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Fall Wine Selections - What to pick up now

September 08, 2016

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Now that Labor Day has come and gone, it’s time to take a look at our wine racks and cellars, and do a little tidying and ordering in preparation for fall. This is the lovely time of year when we can transition between our summer go-to, light and refreshing wines and our winter cozy wines in anticipation of seeing friends and family. While autumn in south Florida may not bring nippy breezes or frost on the pumpkins, it’s still perfectly wonderful to enjoy traditional fall fare like roasted chicken or turkey, juicy pork tenderloin, spicy stews or hearty country terrines. Here are a few suggestions for bottles you may enjoy pairing with fall meals between now and Thanksgiving, and beyond. Syrah – also called Shiraz. This is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a bigger wine that stands up to beef dishes. The Syrah grape grows around the world, with varieties grown in warmer southern climates producing a more full-bodied wine. If you prefer a medium-bodied wine, seek vintages from places like Washington state and northern France. There are excellent versions of varietals and blends available. Two highly rated Syrah wines with Wine Spectator scores of 93 and 91 respectively are Austin Hope Syrah, 2010 and Flichman Syrah Barrancas, 2012. The Austin Hope Syrah from California is complex and concentrated with layers of blackberry, boysenberry and black licorice. The Barrancas from Argentina is full-bodied with spicy aromas of ripe black fruit. Roussanne – a white from the Rhone Valley originally. This russet-colored grape yields a straw-colored wine that is not too sweet but offers more body than our summer Pinot Grigio. Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rhone blends are often made using Roussanne. It may not be easy to find a true Roussanne, with undertones of butterscotch, honey and citrus, but the Rhone and Rhone-style blends using Marsanne or Viognier grapes are also good and more accessible. Watch for California varietals. Chateau de Nages Buti Nages Nimes Blanc, 2014, scored 91 by Wine Spectator, is medium-bodied Rhone blend with peach, citrus, and ginger notes. Beaujolais – not the immature Nuveau! Made with the Gamay grape, this red, fruity wine with notes of berry and just enough body is the perfect complement to Cornish game hen and other roasted fowl or fish. Chateau des Deduits Fleurie 2011, for example, is a medium-bodied wine that received a score of 90 from Wine Advocate. It rated high for its ripe and juicy berry notes seasoned with cardamom. Chateau de la Perriere Brouilly is another popular choice, described as elegant, well balanced and clean. Mature, delicious Beaujolais wines are relatively easy to acquire in a range of prices. Keep a case handy for unexpected company or wine and cheese parties by the pool! May your house be too small to hold all of your fiends! Cheers!


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