Now that Halloween candy has been sampled and savored, adults can shift focus back to our own treats. Namely, wines to partner with the heady days of autumn. As October's ghosts drift away, consider these offerings to celebrate bracing November and the party season ahead.
The following bottles come in a variety of styles sure to please most palates with the exception of those who desire sweet.
Bisol Prosecco "Jeio" Brut NV (Italy) - A dependable value choice from Bisol, one of Veneto's consistent and well-regarded producers of Prosecco. Jeio is dry, medium-bodied, with a lively mouthfeel, and avoids the cloying all-apple tones of many everyday Prosecco bottlings. Jeio makes an easy aperitif, on holidays and during the week. But you can drink it with fish or a baguette, mild cheese, and the last of roasted or sautéed garden greens. Also available in Brut Rose and Extra Dry formats in select markets. Vias Imports. About $12.00-$14.00 nationally.
2014 Terre Nere Etna Rosso (Sicily) - If a medium-bodied red appeals, then meet the grapes Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio, typical partners in many Sicilian reds. Gentle red fruits carry sneaky intensity of flavor and aromas with a bolstering mineral, volcanic soil-infused edge. Very easy to drink and match with meals (think roast pork tenderloin or simple roasted chicken and fall vegetables). If you like this, treat yourself to one of Terre Nere's cru bottlings from Santa Spirito, Calderara Sottana, or Feudo di Mezzo; all at higher prices than the basic Rosso. Marc de Grazia Selections. About $20 nationally.
2014 Domaine Saint Eugenie Corbieres (France) - A meaty, savory blend of nearly equal parts Grenache and Syrah, bolstered by about 40% old vine Carignan. Wines from Corbieres in southwest France are often ample but can be blunt. Herve Gantier's version is most often succulent and a joy to drink for the seamless red fruit and country herb notes. Broad and fresh enough to make me yearn for my wife's cassoulet on the side. Saint Eugenie's rose, now gone for the year from most shelves, is also worth seeking out when it arrives in spring. About $10.00-$12.00 nationally for the rouge.
2014 Kunin Paso Robles Zinfandel (Caiifornia) - Picture a bottle of firm Zinfandel crammed with rich, raspberry fruit, with a texture that won't tire after one glass, and with an impression that clings in the best way to your memory. Grab the 2014 if you can still find it. Copious fruit and tiny production from one of California's key regions for Zinfandel production. Satisfying alone or with grilled Sirloin and hash browns. About $25.00-$30.00 nationally.