Today marks the official start of fall, and while we were #blessed enough to have one final wear of our summer uniform (cut-offs and birks) last weekend, the gourds are in the markets and autumn is here to stay. As we embrace the layers of wool, leather and cashmere, here #OnTheFourthFloor we also welcome fall sommelier-style. Gone are the long summer nights of Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay. Instead we’re toasting to this season’s boldest bottles – wines that are richer, more full-bodied and harvest-appropriate. Here are five fall-friendly wines that we’ll be warming up to. Cheers.
Aveleda Vinho Verde
Don’t feel pressured to rush into reds too quickly. This light and crisp favourite transitions perfectly into fall with its pear and apple undertones. The Aveleda Vinho Verde, “green wine” is meant to be drunk young and pairs best with light fare. Most recently seen at the Festival Music House TIFF concert series, this Portuguese vinho was a crowd favourite for film industry insiders. We’re thinking of pushing the patio days to the limit with this one or clink-clinking with Miss. Aveleda as an early-eve apertif.
Kim Crawford Pinot Noir
When we want to feel like classy ladies, we treat ourselves to a bottle of vintage Kim Crawford. We especially love the Pinot Noir during chillier temperatures. This smooth and and well-balanced bottle is an ideal treat for dinner parties, as it pairs beautifully with salmon and roasted chicken. Mind your manners around Kimmy, she is New Zealand royalty and loves to gossip – don’t overindulge.
Can you tell we love our vintages? You can’t go wrong with a bold Malbec (as we always say), especially this perfectly-balanced Kaiken. Tall, dark, delicious and a strong one to boot (14.5% y’all), this Argentinian red matches well with slow cooked-beef and meatier dishes. This is a grown-up’s bottle o’ wine that needs some time to breathe. Sip slowly and relax.
Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling
Yes, you’re probably thinking that Riesling = hot summer day sippery, but this vintage is still suitable for fall fêtes. We are approaching prime time for wine and in honour of this the LCBO is having a month long promotion all in the name of Ontario vino. Taste Local is all about celebrating the bounty of Ontario wine country. Sample our province’s tastiest flavours at hot spots like last week’s Taste Local Pie Pop-up Event (where the Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling was impeccably paired with a pear and cranberry pie courtesy of Wanda’s Pie in the Sky).
Sandbanks Dunes VQA
Let’s keep in going with the local love. This fruit-forward pick from Sandbanks Winery has delicious notes of raspberry, plum and chocolate (um yum). After a few glasses of this full-bodied Prince Edward County VQA, you’ll be planning your next weekend getaway to Ontario’s newest wine destination. PEC is the place to be friends, you heard it here first (well, not really).
Chin chin, darlings.