Autumnal Wines To Curl Up With

After enjoying a little bit of an Indian Summer, it seems as though the Autumnal winds are blowing. My heating went on for the first time last night and the slippers made an appearances after a Summer hibernation. The Weatherman says the cold is coming and with the amount of wind and rain we’ve seen over the last few days, why would we doubt him? Which means it’s time to start looking at those autumnal wines that suit the colder weather.

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Before you know it, Halloween will be here with all kinds of ghosts and ghouls roaming the streets, whether you partake in Halloween or not, a good wine to enjoy in front of the fire is a must. Recently I cornered one of our wine buyers and asked him for some wine recommendations, with the cold nipping at my toes and an empty wine-rack, I needed some advice. However I’m no selfish man, so I thought I’d share the advice I was given with you, and hopefully you can enjoy the wines I’ll be enjoying over the coming months.

Wilson Family Reserve Comald Merlot Cabinet Shiraz 2013 – £14.99

This was a new one for me and I was advised to serve it with a good Sunday Roast, so this weekend with a roast beef dinner cooking in the background and smelling absolutely delicious, we opened up this huge red (14.5%) and let it breath a little. After a couple of sips along with a mouthful of roast beef and horseradish sauce, I could instantly understand why it currently holds a 4.4/5 star rating on the site. It’s not the cheapest bottle you’ll find, but for a bit of indulgence on a Sunday, in front of a roaring fire, you can’t go wrong at all. Now I’ll have to restock ahead of Christmas!

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Project One Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – £14.99

I love American wines, in fact if I’m being honest I love America full stop, the culture, the food, the sport and the wine is the cherry on top. I’ve tried pretty much every single wine from the USA on our site, however with this one being a relatively new addition, I hadn’t had the chance to try it yet. Luckily there was a bottle open in the tasting room, so I got to try before I buy, something a lot of our customers do at our tasting events throughout the year. Rich, classy with vanilla notes, it ticked all the boxes. It was only after I had tried this wine that Andrew Baker our head wine buyer said he has personally blended it, so a hat tip to that man and his palate.

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The Big Mo’ Viognier 2014 – £9.99

It’s easy to think solely of red wines when you think Autumn! However that would be a mistake, there is a whole host of beautiful white wines out there to enjoy on a cold night in front of the fire. After all, when the wine is lashing against the window panes and you need a canoe just to get to the local shops, why wouldn’t you want to be sipping on something with a lot of zip, with flavours of peach and apricot, reminding you to enjoy the Winter because the Summer will be back in no time at all. It’s fragrant, it’s intense and it has a pretty cool label as well, not that it should influence you at all, it’s just a lovely bonus!

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