Pulling out sweaters and jeans this week has reminded me that with the change in weather, new, bolder wine selections are in order. With cool temps, we often want something that’s going to “warm us up.” In wine speak, that translates into heavier bodied, full-flavoured reds. For local readers, there’s a great little wine shop at the North East corner of 116th and Olio Road in Fishers called @TastefulTimes. You can find each of the wines I’ll mention at their place. They also have a fun selection of artisanal, local fare, which I love. Tell ‘em I sent you.
One of my very favourite varietals is inky, toffee-full Petit Sirah. For me, fall is permission to indulge! McManis ($12) makes this scrumptious, value-driven bottle. Dark black fruit is nearly overpowered with caramel and cocoa. Think about a dried blueberry covered in dark chocolate milk duds. The flavours are big, the finish is looong and the price is low. If you’ve never given Petit Sirah a try, this is a great jumping-off point. #
2017 “Fidelity” Red Wine, Crazy Creek, Alexander Valley will set you back just over $15. A Bordeaux-style blend (Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon), is a great value from California. The Merlot contributes flavours of ripe blueberries and cordial cherries. The Cab adds structure and a nice long finish while the Petit Verdot brings colour, tannin and a pretty whiff of violets to the table. New French Oak adds warm vanilla to this bright little number. #yummy
“Vindicated” Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County ($18) stands out as a deal. If you’ve traveled to this area, you’ll know what I mean when I say that this wine SMELLS like Sonoma. Bright and brambly right off the bat (think ripe with blackberries & raspberries) with a little cocoa and lots of warm wood in the background. And the tiniest hint of eucalyptus. Medium tannins and strong structure with 14.4% ABV will warm you right up. This wine tastes way more expensive than it is. #winning
As always, let me know what you think and Happy Fall, Y’all.
Elizabeth Morse cooks professionally, is an Advanced Master Gardener and lover of all things local.