With fall now in full-swing, you may start reaching not only for a sweater in the evening, but for a different wine as well.
Our drinking preferences tend to change with the seasons. Margaritas at an outdoor happy hour and cans of beer on the beach turn to bourbon cocktails and cans of beer at tailgates this time of year. It’s not a mandatory shift by any means, but just as foods go in and out of season, so do drinks to a certain extent.
In case you haven’t heard of them before, there’s a company called Laithwaite’s Wine that is the perfect source for the best in fall wine selections. As the world’s No. 1 home delivery wine specialist, Laithwaite’s offers “The Four Seasons Wine Club”— a FREE no-obligation wine membership that conveniently ships you 12 expertly selected wines to your doorstep every 3 months. Membership is totally flexible, there are never any obligations, every delivery ships for FREE, and there always a 100% money-back guarantee.
So, if you’ve been looking for a few bottles to restock your cellar with this fall season, this is a great place to start. With tens of thousands of wines to choose from, you are sure to fine that perfect one to accompany the changing temperatures and colors of nature.
To help get you started, we found some recommendations from leading wine experts who give us their top suggestions are for this fall season.
Recommended by Joe Czerwinski, Managing Editor at Wine Enthusiast: “As temperatures cool, my cravings pivot from crisp refreshment to reassuring warmth and richness. But that doesn’t necessarily mean tannic red wine. Toast the change of seasons with Paul Jaboulet Aîné’s 2014 Condrieu from its Domaine des Grands Amandiers. This lush, concentrated Viognier combines cool-weather weight with summertime echoes of apricots and honey.”
Recommended by Sarah Tracey, The Lush Life: “Apple, pear, honey, butter and vanilla: No, I’m not talking about your favorite autumn pastry… these are all aromas that come spilling out of each glass of this beautifully crafted rich and full Trebbiano white wine. The flavors of this wine are as intense as Southern Italian sunshine. Aging for a full 22 months in new French oak barriques creates a hearty and autumnal white that you can absolutely drink after Labor Day. Delicioso!”
Recommended by Daniel Bjugstad, Sommelier at Pasquale Jones, New York: “For fall, I immediately think of a specific breed of savory red Burgundy, exemplified by Bachelet. The bracing quality of this wine’s fruit aromas and the pumpkin-patch-earthiness always seem most fitting for a cool autumn evening—preferably I am wearing a sweater. They don’t make much wine, so even their ‘humble’ Côte de Nuits-Villages is thoughtfully crafted and pretty accessible.”
Recommended by Anne Krebiehl, Contributing Editor at Wine Enthusiast: “The beauty of changing seasons is the transition itself, of golden days with the distinct bite of fall. The Umathum 2015 Rosa Rosé a rather full-bodied rosé, is a perfect embodiment of that change. Its fulsome fruit is reminiscent of summer, but it’s robust enough to deal with slightly heartier, more autumnal fare.”
Recommended by Shelley Lindgren, Owner, A16, San Francisco: “When I think fall wine, I think nebbiolo. Red rose, white pepper, black cherry, and tamarind flavors—this Barbaresco is complex and great with a range of foods from pastas to proteins. It’s also a great way to kick off truffle season.”
Recommended by Sarah Tracey, The Lush Life: “The name of this blend, “Ottobre Rosso,” translates literally as “Red October,” evoking the flavors of the season even before taking your first sip. This is a warm and welcoming red wine, filled with sour cherry flavors, baking spice aromas like nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves, and a deep earthy edge. Although this is a medium-bodied wine, it has a great intensity of flavor and aroma, so it’s satisfying but never cloying or over-extracted. It’s endlessly drinkable and sure to keep you warm even on a chilly afternoon.”
Recommended by Sean Sullivan, Contributing Editor at Wine Enthusiast : “Just because the temperatures are starting to cool doesn’t mean I’ve put the grill away. The B. Leighton 2013 Gratitude Yakima Valley, a delicious Rhône-style red, is the perfect grilling companion. Principally Mourvèdre, it boasts achingly pure aromas and flavors of red currant, cranberry, black pepper, blue fruit and orange peel. Pair it with grilled portabella mushrooms.”
Recommended by Laura Maniec, Owner, Corkbuzz, New York: “You might not have heard of this Champagne, but it’s amazingly tasty with notes of crushed rock, bruised pear, ginger, and smoke. It’s crisp, refreshing, but densely textured and super-complex. I’m forever on a Champagne campaign, and this wine is great with most of the dishes that you want to eat in fall.”