white wines for fall

These three fall white wines are not only affordable (perfect for hosting a large group) but tey also deliver interesting flavor notes.

Story by Kristine Hansen

Autumn’s whirl of color in the trees and brisk, cool air is a fitting note for outdoor grilling. Tradition says to drink red wine with steak, burgers and brats, but why not look to a chilled white – and give lighter meats a try? White wines with ample body and layers of sweetness or chalkiness are a great match with light meats, such as chicken and turkey, as well as fish, and for the vegetarians in the crowd, it’s a good bet, too. These three wines are not only affordable (perfect for hosting a large group) but they also deliver interesting flavor notes.

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white wines for fall

2016 St. Urbans-Hof Nik Weis

Selection Riesling, Mosel, Germany
Stemming from a renowned Riesling region in Germany – and one of the best in the world – what works well with Rieslings is that they can stand up to full-bodied sauces that the meat might be smothered in, whether they’re smoky or sweet. This one is delightfully off-dry with tangerine and mango notes.

white wines for fall

2016 Matua Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough, New Zealand
Grilling with Asian flair? Then pour this Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, a varietal that chefs often like to pair with sushi. This producer was the first in Marlborough to make Sauvignon Blanc wines – during the early 1970s – and these wines are now wildly popular. Crisp and highly acidic, this wine features gooseberry notes.

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white wines for fall

2014 Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards Central Coast

Chardonnay, California
You can never go wrong with a California Chardonnay, and this Central Coast producer is a consistent value, delivering a classic California style of this varietal. With pineapple notes and a buttery profile, you’ll forget that winter is coming in a few months. This is especially suited for sipping with smoked meats.