PAWLING, N.Y. -- As the seasons change and fall brings cooler weather, it's time to say farewell to cold beer and hello to light wine.
With backyard barbecues winding down, it's time for fall activities that pair perfectly with wine. Full-bodied whites and light to medium-bodied reds are the perfect complements to cooler weather and fall harvest foods. Below are the best types of wine to pair with everything from pumpkin picking to horror films.
Pinot Noir is one of the most commonly consumed fall wines. The light red pairs great with meat and fish, and offers a flavor that isn't too overpowering for casual wine drinkers.
Red Zinfandel is a fruit-forward wine, but the finish is not too heavy. The Zinfandel can be paired with a light meal or enjoyed by the fire after a long day at the apple orchard.
Riesling is a white wine with a dry, floral taste. This wine is sweet and when chilled, can be a nice refreshing treat to those who want to skip the bar or restaurant and stay in for a night.
Chardonnay is another flavorful white wine that offers an aged, oaky taste, making it one of the most popular autumn selections. In addition, unoaked Chardonnay is becoming very popular nowadays. Fermented in stainless steel, these wines offer fresh fruit and citrus with higher acidity for the people who want a clean wine not masked by heavy oak. The richness and texture of a Chardonnay will stand up to cold-weather cooking. Especially those involving chicken, seafood and pork.
Champagne is the perfect fireside drink and when paired with a cheese plate or just some strawberries and chocolate, can turn any evening into an event.
For more information about Wineology or to find the perfect wine this fall, visit the experts in Pawling or call at (845) 855-8463.