Autumn wine. With the fall season quickly approaching, it’s time to put away the Rosé and grab the reds and whites.
Full-bodied whites and light-to-medium reds are the perfect complement to cooler weather and fall harvest foods. Think Viognier, Oaked Chardonnay, Soft Red Blends, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Pinot Noir.
Fall is all about the crisp air, changing leaves, and the anticipation of the upcoming holidays. To celebrate the season, I recommend pouring a glass of the Concrete Blanc Viognier from Peachy Canyon. It’s smooth, bright, and lush with a subtle oak and silky texture. The Viognier pairs great with spicy cuisine, such as flavorful Asian food. It also seamlessly accompanies shellfish and pork.
For a fall-friendly red, I recommend the Reserve Pinot Noir from Sarah’s Vineyard. It’s silky, smooth, and balanced. Enjoy your autumn wine!
And for the California wine lovers, September is National California Wine Month. To celebrate the start of fall harvest, there are special tastings, festivals, concerts, wine and food offerings and more throughout the state.
September California Events:
September 1-30: Gary Farrell Winery Exploration Tour and Tasting: A tasting of five highly allocated single vineyard wines paired with a selection of artisan cheese and nuts.
September 1-29: Franciscan Estate Friday Reserve Lunches: A three-course lunch prepared by the estate’s chef and wine educators. Paired with fresh, seasonal wine selections.
September 14-17: The Lodi Grape Festival: The 80th annual festival features live music, activities for families and kids, and wine tasting.
September 16: AVV Harvest Party at the Wetzel Estate: An all-day party with grape picking and stomping and bocce ball.
September 23, 2017: The Livermore Valley Wine Auction: The annual auction at the Event Center at Wente Vineyards: Tasting of local wines, exclusive silent auction lots, a dinner, and a live auction. Proceeds will benefit underserved children in the East Bay. Tickets are $275.