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September 14, 2016

The Best White Wines For Autumn

white wines to drink instead of red wine in autumnSpicy, subtle fruit and silky acidity is exactly what you need for Autumn drinking. So what wine should you be choosing? But you don’t have to stick to red wine. A lot of the best qualities found in spicier reds can be found in some tasty white wines.

You just have to know where to look. Generally oaked chardonnays are good place to start. Or, instead of Rhone valley reds, just look for the white wines in the same section. They make a lot of blends but don’t be put off, they are the perfect introduction to the area if you’re a white wine lover.

1. Tardieu-Laurent Les Bec Fins Cote-du-Rhone

This gorgeous wine from our favourite Rhone winemaker is a tasty blend of Grenache, Viognier, Rousanne and Clairette. It shows exactly why blends are the best in this part of France. It’s a wine that’s got a decent enough body to match with even the herbiest of autumn recipes.

2. La Combe de Grinou

The combination of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon here makes a wine with more depth than you’d normally expect from either variety by themselves. Bergerac is a little off the beaten track so this wine is perfect if you’re bored of the same of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or Bordeaux white wines.

3. Hyde de Villaine Chardonnay

This winery has some family connections to the great Domaine de la Romanee Conti but it’s a stunning wine in its own right. The best grapes you could possibly find in California go into this bottle, it’s a real treat and perfect for those long Autumn nights.

4. Chocapalha Branco Reserva

What do you mean you only thought you could get Port from Portugal? Chocapalha make the kind of wines that stand out in any region. Considering the Branco Reserva is so rich, minerally and floral you’ll wonder why it’s taken you so long to try it.

5.Roccastella Pecorino

Not the cheese but a wine that’s just as delicious. The flavours in this wine are like Autumn in a glass, all sweet spice and apple. This is the perfect middle ground between Pinot Grigio and the heavier oaked Chardonnays.

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