The temperatures are dropping, we’re stoking the fireplaces and putting on those fuzzy socks – it’s time for a glass of wine! Lately here at GiftTree, we’ve been thinking about the types of red and white wines that have that perfectly autumnal feel. With that in mind, here are our top 10 fall wines!
10 Wines We’re Loving This Fall
Giving off sweet and light aromas of citrus blossom and grapefruit, this creamy and lush wine offers lovely apple and pear flavors, while showing crispness on the palette. This white wine is medium-bodied and balanced. So it is perfect as an aperitif, or served with salmon, main-course salads, or Thai and Asian influenced dishes.
Loimer Lois Grüner Veltliner
Grüner is perhaps lesser known in the United States than it is in Europe. But don’t let the unfamiliar words deter you – an Austrian wine, Grüner Veltliner is fruity, flinty and perfect for sipping in your favorite sweater. If you’re looking for a little taste of familiarized Chenin Blanc, try Pine Ridge, a wonderful California white. GiftTree’s Sommelier serves it with her Thanksgiving turkey.
From its lovely dark violet color to its luscious fruit aromas, this wine captures the alluring essence of Sonoma County Zinfandel. On the palate, layers of wild blueberry, blackberry and cassis are underscored by an elegant structure that includes supple, refined tannins, balanced acidity and just a hint of juicy sweetness and toasty oak.
Twomey Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a rich, multi-faceted wine with great fruit and spice expression. It has a dark, cherry-red color and a complex nose of potpourri, ripe strawberries, cardamom, nutmeg and peat. It has a fruit-sweet attack, a fleshy mid-palate and notes of blond tobacco and coffee bean on the long and slightly tannic finish. With proper cellaring, this wine will give drinking pleasure through 2024.
This crisp and fresh Chardonnay opens with aromas of orange blossom, lemon oil and toasted brioche with creamed apple butter. Karia charms with its balance of ripe fruit, understated barrel spice, mouth-filling texture and refreshing acidity. With flavors of ripe stone fruit and apple blossom, the palate is loaded with a persistent citrus and spice infused finish.
The 40-acre Tenma Vineyard is located in the foothills of Mt. St. Helena, Napa Valley, where our reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is produced in partnership with renowned winemaker Robin Akhurst of Clos Pegase. Strikingly, this bold and unctuous Cabernet boasts opulent flavors of jammy black fruit and a touch of creamy vanilla.
Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux Chenin Blanc
This Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley comes from one of the most esteemed wineries in the appellation. All the grapes are harvested by hand and bio-dynamically farmed. This results in a soft, rich and elegant wine. Jonagold apple, melon, pear and quince flavors streaming through, gilded with heather, honeysuckle and verbena notes on the long, lithe finish. Remarkably elegant despite the off-dry style.
This Sonoma California wine is laden with deep garnet colors, flavors of black currant jam, rose petals, and chocolate. There’s an enticing nose of cassis, blueberries, tobacco, tarragon and roasting coffee. The seamless palate begins with ripe berries, follows with a full-bodied mid-palate, and ends with a long, savory finish with fine grained, well integrated tannins. With proper cellaring, this wine will give drinking pleasure through 2031. Pairs perfectly with grilled salmon, roasted duck, veal, venison or mushrooms.
Fed by cool winds from the Columbia Gorge, Dundee Hills AVA is the perfect climate for our cuvee, produced in collaboration with renowned Pinot Noir maker Archery Summit. Aged in new French oak, this premium Pinot opens with wood violet and cocoa aromas, uncovering flavors of black cherry and spice.
Sourced exclusively from the Mendoza, Argentina’s most prestigious wine growing region, Colores del Sol (“Colors of the Sun”) is the product of bright, uninterrupted sunlight during the day and cool mountain air at night. The result is Malbec at its finest: elegant aromatics and a complex palate of intense, bright fruit. Pair with a strong blue cheese or lean red meat.
What’s your favorite wine to sip when the temperatures dip?