What wine to drink in Autumn?
The time has come to pull those sweatshirts out of storage but not yet time to start convincing yourself that ‘summer bodies are made in winter’ - Autumn is here and it’s time to start drinking like it.
Autumn is bittersweet. It means summer is over - which is sad, but it also means that winter is coming - which can be a celebratory and cosy time for a lot of us. But just because this transient season is wedged between the two doesn’t mean it doesn’t have merits of its own.
Aside from the “pumpkin spice latte brigade,” those of us who are interested in cuisine and wine (e.g. you, dear reader) should rejoice in the change of season as it provides us with another reason to indulge and get stuck into a few new things.
With the slightly cooler weather comes a need to be cosy but not hot. No one wants to be hot. For a warming tipple, we suggest turning to your lighter reds. Think Pinot Noir, like the silky, huggable Soli from Bulgaria or Beaujolais such as Les Pivoines which is a versatile drop perfect for ever-changing weather. These wines all have a lighter profile and pack quite a lot of flavour but can also benefit from a slight chilling, too.
So long and possibly farewell (for now) to the lighter and simple whites of summer. Our taste buds are looking for richness and texture to help give us more mouthfeel. Naturally, we're drawn to Chardonnay and this Chardonnay/Chenin blend, Keermont, brings serious creaminess but with tropical and peach flavours. Or try this Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi with its 90 point score from Decanter that has the feeling of a Chardonnay when swirled around the mouth, but with zippy classic Italian refreshment. For something even riper, white Burgundies like Saint-Veran can do just the job. We want volume in our wines and these sorts will do just the thing.
Who said you need to be on a beach in the Mediterranean or being blasted by the sun to enjoy an ice cold glass of rose? Certainly not us. In fact, we can let you in on a little secret - Vintner customers buy rose all year round, not just over the summer months. We’d recommend you dive into bigger and richer styles like the Eminence de Bijou and the Pierre du Diable. Both are fresh and perfect for summer, but they’ve got a little extra grit in the glass that will stack up next to richer foods and chillier afternoons.