Sipping Into Fall

Wine Suggestions for Crisp Days and Nights

Written by JoAnn Actis-Grande

Sipping into FallFall equals harvest season, and it is a great time for sipping fuller wines, especially under the harvest moon. The wines I have selected will complement the dip in temperatures, and pair well with menus featuring hearty foods. Be sure to look for these wines in local Seacoast stores.


Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Chardonnay
In his winery, legendary film director Francis Ford Coppola produces an award-winning chardonnay. His Diamond Collection Chardonnay has depth, richness, distinctive spice notes and a smooth, creamy texture. This wine pairs well with fettuccine Alfredo, chicken and pork tenderloin.

J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling
Monterey County, 2009

A pale, young wine with brass-like yellow color and enticing fruit aromas of apple, apricot, peach and Bosc pear. Refreshing acidity and a slight palate spritz. Serve as an aperitif or pair with Pacific Rim cuisine such as Thai chicken, beef satay or grilled soy-marinated salmon.

Hartwell Estate Sauvignon Blanc, 2008
Many great Napa Valley sauvignon blancs are seeking oak to round them out. A sauvignon blanc aged in oak makes this wine very smooth, creamy and vibrant. This wine features a medley of tropical notes—lime, grapefruit and citrus, and a long, lovely finish. An interesting choice with clams, mussels and oysters.

Boutari Moschofilero
The number-one wine in Greece! A brilliant, crystal-clear, light yellow wine with green tints, this is a fresh white with intense floral and fruity melon and citrus aromas. A well-balanced, refreshing wine with fine flavor and a long aromatic aftertaste of orange blossom and grapefruit. Perfect for pairing with seafood.

Maculan Pino & Toi
A combination of indigenous Italian grapes makes this wine intensely perfumed and offers refreshing notes of citrus and apples. It is well-balanced on the palate with loads of aromas of fresh peaches and pears, followed by a crisp and fragrant finish.

Terras Gauda Albarino
A popular Spanish grape varietal wine that is very food-friendly. This wine has an interesting and complex mix of aromas combining white fruits, orange pips and peel with fresh balsamic notes, supported by subtle floral and mineral hints. It enters the mouth smoothly, progressing towards a pleasant, sticky sweetness, accompanied by fresh, bright acidity and concluding with a fleshy finish in the mouth, long and creamy.


Francis Coppola Rosso Shiraz, 2008
Another wine produced by the famous film director’s winery, this red wine is filled with dark, rich fruit flavors and spicy aromatics. Medium-bodied with ripe, smooth tannins, this lush, easy-drinking wine pairs perfectly with grilled lamb chops, chicken pesto panini or pasta with puttanesca sauce.

St. Francis Merlot
This wine has spicy herb and vanilla overtones that give way to luscious plum and cherry flavors on the palate, with hints of chocolate and generous tannins on the finish. A true varietal classic labeled with Sonoma County style. I love this wine with burgers and ribs.

Hoya De Cadenas Reserva Tempranillo
A perfect everyday wine and a great value from Spain. It has a lovely appearance and intense depth with bright vermillion hues. Its bouquet reveals complex aromas of ripe fruit and vanilla. On the palate, you will taste a smooth, velvety wine with an elegant and spicy finish. A great choice for tapas.

Greg Norman California Estates Paso Robles Petite Sirah
Professional golfer Greg Norman makes an outstanding petite sirah that has an inky garnet color and vivid hues of purple. The wine finishes with bright aromas of violets and blackberries. The palate is luscious and full of juicy blackberry, plum and dried fruits. A wine that’s rich and well-structured with nicely integrated velvet tannins.

Jeff Gordon Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005
Produced by the famous racecar driver, this cabernet has bouquets of leather, currant and pipe tobacco. The taste is rich with smoke, cedar, blackberry and stone fruits, and is incredibly smooth. There are touches of espresso on the finish. A wine that will age nicely, this is a good choice for collectors. Always a great wine with steak and chops.

Paradigm Zinfandel, 2007
Bright cherries in the front make way to smoke, spices and a dash of black pepper. Many believe 2007 to be a banner year in Napa Valley and this wine is a great example. Serve with all your favorite harvest stews.

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