Fall wines for seasonal sipping

October 10, 2012 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Thirsty Girl founder and wine expert Leslie Sbrocco and Food and Wine magazine’s wine editor Ray Isle share their picks for the perfect wines to sip this fall season.

Category: Celebration sips

Ray’s pick:
Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut, Sonoma, Calif., $20
California sparkling wines like this elegant, citrusy one from longtime Sonoma producer Gloria Ferrer offer the same pleasures as French Champagne, for a fraction of the price.

Leslie’s pick:
Ruffino Prosecco, Italy $15
A crisp sparkling wine packed with juicy fruitiness, this pairs alongside brunch dishes as easily as spicy fare. With a hint of sweetness, is a crowd-pleasing sparkler, too.   

Category: Chardonnay

Ray’s pick:
J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco, Calif., $14
California Central Coast producer J. Lohr makes this lush, full-bodied Chardonnay with grapes from Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco region; it’s terrific with rich soups and stews for fall.

Leslie’s pick:
Alamos Chardonnay, Mendoza, Argentina $13
With a kiss of spicy oak notes and ripe flavors, this southern hemisphere wine grown high in the Andes Mountains maintains a beautiful balance of fruit and freshness. 

Category: On-the-go sips

Ray’s pick:
Clif Family Climber Red,  California $17 (for 1.5 liter pouch)
If you’re tailgating, you need a wine container that won’t smash to bits if you drop it in a stadium parking lot by accident. Clif Family (of Clif Bar fame) packages this juicy Cabernet in an environmentally friendly, 1.5 liter pouch made from BPA-free plastic.

Leslie’s pick
2011 Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, South Africa $10 
A perennial favorite for its zesty citrus aromas wrapped with a lightly lush texture, this Chenin Blanc is a star on the South African wine scene. Sip alongside turkey burgers topped with grilled pineapple or fruit salsa. 

Category: Zinfandels

Ray’s pick:
2008 Cameron Hughes “Zin Your Face” Zinfandel, Calif. $15
Despite the amusing name, this is seriously tasty wine — full of ripe berry fruit and spice notes.

Leslie’s pick:
2010 Tormaresca “Torcicoda” Primitivo, Salento, Italy $22
Primitivo is the same grape variety as Zinfandel but shines with elegance in southern Italy’s Puglia region. Situated in the heel of the boot-shaped country, the warm climate lends itself to big reds that pack a peppery punch. 

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