The weather is getting cooler, making it the perfect time to enjoy the season with affordable, unique wines.
Autumn is the perfect time to switch up your routine and try new fall wines. The warm days of summer are dwindling; cooler fall weather is approaching. With autumn comes more relaxed days, cozy fireside gatherings, holidays, and warm comfort food. This Fall, we’re putting the light wines on pause in favor of rich, warm blends that will make Fall feel like Fall.
One may ask, What Makes a Good Fall Wine? While prevalent autumn wines include spicy aromatics, there’s more to consider than seasonal profiles. Red wines are top-rated in the Fall, as are bold white wines. The trick is to find a wine pairing that complements the food you’re serving. Regarding the fall season, comfort food and holiday dishes are big staples—Thanksgiving and holiday dinners. Cooler weather is finally here! Check out these fall wine recommendations that wrap you up in your favorite flannel.
Rioja is an excellent choice for the cooler weather.
Nothing says fall like an oak-aged red. Hailing from Spain, Rioja wine is a labor of love, and it shows. Rioja grapes are only grown in specific regions of Spain and take years of aging in oak barrels. Its flavor profile has just the right amount of richness, making it an excellent, versatile option for food. A bottle of Rioja is a great choice for hearty meals like casseroles and meat-based dishes.
Our Pick: Pagos de Tahola Oak Aged Rioja $17.00 Think Ripe plum, Raspberry, Oak, and clove on the palate and nose.
Grenache is also called Garnacha and is an authentic classic fall wine! This lovely wine features notes of spices, herbs, and red fruit. Enjoy it with a bold, hearty stew. One can also enjoy this grenache at your next family get-together.
Our Pick: El Bombero Garnacha $16.00. Enjoy Sun-ripe black fruit, red berry, Spice, and Black currant on the finish.
The old, reliable Chardonnay is a brilliant selection for the Fall. It pairs brilliantly great with light meat and poultry. It’s perfect for your Fall and holiday events. For this cooler season, choose a Chardonnay that comes from a warm region, like Maule Valley in Chile or Sonoma, California.
Our Pick: Casas Del Maipo Chardonnay $18.00 This wine is fruity and bright with balanced minerality you will surely enjoy.
Yet another excellent selection would be Merlot to sip by the glass or a bottle for the table. Merlot is versatile and a go-to because of its balanced versatility and medium tannins. It pairs beautifully with bold, rich dishes, perfect for a holiday meal or sipping by your fireplace.
Our Pick: Between the Vines Merlot $18.00 Big Red fruit and plum explode on the palate and the nose with smooth Tannins on the finish.
Can you spell Gewürztraminer? Another white wine for fall activities is Gewürztraminer. Its ginger, citrus, and rose notes make it an excellent pairing with spiced meals, creamy cheeses, and roasted veggies. Please pick up a bottle and savor its warm, bright layers of flavors.
Our pick: Highway 253Gewürztraminer $22.00 You can’t go wrong with its notes of Exotic lychee, Asian spices, and Peach to brighten up any occasion.
Fall is a beautiful time of year, and these unique, affordable wines will pair perfectly with any get-together or just enjoying them quietly with a loved one.
Elaine and Scott Harris
Vino Las Vegas Wine Club
2620 Regatta Drive, Suite 119
Las Vegas, NV 89128