Autumn is a fine time to sit back, relax and crack open a bottle of wine to savor as the days slowly grow shorter, the temperature cooler and the leaves more colorful. This time of year calls for wines that are strong enough to match heartier dishes, and the ritual of a glass of wine can be an ideal way to cherish the peaceful moments of life while putting a smile on your face.
Color is not the most significant factor in drinking seasonally — it’s texture and weight. Nights grow longer and days shorter, but like reds and whites, we still have both and just like rosé, red wine should not be considered seasonal.
Pinot Noir is always appropriate and can be one of the most delicious wine styles around. Often lighter and juicy with fine tannins and bright red fruit, they pair well with food or be equally attractive on their own.
It’s known that Pinot Noir is a thin-skin varietal, and it’s a prima donna demanding perfect conditions. The quality is heavily dependent on producer, vineyard and vintage, which creates the allure for the perfect Burgundy every year. Typical aromas for Pinot Noir include red cherries, strawberries, and cranberries, violets, tomato leaf, cured meats and black tea. this grape can also have a smokiness and an earthiness that is almost mushroomy and added to a hint of spice it can be fabulous.