Those long summer nights of sitting on the deck and enjoying a nice glass of wine may be coming to an end, but there are still many ways to enjoy the season. With the leaves changing there's a whole new color palette to gaze at in wonder. The nights may be colder, but that just means it's the perfect weather to throw a log on your fire and savor the woodsy smell. Plus, you can grab a cozy blanket and snuggle up with a loved one. There are also so many delicious wines to try for a new season. Feeling bold? Try a dark red. Or mix it up with a Fall Sangria.
If you’ve never had the pleasure of enjoying this fruity, colorful wine cocktail you are in for a real treat! Sangria is originally from Spain and Portugal and is typically made with Spanish Rioja red wine and fruits like apples, pears, oranges, and lemons. It occasionally has additional spirits and spices added like brandy, cinnamon, or clove. In addition to the wine, apple cider is sometimes added to sangria in the fall and club soda is frequently mixed in for its bubbles.
Most people don't think of rosés in the Fall, but it can be a match made in heaven. Generally speaking, rosés will offer bright freshness and fruit like a white, but because they are made from red grapes and the juice has spent time on the skins (hence the color), the wines can also have more structure and tannin, like a red.
Plus, most rosés are bursting with acidity, another quality that makes them an ideal partner with heartier fall fare—that acidity basically cuts through the richness of a dish like a hot knife on butter. Not to mention the tart, juicy red fruit flavors in most rosés work as either a great counterpoint to earthy seasonal ingredients like mushrooms and Brussels sprouts, or, conversely, play up the natural sweetness of an apple.
Trying a new type of wine is also the perfect time to discover a delicious new food pairing. A red blend is perfect for fall sipping! With the subtle chocolate and plum tastes, serving it with a little salty snack really sets it off. The crunch of some popcorn and mixed nuts is an awesome complement to the Red Blend bottle.
A lovely chardonnay is such a great brunch choice! It's best to serve it chilled and with a snack partner that's a bit salty and sour. Sliced apples and salt & vinegar chips can really bring out different notes in your wine.
New snack pairings can also have an added bonus. They don't have to be fancy to be fantastic. Keep it simple and add a few garnishes like herbs or flowers. Now is the time to just have fun with it! You can really have fun filling your Sippin'It Handcrafted Charcuterie Board with little treats like chocolates or pretzels.
End of summer doesn't mean end of the good times. Try something new and you may discover a personal favorite that you'll enjoy for years to come!