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October Merriment

Oct 25, 2011
October Merriment
Best wines we drank this month.

fall_wine_grapesFall is in full swing and though we can’t say we are looking forward to the chilly months ahead, we happen to love this time of year. Everything seems just a little more vibrant and colorful, especially the wine in our glasses.

This past month we sipped and shared wines for every reason imaginable and throughout our adventures, we found some real winners. Read on for all of our favorite October wines and be sure to let us know what thrilling flavor was in your glass this month.


ajr-new-headshot_100x100 Domaine Dujac Morey St. Denis, 2006 ($91). A delicious red Burgundy with a lovely nose of black cherry that evolves into a sinewy palate laden with earth and stewed cherries. It was the perfect choice for my birthday celebration early this month. I feel very fortunate to have such fabulously generous, wine-loving friends! Find the wine here.

aa-headshot_100x100Camillo Donati Malvasia, 2009 ($20).  My wine pick for the Oktoberfest month quite appropriately has characteristics in common with great Belgian ales. In fact, if I had tasted it blind and been told it was a beer, I just might have been fooled. This biodynamically made wine is orange in color and has a bit of effervescence. I found it refreshing on its own, but it also paired nicely with a light pasta dish. Find it here.

jonny_100x100_re_fixSchramsberg Blanc de Blancs, 2008 ($36). I recently tasted this sparkler at Around Napa Valley in 80 Sips in San Francisco. It has great lemon/lime zesty flavors and is really refreshing. It would be perfect with some melon wrapped in prosciutto. Their 2004 J Schram is also really tasty if you are in the mood to go big and break the bank. You can buy the wine here.

kim-smallSergio Mottura Poggio Della Costa Grechetto, 2009 ($15). This is a really delicious, crisp, full, fruity white from central Italy. It won a coveted Tre Bicchieri (Three Glasses) award, which is the highest and most prestigious honor an Italian producer can receive. Vines were first planted in this vineyard in 1292 so expect to experience terroir! The label has really cute porcupine illustration and you can find it here.

leta-photo_100x100Blue Plate Chenin Blanc, 2010 ($10). I am absolutely enamored with this Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg, CA. It is ridiculously affordable, bursting with flavor and goes down like adult water. I was thrilled to see it on the by the glass list at Don Pisto’s in San Francisco. I’m officially dubbing this my go-to taco wine. It was outstanding with their carne asada and carnitas tacos. Try a bottle. You won’t be disappointed. Find the wine here.

michelle_mccabeM. Autumn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, 2007 ($29). I had this wine at El Paseo in Mill Valley to celebrate joining the Bottlenotes team as the national events coordinator. I highly suggest trying this amazing wine AND this fantastic restaurant. Our wonderful server recommended we try this pinot. It was described as silky, sexy and smooth and that is exactly what it was. It was delicious by itself and paired flawlessly with my perfectly prepared filet. Find the wine here.

What was your favorite wine this month? Tell us what about it below.

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