Wine and Dine 101: The Best Wines for all the Feasts of Fall

Wine and Dine 101: The Best Wines for all the Feasts of Fall

With the string of exciting celebrations that fall/autumn brings, surely parties or intimate dinners centering on mouthwatering meals and a delicious glass of wine to complement it will never run dry this season. If it’s your turn to host the next fall dinner for your clique or if you just want to up your wine game, this article will give you some tips about wine and food pairing for fall.

First of all, it’s but natural that the change of season lead to a change in our preference in wine, probably in part due to the change in temperature (although it’s generally still warm in Los Angeles up to November), but mostly because of the food. Take for example, right now restaurants are all about apple-, figs-, pumpkin-, gourd-, and other fall-flavored dishes.


With that in mind, light- to medium-red wines are your go-to for this season. They’re rich and pair well with fall harvest-themed dishes. Popular red wine choices include:

  • Pinot Noir
  • Cabernet
  • Merlot
  • Soft Red Blend

For white wine, you know the rule: it goes with vegetable-based dishes like salads, roasted vegetables, or pesto perhaps, cheese, and charcuterie. Full bodied whites can also blend well with poultry and fish recipes. Must-try white wines are:

  • Oaked Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Riesling
  • Rousanne

Or if you want to keep it simple yet classy, you’ll never go wrong with a bottle of champagne for an after-dinner toast.

 To learn more about wine and food pairing basics, check out this useful infographic:

Image by Wine Folly

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