Is it still pretty hot out? Did you get a last-minute heat wave? We did here! Well, then I'd recommend a fresh and tart Gruner Veltliner (I have to confess, this was also one of my summer sipper recommendations- but bear with me.) It is light and acidic, with sort of mineral, lemon, and green apple notes. But what makes it good for fall? It will happily provide balance to all of the creamy, rich, fried food cravings that accompany autumn weather (tell me it isn't just me that starts trying to store up for the winter!)
My second Austrian pick is a red Zweigelt. It really isn't anything majorly wow-inducing- you aren't going to age this one for years, or save it for your anniversary or birthday. That said, it is a dang tasty, easy-drinking wine. Light in body and easy on the tannins, it has some sort of light cherry and currant notes with a hint of earthy undertone. Simple and delightful. Again, it has enough acidity and low alcohol content to be a great versatile food pairing. It'll go well with whatever food cravings fall brings to YOU. Pick one up and give it a whirl!
Did you know?
The most widely planted grape variety in the world is... (drumroll please)... Thompson Seedless! That's right! Wine grapes, though pretty popular the world-over make way for those green table grapes you so often see at the grocery store (and though we used them for a demo in a crusher when I was in school, I think Mr. T would have something to say about someone who actually tried to make wine from Thompson Seedless...)