If you are anything like us, you tend to transition the foods you eat and the wines you drink as the weather cools in these late fall months. Here are a few unique wines to try as you bring on the casseroles and roasts to replace those grilled steaks and burgers.
Alois Lageder Lagrein Rosé 2014, Italy $15.99
Lagrein is a native red wine varietal of South Tyrol (Sudtirol) in Northern Italy. This bottling is made into a deep, rich, and dry Rosé style. Pronounce aromas of red berries and violets follow through to the smooth palate with a long lasting and elegant finish. Try this with roasted chicken.
Huber Zweigelt 2012, Austria $18.99
Zweigelt is the most widely planted red varietal in Austria and is reminiscent of a Cotes du Rhone crossed with a Beaujolais. This wine is on the lighter side with a soft fruity core and a spicy edge. Look for notes of raspberry liqueur, dark earth, and peppery spice. This is one of those reds that can be slightly chilled and goes well with pork roasts and creamy casseroles.
Ironstone Cabernet Franc 2014, California $9.99 (WAS $14.99)
Cabernet Franc is one of the major red wine grapes in the world and is the genetic parent, along with Sauvignon Blanc, of Cabernet Sauvignon. It is primarily used for blending, but can be made into a single varietal wine. Up until a few years ago, however, you just didn't hear much about it as it happily was blended into Bordeaux wines or hid behind its regional appellation monikers such as Chinon (Loire Valley). This bottling is 90% Cabernet Franc and 10% Malbec and displays expressive aromas of bright red berry fruits mixed with a light spice and a hint of fresh herbs that lead to red cherry and raspberry with a vanilla oak undertone. This great value should be served alongside roasted or braised meats, or even dark chocolate desserts.