After Rosé: The Best Wines to Take You into the Colder Months

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Wine is great anytime of year, but as the seasons change, your vino of choice should change too. From a juicy, berry-forward Pinot Noir to a spicy Zinfandel with hints of clove and allspice, to a sparkler to pair with pie, these wines are the ones to reach for when the mercury drops.

1. 2012 Tyee Wine Cellars Estate Pinot Noir, ($35)

Tyee Wine’s 2012 Estate Pinot Noir is perfect for any fall feast. Rich with the taste of cherries, tart red currants, and raspberries, this Oregon-made wine is a natural pair for your Thanksgiving feast and beyond. Buy it here.

2.  2011 Croft Vineyards Savoir Vivre Organic Pinot Noir, ($35)

This organic Savoir Vivre Pinot Noir, also made in Oregon, has a completely different profile than the Tyee Pinot, with a flavor that hints at chocolate and orange. It’s a lighter bodied, yet full flavored wine, and an inky glass would pair well with Thanksgiving pie. Buy it here.

3. 2013 Terra d’Oro Amador Zinfandel, ($13)

A glass of this spicy Zinfandel, made from grapes grown in the Sierra foothills of California, will warm you from the inside out. This gutsy wine has hints of blackberries, clove and allspice and pairs well with robust roasted meats, especially beef and lamb. We’d also recommend pairing it with a fireside chat with friends. Buy it here.

4. 2014 J. Lohr Gesture Grenache Rosé, ($18)

Though summertime is typically considered rosé season, don’t let that stop you from uncorking a bottle come fall. This rosé, made with grenache grapes, has bright acidity and a whiff of kumquats on the nose. But the wine also has backbone—meaning it’s robust enough to pair with a fall feast. Buy it here.

5. 2014 Cascinetta Vietti Moscato D’Asti, ($14)

This sparkler has aromas of peach, ginger and pear, making it a nice light option for fall and winter festivities. The best part? It looks like it will pair well with a slice of pumpkin pieBuy it here.

6. 2013 Domaine le Garrigon Cotes du Rhone, ($11)

Looking for a weeknight wine that’s perfect for cold weather? With notes of vanilla, plum, cloves and blackberries, this versatile Rhone red is a pleasing wine. It’s also only $11, so you might want to consider a case to get you through the end of the year. Buy it here.

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