You love wearing a breezy sundress or shorts and a tee on a cool, fall day? If you’re comfortable, wear it (and yes, I know a few friends who do just that)! As for me, my wardrobe usually reflects the weather. Cool days beg for my favorite comfy sweater and pants, cooler nights warrant a skirt, light jacket, and boots. Just as the seasons change, so do my clothes…and more often than not, my wine choices.
A few weeks ago, a friend and I engaged in a bit of late afternoon noshing at one of my favorite Spanish restaurants in Chicago. It was still summer and we found a table outside, yet there was a noticeable chill in the air – I put on my jacket. We ordered a light and crisp rosé (hey, it was summer!) with a few tapas. The wine was delicious, but I felt that I should have asked for a bolder white, a more powerful rosé, or even a red wine…I pulled my jacket tighter – I was cold!
During the drive home, I considered other wines that could have been more satisfying on that cool night. Even though I wasn’t wearing a sundress, my wine choice felt like one. What selections would be delicious when pumpkin carving, hay rides, or autumn drives would be a part of the day’s agenda? Enjoying a unique wine that’s a transition from those that are crisp and refreshing to those that are bold and rich could be similar to wearing a cozy sweater. When there’s a nip in the air, no one needs a wine that’s too light or too heavy. Epiphany!
Amanda prefaced our conversation with the phrase, “drink what you like!” (the sundress effect?), then continued. Fall foods such as vegetable soups, braised dishes, and “peasant” food with authentic layers of flavors are often the reason wine lovers change their selections. For example, Amanda suggests mushroom soup enjoyed with a glass of Cru Beaujolais (Amanda’s favorite is from Fleurie), a leg of lamb with rosemary complemented by a Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley, or a traditional Italian dish with a pour of Nerello Mascalese from Sicily. I have to agree. These are excellent choices along with more of my fall favorites, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, or Grenache based wines.
As for rosé wines, Amanda reiterated that those with more texture and “weight” are optimal; those from Italy or the Rhone Valley are lovely for the autumn season. And Champagne? Drink that beauty any time!!
Cheers! ~ Cindy