We swap our wardrobes according to seasons and the same goes with our
wine: whites in spring, rosés in summer, and reds all fall through winter. Just as we don't wear shorts in snow, we also don't sip rosés with a Thanksgiving feast — right? Well, not exactly. Fall and winter's wine lineup can actually cover a spectrum of reds, whites, and even pinks. In other words: summer may be ending, but rosé season isn't over yet. We consulted certified wine educator and founder of Wine Savvy NYC, Sayle Milne, to guide us through the different bottle shades of fall. "There are many delicious wines to transition you into cooler temps," Milne tells Refinery29. "Maybe you are not ready for that 'January wine' you would drink by the fire... No problem. Let’s talk some lighter red wine options and slightly fuller-bodied white wines as we turn the calendar pages." Ahead, Milne takes us through rosés fit for turkey and stuffing, whites that aren't all buttery Chardonnays, and some surprising lighter-bodied red options. Scroll on to get your wine wardrobe on-trend for the upcoming season. There is a lot of product out there — some would say too much. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team, but if you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Rosé: Grenache/Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cinsault/Rolle
"My hope is that we can see rosé as a red wine that drinks like a white wine and that means it should be in your refrigerator 365 days a year."
Bieler Pere Et Fils Sabine
Rosé Aix-en-Provence 2017 (France), $, available at
Shop Wine Direct More Rosé: Grenache/Cinsault
"A rosé is so brilliant with turkey, stuffing, and all the Thanksgiving goodness, not to mention your fall BBQs and football Saturdays, most especially rosés made from more full-bodied grapes like Grenache, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon."
Tavel Roc-Epine Grenache/Cinsault Rose 2018, $, available at
Empire Wine More Rosé: Cabernet Franc/Grolleau/Gamay
"Rosés that are slightly off-dry (sweet) like ones from the Anjou region of France’s Loire Valley are your fall meal's best friend."
Rose d'Anjou 2018, $, available at
Wine.com More Rosé: Cabernet Sauvignon
"For many, Thanksgiving is the final swan song for rosé till the following spring. I say drink what you like, when you like, just make sure that the rosé you are buying is not more than a year old. (Look for that year on the label; this is called the vintage). With very few exceptions and because of the way rosé is made, it cannot age and should be consumed within one year of bottling. So, don’t forget to look for rosés from the southern hemisphere (like South Africa and Argentina) that will be younger than those from the northern hemisphere."
Mulderbosch - Rose of Cabernet 2017, $, available at
Shamrock Wine & Liquor More White: Bordeaux Blanc
"Let's not forget that white wines can move away from light and crisp and head more towards round and unctuous in the colder months. Case in point, Sémillon. This white grape is often mixed with Sauvignon Blanc, and the two grapes together produce wines that are more dense, yet still maintain the acidity that makes them so food-friendly. I really enjoy Sémillon from France, most specifically from Bordeaux where they are typically very affordable. Ask for 'White Bordeaux' next time you are in your wine shop."
Bordeaux Blanc 2016 750ml, $, available at
67 Wine More White: Viognier
"If you are a Chardonnay fan but want to try a different style of fuller white wine, you need to seek out Viognier (Vee-own-yay) yesterday. This grape hails from Southern France and has an overwhelmingly delicious honeysuckle quality, along with peaches and cooking spices like vanilla. If you think all white wines are light and thin, this wine will change your perception. This is another wine that I feel truly belongs on your Thanksgiving table."
La Forge Estate
Viognier 2015, $, available at
Wine.com More White: Grüner Veltliner
"I am a huge fan of Austria’s Grüner Veltliner with Thanksgiving foods because it shows great acidity and minerality (which means it can stand up to and cut through all those heavy sauces and gravies). Try this delightful Grüner that won’t break the bank!"
Aichenberg Premium Gruner Veltliner 2018, $, available at
Wine.com More Red: Pinot Noir
"Though obvious to most, Pinot Noir should be your fall go-to. This lighter red wine is one of the most food-friendly that exists."
Oregon Pinot Noir, $, available at
Wine Transit More Red: Pinot Noir
"The birthplace of Pinot Noir (Burgundy, France) makes the best in the world, IMO, but if your wallet cannot swing it, seek out Pinot Noir from Oregon, most especially those of the Willamette Valley (pronounced as Will-AM-it)."
Pinot Noir Oregon 2014 (375ml), $, available at
Columbus Avenue Wines & Spirits More Red: Pinot Noir
"These wines can range from floral to having hints of cherries, cola, earth and cooking spices."
King Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, $, available at
Wine Deals More Red: Zinfandel
"Also in your arsenal of fall reds should be Zinfandel (called Primitivo in Italy). My favorite region for Zins from the USA is Lodi, CA. These wines are smooth, with hints of smoke, tobacco, and dark fruits."
Primitivo Torcicoda Salento, $, available at
67 Wine More Red: Zinfandel
"If a slightly lighter style of Zinfandel is more your speed, hop over to the southern Italian region of Puglia. These wines are more earthy and less fruit-forward. After one sip, you will understand why Zinfandel/Primitivo needs to be in your glass this fall. I find that Zin/Primitivo appeals to the Pinot Noir lover (think lighter red wine) and those who enjoy a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (more full-bodied red wine), so if you are having company with lots of different palates over, go with a Zin/Primitivo or better yet, buy one of each and compare!"
Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine 2014 (750ml), $, available at
Columbus Avenue Wines & Spirits More Red: Dolcetto
"Aside from the Pinot Noirs and the Zins/Primitivos mentioned above, I also love Dolcetto. This amazing Italian red wine is a dream with pizzas and marinara dishes. It is simple and easy drinking. Think of it as your favorite pair of jeans. You don’t have to overthink it. It’s just there and it works."
Massolino Dolcetto D'alba 2016, $, available at
Saratoga Wine Exchange More Red Trend Alert: Touriga Nacional
"If Port is all that comes to mind when you think of Portugal, get your cork screw ready... In addition to being delicious, their wines bring an amazing value (means you can buy more bottles). Portugal’s long history of making wines puts it in a category very worthy of your exploration. You may not recognize the grapes on the labels, but don’t let that deter you.
Where to start? Perfect for fall is a full-bodied red wine called Touriga Nacional from a region called the Douro. If you put this wine into a boxing ring with (fill in the blank with a big, hearty red wine you love), Touriga Nacional would walk away with the belt. Spend some serious time in the Portugal section of your wine store. With incredible red wines, white wines and fortified wines, it could be your one-stop shop."
Quinta das Carvalhas
Touriga Nacional Douro, $, available at
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