Each fall, the fashion industry predicts the hottest trends for the season—from skirt length to nail polish color—and each fall, I care a little bit less. Send bottles of wine strutting down a runway, on the other hand, and I’d be riveted. So I asked a few of our town’s many wine aficionados to share their favorite new wines for the season. Here’s your front row seat to the Fall 2010 collection.
The Ivy Inn Restaurant
Patricia Green Sauvignon Blanc 2009. Willamette Valley, Oregon. $10 by the glass, $34 by the bottle.
“My favorite white wine for food—very rich and fruity with balanced acidity. A perfect pairing with our pan-seared duck foie gras, pickled peaches, peach chutney, and corn bread pudding.”
J. Fritsch Grand Cru Riesling Schlossberg 2008. Alsace, France. $21.99 (availabe at Wine Warehouse)
Glen Manor ‘Hodder Hill’ 2007. Front Royal, Virginia. $15 by the glass, $50 by the bottle.
“This full-bodied, well-balanced Bordeaux-style blend is a great match with our mustard herb-crusted rack of lamb, provençal vegetables, roasted garlic fingerling potatoes, and rosemary jus.”
Primitivo Quiles ‘Raspay’ 2003. Alicante, Spain. $9 by the glass, $40 by the bottle.
“Raspberry, light cedar, and silky tannins–supple, light-bodied, and perfect with paella or grilled rockfish, pears with blue cheese, or our spicy padrón peppers.”
San Lorenzo Pecorino 2009. Abruzzo, Italy. $39
“A flowery bouquet with a spicy finish—perfect with our grilled swordfish with heirloom tomato-olive salsa cruda, upland cress, and preserved Meyer lemon-fennel brodo.”
Crivelli Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato 2008. Piedmont, Italy. $41
“A great alternative to Pinot Noir with notes of geranium, black cherry, orange peel, and smoke. Try it with our breaded veal chop with tomatoes, capers, arugula, and grilled lemon.”
Rio Hill Wine & Gourmet
Flora Springs Napa Chardonnay 2008. Napa Valley, California. $23
“One of my favorite oaked Chardonnays with perfect balance and bright peach, pear, and pineapple notes. Perfect with butternut squash soup or crab bisque.”
Deep Purple Lodi Zinfandel 2007. Napa Valley, California. $10
“Aromas of blackberry, cherry, and plum, with a sprinkling of clove spice—a tailgate red to pair with hot wings, pork BBQ, and any other game day fare.”
Tastings of Charlottesville
Pascal Janvier Jasnières ‘Cuvée du Silex’ 2009. Loire Valley, France. $25.95
“My idea of a fall beauty: bright peach and white pepper with a slight mushroom edge, brought into tight focus by a limestone-like acidity.”
Leon Barral Faugères ‘Jadis’ 2007. Languedoc, France. $39.95
“Rich black currant, pepper, and leather tones, modulated by ripe tannins and cleansing acidity—better than 90 percent of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.”
Simon N Cellars
J. Simonin Macon-Vergisson ‘Les Courthelongs’ 2008. Burgundy, France. $16.99 (available at Wine Warehouse)
“A great deal from the Macon appellation —apple and exotic fruits with a hint of vanilla, minerality, and good acidity.”
Williams Corner Wine
Jean-Paul Brun L’Ancien Beaujolais 2009. Beaujolais, France. $16.95 (availabe at Tastings and Market Street Wineshops)
“When this wine arrives next month, it will be the best thing to happen to America since George Washington.”