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Similar to watching different sporting events throughout the year or changing your wardrobe to accommodate the weather, wine enthusiasts drink seasonally. Seasonal wines generally focus on the visual appearance of the wine. In the warmer months, wine drinkers will flock to the rosés and crisp whites. When things start to cool off, the light-bodied white and rosé wines are put away and savory deep reds are enjoyed. Fall is a red wine-friendly time of year, but there are many full-bodied white wines that complement the cooler weather as well.
There are no formal guidelines to sipping wine seasonally, as long as you remember to enjoy it.
2009 Castle Rock Central Coast Pinot
This wine is lovely and rounded with supple red fruits intermingling with cherry juice and soft hints of wood. The structure is more than sound and it carries it through the solid midpalate with nice pinot character and classic notes of crushed red flowers and some spice notes.
2011 Reserve de L’Aube
There is a rich cherry flavor at first, but as the wine broadens it reveals ripe, peppery cassis fruit, brandy-soaked cherries and effusive notes of cocoa, brambleberry juice and red fruit sorbet. This is a good, solid wine with great backbone, structure and potential longevity.
2010 Rodney Strong Chalkhill Chardonnay
Enjoy this creamy California favorite. This chardonnay is filled with toasty vanilla and spices perfect for sipping by a fireplace. A wonderful find at an awesome price point.
2010 Trimbach Gewurztraminer
The color of this wine is reminiscent of beautiful golden autumn leaves. With a cinnamon, nutmeg and rose petal scent, it is perfect to pack for an autumn picnic in the mountains or for enjoying with your favorite spicy fusion dish.
2009 L’Heritier des Grams Blanc de Bordeaux
Bid adieu to your ennui with this vivacious 100 percent sauvignon blanc. Medium-bodied with touches of hazelnut and blackberries. A perfect pairing for tapas and fresh vegetables.
2010 Vinamas Garnacha/Tempranillo
This wine literally means “Spirit of Spain.” It’s a blend of 70 percent tempranillo and 30 percent garnache at an unbeatable price point. This balanced blend is bursting with raspberry and blackberry notes with a smoky oak finish. Perfect for parties or snuggling up with a special someone on a quiet evening in the cool weather.