8 Fall-Friendly Wines to Welcome the Season

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Falling for Flavor
A nighttime chill in the air and the abundance of farm-fresh ingredients makes autumn an interesting time for wine pairings as root vegetables, grilled meats, and savory salads are thrust back onto menus. From chalky, full-bodied whites in Spain, France, and Napa Valley, to deeply layered reds from Australia, Argentina, Italy, and France, here are fall-friendly selections.
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2016 Vivanco White Wine, Rioja, Spain
Grassy, green apple notes mingle with salinity and hints of floral on this white Tempranillo, which features three grapes—50% Viura, 35% Tempranillo Blanco, and 15% Maturana Blanco. This blend was actually the world’s first; Tempranillo Blanco and Maturana Blanca are unique to Rioja
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Ferraton Père & Fils Samorens
2016 Ferraton Père & Fils Samorens Vin Blanc, Côtes-du-Rhône, France
Aromas of white blossom and rose petals—along with peach notes—contribute to this wine’s fresh profile (60% White Grenache and 40% Clairette). Its citrus backbone adds weight, making it ideal for food pairings. Crisp and clean, you can drink this with just about anything.
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Robert Mondavi
2015 Robert Mondavi Winery Fumé Blanc, Napa Valley, California
A grassy, dry profile with creamy lemon and guava notes, the Sauvignon Blanc (96%), plus 4% Semillon from the winery’s To Kalon vineyard, introduces astringency and salinity. This wine would pair well with raw bar items.
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19 Crimes
2015 19 Crimes Red Blend, South Eastern Australia
Cedar and spice on the nose carries through to the finish. Concentrated, brambly raspberry notes—and ripe red fruit throughout, with a tinge of vanilla—this one will pair well with grilled meats or chocolate desserts.
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Domaine La Tour Boisée
2015 Domaine La Tour Boisée “Chateau Tour Boisée” “Marielle et Frederique” Vendanges Minervois, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
This blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 20% Mourvèdre results in a jammy profile that explodes with raspberries and blackberries, followed by refined tannins. While the finish is dry, the wine is sweeter on the front end.
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2014 Graffigna “Centenario” Reserve Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
From Argentina’s second-oldest winery comes this estate Malbec, with cedar aromas easing into a full-bodied palate of concentrated dark fruit. Perfect for spicy foods or root vegetables, which complement the wine's earthiness, this is a value-oriented Malbec of superior quality
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Perticaia Montefalco
2013 Perticaia Montefalco Rosso D.O.C., Italy
Leathery and oaky with a spicy backbone, this Montefalco (70% Sangiovese, 15% Sangrantino, and 15% Colorino) offers a dry profile and elegant tannins, with notes of cassis and black plums. Charcuterie plates and pasta dishes are a fine match.
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MacRostie Winery & Vineyards
2014 MacRostie Winery & Vineyards Pinot Noir, Wildcat Mountain, Sonoma Coast, California
Aromas of leather and smoke lead into a textured, almost velvety, profile. Concentrated dark fruit—with notes of currants, plums, and black cherries—intensify with spice near the finish. More of a savory style of Pinot Noir, and lighter in body, this would drink well with autumn’s vegetables.

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