leather and cocoa make for an interesting nose that you could smell for hours. The palate is rich and lush with flavors of earthy cocoa, blueberry pie and a pinch of cinnamon. The finish is long and very well structured. This wine always reminds me of a Cote Rotie, very special indeed!
Villa Broglia is the flagship of this fantastic producer, Gavi di Gavi, a white wine that rivals with the world’s best; it’s fragrant and delicate at once and gets much bolder with aeration, a sensational palate where stone fruit flavors mingle with herbal and earthy nuances. A gem!
The Perfect wines for Thanksgiving & Holidays
Thanksgiving 2020 and the holidays 2020 are here, with fewer family reunions and smaller parties albeit. But no matter the size of the gathering, you’ll enjoy Thanksgiving and the holidays more with the right seasonal wines.
Few can master perfectly cooked turkey but you can always enhance it with the perfect wine.
Don’t let the gravy do all the work
Whether you’re a gourmet chef or kitchen novice, serving the right wine with your meal will add character to any Holiday turkey recipe and enhance your dining experience.
Juicy wines to enhance Thanksgiving turkey
Here are some wines that will pair great with your poultry dish:
Introducing a small producer of Barolo, the king of Piedmont, Ellena Giuseppe; his 2016 Barolo is broad and generous, yet lacy and full of verve; decant for one hour and enjoy with a truffle flavored risotto or a roasted breast of duck.
Few wines match the intensity of flavors of a Californian Chardonnay; for sipping with appetizers as well as for the big bird, the choice is Fess Parker from Santa Barbara; offering aromas of apple flesh, ripe pear, brioche and yellow grapefruit on the nose. The palate is crisp yet broad with tropical fruit flavors and a hint of oak on the finish.
One of my all-time favorites in a Thanksgiving lineup is a dry rose; the Eugene Carrel Savoie rose has shed some of its minerality since the summer; the fruit is gorgeous and inviting, and can take on those sweetish side dishes with ease; it’s fresh, fleshy and pleases everyone.
For a savory turkey, the silky texture and rich flavors of the Salcheto Vino nobile would be a great match; “A rich, round red, sporting cherry, plum, earth and mineral flavors, backed by a vibrant structure. The tannins are assertive, yet folded into the overall body and texture”-Wine Spectator – 92 pts.
A bit of a surprise, from 800 year old estate Altes Schlossen with sales dating back to 1211. This slightly sweet Riesling from Germany goes perfectly with the big bird and rather well with darker poultry like duck.
And of course any turkey meal wouldn’t be complete without a classic red Zinfandel; the Renwood Old vine from Amador has depth and a smooth palate, and enough lift to take on all the trimmings and the rich gravy on top.