Wine enthusiasts are always looking for an excuse to replenish their wine racks. And what better time to do it than the changing of the season? As the days become shorter and the nights draw in, your heating bills will go through the roof, and that brisk evening walk around the lake with the dog will surely be followed by a glass of soul-warming wine. While it’s impossible for us to prevent any of those tedious early morning treks in the dark to try and de-ice your car, we can help you make those dull rainy evenings more pleasurable.
Fall is a magical time of the year. There are the rusty colors and a hundred hues of brown and reds, the heart-warming stews, the greatly anticipated countdown to Christmas, and not to forget the wine. Of course everyone has their wine preference, however, research shows that this is the time of year that people begin consuming more red; and as we inch closer to winter, these reds become fruitier and warmer. It’s no secret that chilled white wines are refreshing while reds are warming, and these are the two secrets when choosing a good wine for the fall months.
Most households start serving heartier dishes at this time of the year. Stews and casseroles are common features, which is why the best wines of the season are those that are better paired with such dishes. The French and Italians win when it comes to matching their food to wine, but you can do the same. Here are just a few of the best red wines that will complement your hearty stews and warm you as the chill begins to set in.
Le Sanglier Sauvage, 2014
The mighty sanglier, otherwise commonly known as wild boar, populate the overgrown wild oak forests of the Languedoc region. Not only are these magnificent beasts iconic to the region, they are also a favorite delicacy, making them a prized commodity amongst the local farmers. Despite the heavy hunting, nothing can stop these ravished animals from grazing on the region’s grapes. In most events, animals and pests are a huge threat to grape growers, but in a strange twist, their eating of Languedoc’s grapes reduces the yield and at the same time concentrates the quality, which is why the wild pig deserves our special homage.
Ess & See Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010
Cabernet Sauvignon will always be a winner in the cooler months, and this chunky fruit laden Australian red is no exception. There is a distinct intense infusion of overripe fruits, woody oak, and juicy tannins that excite the palate. After some time laying low in the cellars, this award-winning Cabernet has recently been released much to the delight of the Cabernet lovers around the world. It’s waiting to be opened and be embraced. Pair it perfectly with a classic beef roast with all the trimmings and feel the warm evaporate through your body.
Star & Vine Lodi Shiraz, 2013
This ambitious wine from one of the world’s most famous Zinfandel capitals, Lodi, is a delicious and succulent Shiraz, giving the region’s Zinfandel a run for its money. Juicy and fresher tasting than most other Shiraz varieties, this is the perfect addition to a cozy night in front of the fireplace with your loved one.
This stunning new blend of vintages from the esteemed Emiliana estate in Chile is causing a stir throughout the wine circles. Perfectly blended with its finest pedigree wines, this smooth concentrated red with 38% Syrah, 30% Carmenere, 20% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec, and 1% Mourvedre, is a perfect showcase wine that harnesses each grape variety’s individual character. Drink alone or pair it with your hearty beef casserole, it is no wonder that this wine leaves a lasting impression.
Que Syrah Syrah, 2013
This rich fruity wine from the Golden State will leave you singing its namesake. With subtle touches of cinnamon and cocoa, this elegant warming Californian wine will hook you from the first sip. This is one red that is perfect alone, or if you’re cooking your favorite spicy stew, it would be one of the number one wine matches.
De Martino Ladera Reserva, 2012
Ladera translates to slope, and the wine’s name is no accident having taken its title from its south facing angled position on its vineyard. This soulful wine is a blend of three popular varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Syrah. The result is somewhat special. With a careful balance of pure fruity flavors, this is a wine that has helped the Ladera vineyard shoot to fame. The purposeful additions of French oak and blackberries are just right and have been judged to perfection without overshadowing the pure sweet tastes of the dark berry fruits that linger in the mouth.
Stock up on some of the best red wines under $20 here.