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Fox Run sits high on Torrey Ridge, overlooking one of the deepest parts of Seneca Lake. With fifty acres of eastern-facing vineyards, on glacial soils of broken shale and sandy loam, the winery produces a remarkable range of limited production, site expressive estate wines. Under the dynamic, forward-looking ownership of Scott and Ruth Osborn, Fox Run is one of the first artisanal wine producers in the cool-climate Finger Lakes region of New York State.
KingsBottle 3-Zone Wine and Beverage Combo Refrigerator, Holds 160 Cans and 46 Bottles, Stainless Steel with Glass Door
Dimensions: 46.84W x 23.62D x 33.86H in.. Holds up to 160 cans and 46 wine bottles. Gas-charged tempered safety glass reversible doors. Stainless steel door frame and handle. Dual-zone temperature control for reds and whites. Vibration-free cooling with state-of-the-art fan. Hardwood bottle shelves and chromed beverage shelves. Front-venting heat-dispersion system.
Many of us have our preferred bottles for light, airy summers and the deepest, darkest winters but the arrival of Autumn can present a unique challenge in how best to prepare for the unpredictable season.
In the span of a few short months, large swaths of the country swing from high heat and humidity to crisp, dry lows, and some regions are lucky enough to undergo those cycles a few times before winter fully takes hold. For some folks battling those climactic shifts the solution might be to simply stock up for wines suited to both extremes, but the resourceful oenophile will recognize the opportunity to prepare a selection suited to the best of what Fall provides.
If you haven’t already prepared a list of your own, here are the 8 wines we recommend that you stock up on for Autumn.
- Pinot Noir: though commonly associated with France, these grapes are grown all over the world and the differences in climate and terrain create allow for plenty of fine tuning for preferences. Across the board they trend toward berry aromas, ranging light to medium in body, with a satisfying richness.
- Malbec: like the Pinots mentioned above, Malbecs share a fruit-forward first impression, but are more robust and earthy. These spicy, inky-dark wines are some of the more rustic reds out there and will have you wanting to gather dry leaves and start cracking twigs for campfire kindling.
- Merlot: while Merlots tend to embody three distinct profiles, our preferred variety for Autumn are the velvety ones with minimal tannic structure that warm from within when the temperatures begin to drop with the sun.
- Cabernet Franc: matching its Cabernet Sauvignon cousin in richness, the Franc is lighter in both pigment and tannins and makes for another smooth sipper. Noted for its hints of bell pepper, it makes for a great pairing with many vegetable dishes and most Autumn classics, but it’s really at home with stews or the year’s first pot of chili.
- Sparkling Wine: Perhaps Champagne and sparkling wines were an unfair addition to the list given the all-purpose applicability, but these options are an ideal match for those brilliant Autumn days that are cool enough for a sweater but warm enough for a picnic. Since the ideal temperature for serving sparkling wine is between 45 and 50 degrees (too warm for a fridge, too low for room temperature), they really benefit from dual-zone or even triple-zone wine coolers that can store different varieties in their ideal zone.
- Roussanne: The notoriously finicky grapes that give us Roussanne are an eternal frustration for wineries, but we love this full bodied, acidic wine boasting nutty and honey flavors. Not that a wine need go with anything, but this one is perfect with strong cheeses after a hike through leaf peeping country.
- Oaked Chardonnays: While Chardonnay is so predominant that the grapes are present in every form imaginable, we’re especially fond of oaked bottles with hints of caramel and cinnamon. Something about the combination of these flavors seems perfect for spending a bit too long in the orchard while picking apples.
- Viognier: The floral aroma includes more peaches and pears than the Chardonnay, these bottles are intended to be consumed young and are typically dry with low acidity. Crisper selections are perhaps the consummate way to enjoy a late brunch or outdoor snack of a walnut and apple salad.
With an endless array of varietals and blends, we’ve all got our go-to favorites, but we’ve found the best picks for the season are those that mirror the spirit of the season and burst with a vibrancy of their own. Whether you navigate by the weather, your daily activity, or your next meal, Fall requires amateur connoisseurs be nimble on their toes and willing to plan ahead, but a little preparation ensures you can make the most of the season.
Primitivo, which is also known as Zingarello is the major growing grape of Apulia in Southern Italy. Zingarello makes a heavy strong wine with the alcoholic potency of port. DNA testing has confirmed that Primitivo is genetically related to California's Zinfandel. Based on DNA profiling, it has been theorized that both Primitivo and Zinfandel are clones of the Croatian variety Crljenak.
This Portuguese varietal starts with ripe strawberry on the nose. You’ll notice smooth supple fruit notes on the palate, with a well-balanced acidity and a clean finish.
We are a craft boutique winery specializing in quality unique wines. Our winery is located in Olympia, Wa, where we make all our wines and host visitors in our tasting room. We proudly pour sixteen beautiful wines that were all produced with grapes from the east side of the state. All grapes come handpicked from Washington vineyards chosen for their unique combinations of flavor and color. Our wines have been winning awards in local and national contests for years starting with our 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, and earned several 90+ scores from Wine Advocate in 2010 and 2011.
In a community steeped in tradition, Messina Hof Winery & Resort holds its own with a 200-year history of award-winning wines. Although the winery itself was officially established when with the first vintage release in 1983, the rich wine heritage of Winemaker Paul Bonarrigo dates back six generations to Messina, Sicily. Merrill Bonarrigo's family originates from Hof, Germany. Together they have pioneered the Texas wine industry in creating premium wines of distinction and a landmark wine country destination.
Vintage Ports are among the longest-lived wines produced anywhere. With a limited 3000 case production, this special "Vintage Charactek" is a blend of the finest wines from the producer in Portugal. Martinez was founded in 1790 by Spaniard Sebastian Gonzalez Martines who sold Port, Sherry, and Cigars in London. By 1849 The Martinez company was the largest shipper of Port to the UK. Port is generally made from these top five black varieties, although over 80 varieties are allowed: Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franc, Tinta Cao, and Tinta Barroca.
Vintage Ports are among the rarest and longest-lived wines produced anywhere. Port with a vintage (year) declaration must be made with grapes of that year's harvest. Not every year is declared a vintage year (much similar to Champagne). This one is produced by Quinta da Romaneira, who had a long rich history in Porto. It was founded in 1813 belonging to the families of Sousa Guimares. This is a great opportunity to taste vintage Port that has been carefully cellar-ed and aged. Port is generally made from these top five black varieties, although over 80 varieties are allowed: Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franc, Tinta Cao, and Tinta Barroca.