If I hadn’t known that Sept. 22nd was the First Day of Fall, I could have felt it in the air. Cooler temperatures and clearer air are two very pertinent signs that summer is over. Yes, it’s still 81 degrees in the Sacramento area by mid-afternoon, but the mornings are dark and cool, the leaves are changing their color, and pumpkins have made their way to the front of grocery stores.
I am starting this season with gratitude for better air quality, cooler temperatures, contained fires, and fun things in the future to look forward to. The holidays might look a little different this year, but I’m already looking forward to wearing my nice outdoor gear, enjoying the delicious food of the season, and discovering new wines.
If you’re looking for wines that pair well with cooler weather and are big & bold to be accompanied by the stuffing, soup, and mashed potatoes you’ll be enjoying – here is a list of my favorite wines that I tend to gravitate towards this time of year.
Domaine Allimant-Laugner Cremant D’ Alsace Rosé – Dry Champagne reminiscent of strawberries & cream. Pair with holiday appetizers like goat cheese bruschetta, stuffed dates, and mixed nuts.
Levert Freres Cremant De Bourgogne Brut – dry, creamy & sparkly, with a sharp tartness reminiscent of expensive Champagne. Average price for this special wine is $17.99, so I suggest buying a few bottles. Excellent on its own.
Trefethen Sauvignon Blanc – crisp, citrusy, and refreshing; this is an all-around people pleaser. Serve chilled.
Aloria Vineyards Albariño – bright and crisp white wine with stone fruit flavors and a hint of spice, serve this chilled to balance out a heavy meal. Or, drink on its own while meal prepping!
Caliza Sympatico – a beautiful red blend from Paso Robles. Rich in flavor, deeply hued, and worthy of a special occasion.
Le Casque Cabernet Franc – a must-serve with Thanksgiving dinner. Fruity, yet dry, this wine has a vegetal character that begs to be accompanied by collard greens, sage stuffing, green bean casserole, and mushroom gravy.
Miraflores Malbec – estate-grown and bursting with berries, this inky-black wine turns the simple act of eating into a dining experience.
Lucid L.07 “Delirium” Cabernet Sauvignon – smooth, affordable, and easy to drink. No judgements if you buy a case.
San Gregorio Single Vineyard Las Martas Garnacha – affordable, well-balanced, and full of flavor; this is the perfect weekday wine.
Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot – this wine is a double-win because I love Merlot and it’s from the Northwest (where I grew up)! I’d suggest stocking up on this one due to its affordability and addicting full-bodied flavor.