Fall is all about getting together with friends and family, not sure exactly why but it just seems like the comfy season to sit at home while chatting it up. When guests come to my house, a new bottle of wine is always waiting for them to engage them in relaxation throughout their duration at my house. Drylands has come out with the perfect fall wine selection that goes great with all those cinnamon and pumpkin flavored meals and snacks.
A weekend ago a group of friends were coming over for a little get-together full of appetizers and fantastic wine. Since the seasons have changed, so has our house wine list for party celebrations. Usually my husband and I prefer to serve at least one white wine and one red one. During the summer we prefer a nice and cool German White wine however in the fall we wanted to have something a little more robust and spicy that matched the foods of the season. We found a selection at our local spirits store called Drylands Sauvignon Blanc from 2006. It was not a disappointment.
Appearance/Visual: The white wine had almost perfect clarity and looked healthy. It had a light yellowish color however was not as dark as say lemonade. It was easily seen through in the wine glass which is important to wine drinkers.
Nose/Smell: It does hold a medium level of body in the bouquet however is not overpowering intense to non-wine drinkers.
Sweetness/dryness: This is a really dry white wine; it can not be compared to a gewürztraminer. Due to the characteristics of the fall season snack foods that tend to be sweet, this dry white wine pairs perfectly to hold back a little of the sugar.
Acidity: This is a sophisticated white wine, therefore it does have a slightly higher level of acidity which can make some people pucker with the flavor. Seasoned wine drinkers will find this selection to be very crisp.
Weight/Body: Since this is a white wine, it does have a lighter body. It is not as heavy as sophisticated white wines.
Fruit: Much to my amusement, this white wine tastes a lot like pineapple and other tropical fruits. In fact, when my husband and I first took a sip of this wine that is what we both stated. It has other herbal flavors however are not very prominent over the pineapple flavor. Years ago, many farmers would use pineapples in the southern states and place chunks into pumpkin soup in the fall months. I am reminded of this flavor when I drink the wine and eat pumpkin cookies or pumpkin soup.
Cost: Although prices vary in different areas, the bottle we purchased was around $15.00.
So, if you are looking for a good fall white wine that pairs with the fall foods of the season, try this Sauvignon Blanc from Drylands. It is good paired with foods but also warms the body on those cold nights as an after dinner wine.
Note: This wine has just won the honorary 90 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.