Just like we switch from t-shirts and shorts to sweaters and jeans, our taste preferences often change with the seasons. While there’s nothing wrong with continuing to enjoy light, fruity wines year round, some people start reaching for reds and heavier wines as the seasons change. Instead of looking for the perfect wine to enjoy at a barbecue or poolside deck, many people start looking for the right wine to enjoy at a family dinner or to enjoy while watching a football game. Here are some good choices for the Fall season:
Traminette is one of my personal favorites for the Fall months. While it is a white wine, it is highly flavorful and feels a bit heavier than some of the other whites. This semi-dry wine is perfect with heartier Fall dishes. Plus, you’ll want to make sure you have a few bottles of Traminette on hand for Thanksgiving–it pairs really well with Turkey and all of those flavorful side dishes on your Thanksgiving table.
Cat Noir is another nice wine to enjoy during the Autumn season. This semi sweet rosé pairs nicely with cheeses and appetizers. And, with that black cat on the label, its perfect to serve at a Halloween party, or just enjoy while watching a scary movie at home. You can also find a great recipe for Pumpkin Spice Crunch Bars that are easy to make pair well with Cat Noir on the recipe page of our website.
Fredonia is another great choice for the Fall season. This semi-sweet red wine is delicious by itself, or can be mulled for a warm treat. Mulling the wine is simple. Just follow the recipe below or visit our recipe page. Mulled Fredonia will make your home smell delicious and will warm you up after a crisp Autumn day.
This delicious mulled wine is perfect for the holidays, or to warm up at the end of a cold day. This recipe will fill your home with a wonderful, spicy aroma.
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 bottle (750ml) Liberty Vineyards Fredonia wine
- 1/2 orange, sliced
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 3 whole cloves
- dash nutmeg
In medium pot, boil water. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Reduce heat and add remaining ingredients. Heat mulled wine for about 1/2 hour, making sure it does not boil. Stir occasionally. Once flavors have combined, strain wine into mugs or wine glasses and enjoy! This recipe can also be made in a slow cooker on a low setting.
Purple Haze is another go-to favorite for harvest season. This sweet, red wine is made from Concord grapes and has an aromareminiscent of that found in Lake Erie Wine Country during harvest season. Plus, this wine pairs well with chicken wings and snack foods and is perfect for watching the game. It even comes in a tailgate-ready 1.5L pouch, which is perfect for tailgating and bonfires, because it has no glass!
For those dry red fans out there, Barrel-Select Cabernet Sauvignon is a good choice for the Autumn season. It is great wit a variety of hearty dishes, like our delicious Harvest Beef Stew. Find the recipe on our recipe page.