BELLA’s Top Picks: Fall Wine

Calling all basic b’s who love fall just as much as we do! While we’re moving out of those warm summer days into colder weather and changing leaf colors, sip on something delectable to help you get through the horror that is 2020. Here are our top picks for what to drink this season:

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Scout & Cellar 2019 Fieldhouse 301 Red Wine Blend ($32): This bold red has notes of blackberry, currant and black raspberry, along with hints of dried herbs and espresso. It’s an easily sippable wine on its own, and even better paired with a dish like braised short ribs or even ratatouille.

Poema Cava Brut ($12.99): Hailing from Spain, this cava is made using the champagne method and offers fresh citrus notes like apple and toasted bread notes. This bubbly drink is dry and pairs beautifully with oysters and seafood dishes.

Bodegas Caro Amancaya Reserve Red Blend 2017 ($23.99): This rich, bold wine is made in Mendoza, Argentina, where it undergoes 12 months of aging in both French oak barrels and concrete vats. The result is a well-balanced blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon with deep red cherry and fig flavors, along with hints of clove. It’s a must try.

Biltmore Reserve Chardonnay ($24): This North Carolina wine strikes the perfect balance between oak and butter, giving drinkers an ideal Chardonnay. Even if you tend to stray away from this grape, we recommend giving this one a try. Notes of oak and vanilla are at the forefront, with subtle butter notes rounding it out.

Bodegas Caro Aruma Malbec 2018 ($): Another stand out from the Bodegas Caro label is their Aruma Malbec, which is a slightly lighter red, but as equally complex. Notes of plum and red fruits, along with hints of coffee and a slight feel of tannins make this wine go down easy.

Jadot Beaujolais-Villages ($13.99): This impressive bottle is proof that amazing wine can come at low price points. This Gamay wine is juicy and fruity, with smooth notes of red berries. It is delicious on its own, and would pair extremely well with red meats.

Alta Vista Vive Cabernet Sauvignon ($13.97): This smooth, warm cab is a very drinkable Argentinian wine that is perfect for the Fall season. Ripe, spicy berries add to the bold, fresh flavor in this bottle. It would be lovely with grilled veggies or even a juicy burger. And it always helps when the bottle is beautiful.

Biltmore Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($19): This approachable red wine is ideal for a Fall movie night. Slightly jammy, this cabernet is low on tannins, medium-bodied, and fruity. It would pair well with lamb, burgers, and even smoked gouda.

Norton Reserva Malbec ($18.99): This bright, bold Malbec is known for its long mouth finish, leaving notes of black fruits, spices, tobacco and violet behind. If you’re looking for more of an intense sip, this is your pick.

Chateau La Nerthe Les Cassagnes Côtes-du-Rhône Villages ($24.99): This blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah from France blends floral and spicy notes together, along with red and black berries, resulting in a well-balanced red wine. Slightly tannin-forward, this wine ages quite nicely, as well.

2018 VDR ($24.99): This cool, bold wine, a “Very Dark Red,” might make your mouth look a little silly after a glass or two, but it’s well worth it. Notes of black cherry, blackberry and boysenberry mix with lavender to create a drinkable wine with depth. Hailing from Monterey, this blend is aged in Fresh, American and Hungarian oak.

Segal Wild Fermentation Chardonnay ($24.99): This kosher Israeli wine is a great transitional wine from summer to fall. It’s made from a fermentation process that uses only natural yeast from the vineyard. It’s crisp, slightly acidic, and boasts flavors of red apples and white nectarines.

Mionetto Prosecco DOC Organic Extra Dry ($13.98): This organic Prosecco is what you should pick up if your a spiked cider fan. Very dry and sweet, this bubbly is strong on apple notes and would be great in a Fall cocktail.

Cheers!

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