Wines we love this season

 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.

Angelo Vangelopoulos
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.”

Pamela Margaux
Margaux & Company Imports

J. Fritsch Grand Cru Riesling Schlossberg 2008. Alsace, France. $21.99 (availabe at Wine Warehouse)
“A beautifully made wine that reflects the nuances of white flowers, lychee, honey, and melon notes that are classic characteristics of the region.”

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.”

Tomas Rahal
Mas Tapas

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.”

Michael Keaveny

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.”

Doug Hotz
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.”

Bill Curtis
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.”

Didier Simonin
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.”

Nicolas Mestre
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.”


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