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Fall Wine - What To Pour During The Harvest Season

Fall is in full force and even though we may see a warm day here and there the crisp air lets us now a new season has arrived, it can be bittersweet. We are able to reflect what we accomplished during the summer months, what fabulous dinners we were able to serve to our guest and of course reminisce about the delightful, refreshing wine were lucky enough to consume. After all, what is a wonderful dinner experience if not for excellent food, service and wine!

We know that there was certainly no shortage of rosé this summer, many restaurant owners felt free to expand their pink wine repertoire and enjoy the delicate palate profile rosé has to offer. In years past this may certainly have been seen as a big no no, as many consumers may not have turned to rosé as being a number one pick. Bieler Père et Fils Sabine Rosé from Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence, Mulderbosch Vineyards Rosé from Stellenbosch, and Prieuré de Montezargues Rosé just a few to make there way onto numerous wines list this summer.

But, as the days start to gradually grow shorter and the nights cooler, we see our customers slowly become attached to classic red wines. Wines that create a beautiful bouquet of the fall arms such as earthy notes, plums and rich cherries. Wines that pair perfectly with the seasons produce, harvest items such as rich butternut squash soups, savory mushroom ragùs, hearty stew, roasted root vegetable, breads and of course our favorite apple desserts.

So, what should be on our wine list to help pair with these menu items? What prover and vintages must be on your list? Your about to find out!

Syrahs for Sweater Weather

On chilly autumn nights, guests tend to crave a rich, robust red wine with spicy, earthy qualities…bring on the Syrah! The red wines of the Northern Rhône Valley certainly fit the bill here, embodying the full-bodied, warming spicy character that takes the chill off.

Fall Wines from the Rhône Valley

Grenache-Syrah blends from the Southern Rhône Valley,with their irresistible lushness and jammy quality, are ideal for taking the chill off of autumn evenings. Wines that catch your guests fancy at this time of year come from the appellations of Châteauneuf du Pape, Vacqueyras and Gigondas, and reputable producers.

Rhône Rangers

Don’t forget the Rhône Rangers when making your fall wine selections! Producers in California’s Central Coast have been key advocates of Rhône grape varietals outside of the Rhône Valley. “Rhône Rangers” is not just a cute moniker, this is an actual non-profit organization that promotes Rhône style wines in the Golden State.

Italian Wines for Fall

Each fall, we tend to guests minds drifts toward Italian wines, especially those of Northern Italy. Many of Piedmont’s wines, whether from Nebbiolo, Barbera or Dolcetto grapes, tend to possess an appealing layer of earthiness, reminiscent of a berry patch or the forest floor. Italian wines are a match made in heaven and it’s no wonder that they have such an appeal during the autumn season, when we start to crave heartier fare and more robust wines.

Cabernets for Coat Season

As temperatures continue to drop and we start donning our jackets more frequently, rich, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignons have a definite appeal. The Cabernet Sauvignon grape has a far-reaching reputation and is widely planted throughout the world’s wine regions from Bordeaux to Australia. Well-loved by grape growers, for its resistance to disease, and wine lovers, for its satisfying richness and tannic structure,

Remember, you know your guest and their preferences. You also know your food better than anyone else. Make sure that your wine list enhances all aspects of your menu, don’t be afford to take a risk and try something new. Guests love when you change things up and they will certainly take notice and appreciate it!

2016-10-15 00:00:00
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