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Autumn is the time of year when fiery oranges and vibrant gold’s appear on the vineyard landscape. Harvest unofficially concludes in October, but for those of you already moving toward the holidays, the cool air is reason-enough to consider the perfect wine your holiday guests might enjoy at the Thanksgiving table. We’ve compiled a fall wine-list with selections that perfectly match hearty soups, turkey and experiences that are unique to autumn.
Before the full-blown holiday season arrives, we temper our menus with lighter selections and treats from the garden. Fish and fowl accompany the last vine-ripened tomatoes, succulent squash and fresh baked goods. These dishes are often spiced up and treated with Asian flair. We suggest you pair them with WineHaven GewÃ¼rztraminer ($13.99). It contains floral aromas combined with pear and pineapple tones to create a pleasant mix of citrus and spice at the finish.
For those of you with heartier appetites, and a fondness for red wines to accompany autumn’s array of produce, artisanal cheeses and meat offerings, we recommend WineHaven Marechal Foch ($11.99). This light and refreshing medium-dry red wine contains smooth berry aromas with a subtle oak finish. This locally-grown wine has won medals at the San Francisco International Wine Competition for four consecutive years.
Looking for something that would pair well not only with a variety of festive holiday foods, but also for enjoying around a crackling fire? Try WineHaven’s Cranberry Wine ($14.99). Made from 100% fresh cranberries, this wine contains the perfect combination of sweet cranberry overtones balanced by a crisp, delicious finish. Not too sweet, this wine is excellent with a Thanksgiving dinner.
Surprise mom and dad when trick-or-treating this year! Give them a bottle of WineHaven’s Pumpkin Wine ($14.99). Handcrafted from pumpkins, this unique wine is as enjoyable as a stroll in the pumpkin patch during a crisp autumn day. Hints of nutmeg & ginger at the finish are reminiscent of pumpkin pie.
WineHaven’s unique selection of award-winning wines are available at the winery and fine retailers throughout Minnesota. For a complete listing, visit winehaven.com.