The 20 Wines You Need to Drink This Autumn

Like everything else in the summer, wine drinking is easy. And the answer to every question, at the least the wine-related ones, might as well be ros. But now that fall is here, its time to get to more serious drinking. It turns out that cooler climate does indeed translate into bigger wine sales.

People dig deeper and buy more serious[ read: expensive] wines in the autumn and early wintertime , noted Robert Bohr, co-owner of Charlie Bird in New York.

Hes one of seven of the countrys best sommeliers from around the country who told us what we should be drinking this fall. At least one, Chicagos Ryan Arnold, surprised us. One of his wines is Italian ros. Its no longer seasonal, he declared. Ros is for all year long.

Daniel Bjugstad, Sommelier, Pasquale Jones, New York

Daniel Bjugstad of Pasquale Jones, New York.

Photographer: Robyn Lehr

“I love drinking wine in the autumn. You can still enjoy lighter ones, but the denser and earthier wines truly become satisfying with a little snap in the air.”

2012 Domaine Bachelet Cte de Nuits-Villages, France ($ 55). For fall, I immediately think of a specific breed of savory red Burgundy, exemplified by Bachelet. The bracing quality of this wine’s fruit fragrance and the pumpkin-patch-earthiness always seem most fitting for a cool autumn eveningpreferably I am wearing a sweater. They dont attain much wine, so even their ‘humble’ Cte de Nuits-Villages is thoughtfully crafted and pretty accessible . .” For fall, I immediately think of a specific breed of savory red Burgundy, exemplified by Bachelet. The bracing quality of this wine’s fruit perfume and the pumpkin-patch-earthiness always seem most fitting for a cool autumn eveningpreferably I am wearing a sweater. They dont stimulate much wine, so even their ‘humble’ Cte de Nuits-Villages is thoughtfully crafted and pretty accessible. 2012 Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac-Leognan Blanc, France ($ 42 ). Im always impressed by the dogged the purposes of determining summer diners to guzzle Sancerre. I like Sancerre, but it’s September and it’s time to move on. The best route to ween off this habit is to drink Bordeaux blanc, which has smoky, mushroomy notes that balance the ripe sauvignon blanc fruitiness. It happens to go really well with roasted vegetables we have available in late summer and early fall.

Chateau Carbonnieux’s 2012 Pessac-Leognan Blanc.

Source: Le Figaro Vin
Shelley Lindgren of A16, San Francisco.

Photographer: Frankie Frankeny 2010 Cigliuti Serraboella Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy ($ 56 ). When I suppose fall wine, I suppose nebbiolo. Red rose, white pepper, black cherry, and tamarind flavorsthis Barbaresco is complex and great with a range of foods from pastas to proteins. Its also a great way to kick off truffle season. When I think fall wine, I believe nebbiolo. Red rose, white pepper, black cherry, and tamarind flavorsthis Barbaresco is complex and great with a range of foods from pastas to proteins. Its also a great way to kick off truffle season. 2015 Gabbas Manzanile Vermentino, Sardinia, Italy ($ 14). This white has incredible verve, with flavors of lemon verbena, white nectarine, and river rock minerality. Its refreshing, whether youre drinking it in the hot of summertime or chilly fall climate( which is basically like summertime in foggy SF, where I am ), and ideal for salads, antipasti, and merely drinking . .” This white has incredible verve, with flavors of lemon verbena, white nectarine, and river boulder minerality. Its refreshing, whether youre drinking it in the hot of summer or chilly fall weather( which is basically like summertime in foggy SF, where I am ), and ideal for salads, antipasti, and merely drinking. 2014 Poe Winery Pinot Nouveau, Sonoma ($ 24 ). It’s always great to see a trend among California winemakers. Right now, theres a renewed popularity for gamay and Beaujolais. Right in line with the hell is Poe winery, which releases their Pinot Nouveau the third Thursday of November every year. It’s terrific for one-pot dishes like stews and braises, with its wild strawberry and cranberry and medium-body appeal.

2015 Gabbas Manzanile Vermentino and 2014 Poe Pinot Nouvea.

Source( from left ): Wine-Searcher, K& L Wine Merchants

Bobby Stuckey is drinking Italian wines this Fall.

Photographer: Joe Friend 2012 Produttori del Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy ($ 33). Just a couple weeks ago, I could not get enough summery whites and tomatoes. Now its time to shift, and Im trading in for what might be the ultimate fall wine, nebbiolo. This one is super-fine and elegant and a benchmark in those nebbiolo flavors of dried rose petals, licorice, and dried fruits . .” Just a couple weeks ago, I could not get enough summery whites and tomatoes. Now its time to change, and Im trading in for what might be the ultimate autumn wine, nebbiolo. This one is super-fine and elegant and a benchmark in those nebbiolo flavors of dried rose petals, licorice, and dried fruit. 2013 Monier Perreol Saint Joseph, Rhone, France ($ 31). This syrah from the Northern Rhone pulls me in so much during autumn. You insure dishes get earthier and richer, and this is a perfect wine for our first snowy nights in Boulderdark-fruited but by no means heavy . .” This syrah from the Northern Rhone pulls me in so much during autumn. You find dishes get earthier and richer, and this is a perfect wine for our first snowy nights in Boulderdark-fruited but by no means heavy. 2015 Edi Keber Collio Bianco, Friuli, Italy ($ 20 ). The whites that are best in the fall are the ones with more texture and weight. Im going to say that this white from right on the Italian-Slovenian perimeter is the perfect fall white wine. Constructed of a mixture of Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, Malvasia Istriana. It’s super-charged and rich but still very elegant.

Helen Johannesen of Jon& Vinnys, Los Angeles.

Source: Helen Johannesen 2015 Chteau Cambon Beajolais, France ($ 20). Gamay is, for sure, the clich wine for fall, especially once people start harping on about what they are going to be serving at their Thanksgiving table. But for me, even if it’s trite, its true. Gamay is a red wine I drink all year round and double down in the fall when I find a good bottlelike this one, which was born in a forgotten vineyard of old vine gamay, between Brouilly and Morgon, purchased by three winemaking friends. Its fresh, juicy and textured . .” Gamay is, for sure, the clich wine for fall, especially once people start harping on about what they are going to be serving at their Thanksgiving table. But for me, even if it’s trite, its true. Gamay is a red wine I drink all year round and doubled down in the fall when I find a good bottlelike this one, which was born in a forgotten vineyard of old vine gamay, between Brouilly and Morgon, purchased by three winemaking friends. Its fresh, juicy and textured. 2013 Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Clisson, Loire, France ($ 25). Haters are going to say that muscadet is a summertime wine. However, after all of the plump ros consumption, I think that this zippy white is what everyone is secretly craving. Its from a very specific vineyard, Clisson, and it represents dry wine is more electric route . .” Haters are going to say that muscadet is a summer wine. However, after all of the plump ros intake, I think that this zippy white is what everyone is secretly craving. Its from a very concrete vineyard, Clisson, and it personifies dry wine is more electric style. 2014 Broc Cellars Carbonic Carignan, Alexander Valley, California ($ 29 ). “Carbonic” is when grapes are fermented all there is inside their scalp, bringing all the small, little, juicy worlds to life. It captures a certain energy that stimulates this red especially perfect for fall. Its juicy, bright, but still a little taut with energyand super food-friendly. And in spite of what I just said about gamay: This Carignan is going to be nipping at the heels of gamay all autumn.

Laura Maniec of Corkbuzz, NYC.

Source: Laura Maniec NV Robert Barbichon Blanc de Noirs Brut, Champagne, France ($ 44). You might not have heard of this Champagne, but its amazingly tasty with notes of crushed rock, bruised pear, ginger, and smoking. Its crisp, refreshing, but densely textured and super-complex. Im eternally on a Champagne campaign, and this wine is great with most of the dishes that you want to eat in autumn . .” You might not have heard of this Champagne, but its amazingly tasty with notes of crushed rock, bruised pear, ginger, and smoke. Its crisp, refreshing, but densely textured and super-complex. Im eternally on a Champagne campaign, and this wine is great with most of the dishes that you want to eat in autumn. 2013 Domaine Bersan Chablis, France ($ 22). Chablis is one of my favorite regions in the world for white wine. This white is made from vines that are an average of 35 -years-old and the flavors are pretty rich and flavorful. You get notes of apples, pears, Parmesan, and mushrooms. Have it with a good mushroom dish and definitely with cheese . .” Chablis is one of my favorite regions in the world for white wine. This white is made from vines that are an average of 35 -years-old and the flavors are pretty rich and flavorful. You get notes of apples, pears, Parmesan, and mushrooms. Have it with a good mushroom dish and definitely with cheese. 2010 Nervi Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy ($ 29 ). From the oldest recognized winery in Gattinara in Piedmont, this red gives you flavors of tart red and black fruitraspberry, strawberry, cherrywith dried violet and truffle. Its a classic nebbiolo, and its great with all kinds of meaty dishes and stews. Fun Fact: While traveling in Piedmont, President Thomas Jefferson had two barrels of wine from Gattinara loaded onto an American warship and sent to the White House.

Robert Bohr of Charlie Bird, New York.

Photographer: Robyn Lehr 2011 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy ($ 72). When the weather gets cooler, and I feed more hearty pasta ragus and braised meats, the wines I drink get a little richer, too. Brunello from Il Poggione always delivers. Its an elegant, classically styled Tuscan red with bright red fruit, sexy, earthy odor, and firm but smooth tannins. Its a sure bet and also good value in a touristy region of Italy, where its easy to construct some wine mistakes . .” When the climate gets cooler, and I feed more hearty pasta ragus and braised meats, the wines I drink get a little richer, too. Brunello from Il Poggione always delivers. Its an elegant, classically styled Tuscan red with bright red fruit, sexy, earthy fragrance, and firm but smooth tannins. Its a sure bet and also good value in a touristy region of Italy, where its easy to attain some wine mistakes. 2013 Comtes Lafon Meursault 1er Cru Les Porusots, Burgundy, France ($ 145). In September and early October, Im thinking about white Burgundy, especially the more intense versions from exceptional producers like Lafon( I think about Domaine Roulot, too ). This wine is plush while not being too chubby; theres generous fruit with vibrant acidity and that je ne sais quoi terroir thing that stimulates wine from Burgundy so special. These wines are deliciously useful when youre moving your seafood from the backyard grill to the kitchen stove. So keep Meursault in mind when youve get lobster in butter or roasted turbot or are just watching a game of football get interesting . .” In September and early October, Im thinking about white Burgundy, especially the more intense versions from exceptional producers like Lafon( I think about Domaine Roulot, too ). This wine is plush while not being too chubby; theres generous fruit with vibrant acidity and that je ne sais quoi terroir thing that builds wine from Burgundy so special. These wines are deliciously useful when youre moving your seafood from the backyard grill to the kitchen stove. So keep Meursault in intellect when youve got lobster in butter or roasted turbot or are just watching a game of football get interesting. 2012 Vietti Nebbiolo Perbacco, Piedmont, Italy ($ 26 ). After drinking light reds all summertime, Im putting this wine in heavy rotation, both for myself and on the by-the-glass list at Charlie Bird. It’s a light-colored but medium-bodied, complex red for dishes like roasted pork shoulder, spiced duck breast, or porcini mushroom pasta. Perbacco, even in its youth, behaves like a smooth, matured Barolo: you get the snappy fruit, spice, and menthol with the grippy tannins you want and require from a nebbiolobut all polished and drinkable and( oh, yeah) also affordable.

Ryan Arnold tells don’t stop drinking ros in the autumn.

Photographer: Anjali Pinto 2015 Cerasuolo Tiberio Abruzzo, Italy ($ 16). Of course, ros is always a huge seller for us in the summer and a lot of them are made to drink on a hot day, but its no longer a seasonal wine: Its relevant all year long. Some ross are serious wines. They have a higher alcohol content, and they’re richer and well-structured and can handle fall flavors extremely well. Plus, when you get a well-made bottle with a little bit of age, it gets more complex. You don’t only wishes to drink it and savour the strawberries . .” Of course, ros is always a huge dealer for us in the summer and a lot of them are made to drink on a hot day, but its no longer a seasonal wine: Its relevant all year long. Some ross are serious wines. They have a higher alcohol content, and they’re richer and well-structured and can manage autumn flavors extremely well. Plus, when you get a well-made bottle with a little bit of age, it gets more complex. You don’t simply want to drink it and savour the strawberries. 2014 Enfield Heron Lake Chardonnay, California ($ 30). My summertime was filled with Chablis. But as it gets cooler, I like Chardonnay because its got great acidity and focus and a bit more meat on its bones. Plus, everyone is looking for smaller, cooler producers . .” My summer was filled with Chablis. But as it gets cooler, I like Chardonnay because its got great acidity and focus and a little more meat on its bones. Plus, everyone is looking for smaller, cooler producers. 2013 Rezzadore Tai Monte Oseliera Veneto, Italy ($ 17 ). This Italian red is pretty lighting and not too high in alcohol, but it is spiced and earthy, while also being bright-flavored. It pairs well with Middle east flavors, autumn veggies, fish, and lighter meat.

2014 Enfield Heron Lake Chardonnay and 2015 Cerasuolo Tiberio Abruzzo.

Source( from left ): Enfield Wine, Vini Tiberio

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