Understandably, we’re in need of comfort. Comfort that goes beyond sweaters, binge-watching Netflix, and fondue. We need wine. While we’re not quite ready for Barolo, Sagrantino, or Amarone to carry us through winter, we need something more to get us through shorter days and all this.
Here are the five wines we’re bullish on this autumn.
Fall isn’t just red wine season. It’s full-bodied white wine season too. This Friuli-Venezia Giulia-born is a lush, mouth-filling wine with a welcome hint of zippiness to make an excellent white pour for those dark green fall veggies. Find one with some age or oak on it and be prepared for notes of honey, almond, and an unctuous texture.
Example: Collio DOC Friulano from La Castellada.
Though it doesn’t quite have the bonafides of Nebbiolo, Barbera is Northern Italy’s wine of the people and is never too far from a Piedmontese dining table. This wine can be a bit of a conundrum. Due to its pigmentation, it can taste both rich and light-bodied, offering the berry and cherry notes in bigger wines, but goes down like a treat, thanks to lively acidity. Oak-heavy styles have an extra touch of chocolate, vanilla and spice.
Example: Barbera d’Alba DOC Superiore from Barale Fratelli.
This wine right here, this is our jam—pun definitely intended. Though we are fans of the lighter, low-ABV styles with rose petal, sage, and black pepper flavors, it’s the richer styles that inspired us to write this article. Jam in a glass with notes of dried figs and carobs. ABVs north of 15%. This, ladies, gentlemen, and aspiring oenophiles, is fall in a glass.
Example: Primitivo DOCG from De Quarto.
We must be feeling Veneto’s everyday drinkers, because we’re definitely sweet on this Italian red. This wine is known for being on the dry side with more tannin than Ripasso, but less acid. Expect delightfully fruity aromas, with hints of rose and violet.
Example: Valpolicella DOC Superiore from Giovanni Ederle.
When it comes to fall-friendly wines, this is arguably one of the friendliest. You can’t get enough of all those black fruits notes. It’s hard to hard to go wrong with Montepulciano, at least in our humble opinion. Occasionally, it can be prone to a higher ABV, but hey, when it’s this cold, who’s complaining?
Example: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOCG from Tenuta Terraviva.
Image credits: Hermes Rivera