Fall is here, but you would never know it with the humidity and temps high in the 70’s & 80’s earlier this week. According to our local weather guys, I’m talking to you Tucker Barnes, it will cool off towards the end of the week and be a bit more fall like. With that said, it is time to fall in to some Autumn wines. Autumn wines you say? Wines that are wonderful to sip in the crisp evening air and are great to pair with tasty mouth-watering fall food.
Columbia Crest wines happen to be a favorite for a few reasons. For starters the wine is always solid. There is something for everyone under their label. Secondly, the price is right. The only thing burning a hole in your wallet this fall should be pumpkins, candy & that Donald Trump mask – not wine. (Wait, how does one spend $30 on candy?) Columbia Valley is a fantastic wine growing region in Washington State. Wines out of this area are phenomenal.
Here are a few perfect wines for the Fall from Columbia Crest Grand Estates:
For starters, white wine can be “cold weather” wine. Unless you’re a seasonal wine drinker, which is actually a thing. Columbia Crest has three particularly great white wines that must be on your list. Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and for you oak haters, an Unoaked Chardonnay.
Columbia Crest Pinot Gris is definitely lighter bodied, but it has a lot of character. Full of grapefruit and peach and a wonderful subtle nuttiness on the end of this wine. A wonderful sipper or great with grilled pork or a cheese platter.
Columbia Crest Chardonnay is not at all oaky and it is not a super heavy heavy Chard. Apple, melon and a touch of butterscotch on the palate. A nice creamy buttery finish lingers for quite a while. Medium bodied and perfect with roasted sweet potatoes! “Wine Spectator 90 pts”
Columbia Crest Unoaked Chardonay is a wine for Chardonnay haters. It isn’t your typical Chardonnay and might surprise a few people. Lighter bodied with lemon and orange aromas. Citrus and fruit on the palate with well balanced acidity. Which just means there is acidity, but it isn’t like sucking on a slice of lemon. This is the perfect sipping wine or even great with grilled veggies or roasted chicken.
Now on to the reds for you seasonal consumers!
Cabernet Sauvignon to some is meant to be BIG, BOLD and sometimes DRY. Not the case with Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon. One might say this is certainly a BOLD red, but it is much more fruit forward than some Cabs. This is not a bad thing! This is a great wine for folks who may be hesitant on Cabs because they associate them with BIG and DRY. Plum and chocolate jump out at you when you sniff and sip. It is a pleasant wine to sip on and even a nice pair with grilled meats. “Wine Spectator 90 pts”
Columbia Crest Merlot is a very tasty wine. Full of dark cherries and chocolate. Smooth once you sip it, long lasting finish. Pair this with a steak with some blue cheese on top – you won’t be disappointed!
Columbia Crest Red Blend is a combination of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Bold raspberry and cherry explode on the palate when you take the first sip. Leather and spice take you to the finish. This is a great sipping wine, it is even good with those football foods like wings!
Columbia Crest Syrah is a simple wine. Its pleasant on the palate. Dried herbs, currant and pepper fill the glass. Dark fruit on the palate with a touch of smoke. A great grilled meats wine or roasted veggies wine.
All these wines are listed at $12 a bottle, however, places like Trader Joe’s, Total Wine the price tag is under $8. These are great wines at a great value. Don’t let the price tag sway you. There is a wine for everyone and every palate. Try one, try several and you’re sure to fall in love the the value!