October is my favourite month because I love autumn and this is when leaves turn brown, weather gets colder, I can wear my favourite jumpers and curl up on the sofa with a glass of wine. I am so grateful for the time I spend like this in Autumn, and I decided to shortlist four wines that you too can enjoy this time a year. Exclusively red and orange wines, in tune with the seasonal colour palette.
Le Coste Rosso Di Gaetano, 2019
Red blend of Sangiovese, Syrah and other indigenous grape varieties, by Italian winemakers Le Coste (from Lazio, Central Italy). Purchased from Forest Wines (London). Flavour profile. Intensely coloured, ruby, very smooth, medium bodied, low tannin, kind of funky and forest-fruity but the smoothness brings you back to earth. In fact, it's very earthy and mineral, savoury and spiced. A very interesting red that pairs well with Autumn.
Strekov 1075, Fred #5, NV
Red blend of indigenous grape varieties such as Dunaj and Alibernet, by Slovakian winemaker Strekov 1075. Purchased from Forest Wines (London). Flavour profile. Intensely fruity on the nose, you can immediately smell ripe black cherries, blackcurrants and blackberries, slight funkiness. Very smooth and fruity on the palate, low tannin, pleasant acidity, mineral. Try it lightly chilled to enhance the fruit profile.
Le Coste Bianchetto, 2019
Skin contact white, blend of Procanico, Malvasia and Moscato by the same wine maker as the Italian red wine above. Purchased from Forest Wines (London). Flavour profile. A proper orange wine, with all the slightly bitter, astringent feels. Lots of structure to the body, mineral, acidity and stone/tropical fruit, pumpkin-spiced, floral/chamomile, all round the perfect wine for an Italian pasta dish (I'm thinking maltagliati with spicy 'nduja and lemon).
Offbeat Wines Skinny Dip, 2018
First orange wine release from emerging natural winemaker Offbeat Wines from Devon, England. 100% Solaris, a grape variety that is very close to Pinot Gris and Riesling, and is able to ripen in colder climates. Purchased from Salthouse Bottles (London). Fermentation in Amphora for 3 months. Flavour profile. The kind of apricot-y fruit bomb you won't forget!
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