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Arlington, VA 22202
Even the weather is appearing to fight back the seasons this year! October is just around the corner, Halloween candy is filling the shelves at the grocery store, pumpkin beers are flooding onto the beer shelves, and football has filled the weekend! It’s really time to start selecting wines for fall – things that will go perfectly with the season’s transitioning weather and flavors. These are wines that are a great balance between what we were drinking in the summer – light, crisp, and refreshing – and what we will drink during the winter – dark, smooth, and warming. Because wine is always a fun trip of discovery, these wines are not your everyday fall suggestions!
- Stobi Rose 2016: Stobi Winery focuses on the quality of their grapes and in order to ensure top quality, only uses estate fruit. They have over 600 hectares and their plantings include white varieties such as Zhilavka, Zhupljanka, Rkaciteli, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Muscat Ottonel and red varieties such as Pinot Noir, Vranec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, and Petit Verdot. Stobi Rose is produced from the indigenous 80% Rkatsiteli and 20% Vranec grapes and is a single-vineyard rose from the Aerodrom vineyard located in the Tikvesh wine region in Central Macedonia. It is gorgeous pink with delicate aromas of strawberry, cranberry, and light floral notes. All of this carries through the palate with bright acidity and a long, clean finish. This is a fabulous patio wine, perfect for barbecued meats, to accompany a variety of appetizers, or for those days when you don’t want to admit summer is over!
- Agrina Doo Portuguiser 2016: Known locally as Machkov Podrum, this winery changed its name at the behest of our portfolio director so that it would be easier to pronounce for the American market. Thus was born Agrina. This winery specializes in village wines; that’s to say, unpretentious, easy-to-drink, food-friendly wines that are meant to be served fresh and drunk in no small quantity. Their Portugieser is comparable to Beaujolais in style, which is a great fall wine! Brilliant in color, fruity, and fresh. Driven by slightly bubblegum notes of pomegranate and blackberry with some savory herbs on the finish. An excellent value to pair with salty cheese, roast poultry (both chicken and turkey), and even a burger. 100% Portugieser
- Thymiopoulos Naoussa 2014: The Thymiopoulos family has owned vineyards in Naoussa for several generations. Until recently, the family grew grapes and supplied wineries with their fruit. Apostolos Thymiopoulos returned to his family’s vineyards after college and the winery’s first release was with the 2004 vintage, which was a hit across Greece and in Europe. Thymiopoulos Vineyards will be a winery to watch as its production grows. This is 100% Xinomavro grown in 30 year old vineyards located at Trilofos and Fytia, at southern tip of the appellation of Naoussa. The grapes are biodynamically farmed, handpicked, and fermentation is started with native yeasts. It is aged in 500 liter oak barrels for 12 months and bottled unfiltered. It is a purple, tinged with red, in the glass with a complex nose of small red fruits. There is sun-dried tomato, olive, and vanilla as it develops. Full with rounded tannins, nice structure, and balanced acidity. This is a wine that can handle game, roast lamb, or hearty stews with aplomb.
- Tarapaca Gran Reserva Organic Red 2014: Viña Tarapacá was founded in 1874, in the heart of the Maipo Valley. This wine perfectly combines the different areas of the Rosario estates in terms of climate and soil taking the best attributes of each vineyard. Fresh fruit aromatics of raspberry and cherry from the Cabernet Sauvignon, black fruit notes in the Syrah emanating from the cool waters of the Maipo river and floral and spice of violet and white pepper from the Cabernet Franc and Carmenere combine to produce an intoxicating blend of flavor and aroma. Rich hearty beef and game dishes are enhanced when paired with this robust and rich wine. Pair this wine with full flavored rich dishes that need a worthy accompaniment. 37% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Syrah, 8% Carménère, 4% Petit Verdot