2018 Domaine Paul Autard Chateauneuf-du-Pape
The holidays are always such a special time to spend with family and friends; my husband and I love taking wine to all the festivities. I usually pick a white and a red, and they are typically French or Italian. My go-to these days is the 2018 Paul Autard Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a wonderfully delicious grenache, syrah and mourvèdre blend. For me, this is a perfect fall wine with its notes of dark fruit, baking spice and a touch of pepper. As a pairing, this is perfect for turkey-and-stuffing lovers as well as green bean casserole aficionados like me.
Where to buy Enjoy it by the glass or bottle at Bob’s; a bottle retails for around $44 at Roy Pope Grocery in Fort Worth, or order through your favorite wine merchant.
An English Amber Ale with 6.1 percent ABV, Funny Accent is one of our year-round house beers. With notes of toffee, biscuit and a touch of herbal bitterness, this beer pairs excellently with many dishes, especially those with bready, roasted notes. It’s perfect for fall weather and Thanksgiving.
Where to buy Get it to go from Funky Picnic; $10.50 for a 32-ounce crowler.
2021 Chateau Pradeaux Bandol
This wine is a blend of 80 percent mourvèdre and 20 percent cinsault. A rich rosé, it complements delicate flavors but can stand up to the savory spices of Thanksgiving dishes. My second pick would be Rootdown Rosé, which is 100 percent trousseau. This wine has notes of cherry and strawberry backed by stone fruit and citrus. There is a light touch of spice on the finish, but it is still bright and fresh.
Where to buy Magnolia sells bottles of the Chateau Pradeaux Bandol for $75 and the Rootdown Rosé is $56.
2020 Roagna Dolcetto d’Alba
A lot of sommeliers and industry professionals like to pair lighter wine styles with heavy foods such as turkey with buttery mashed potatoes and gravy or a sweet glazed ham with sage stuffing. Dolcetto is a grape from Piedmont in Northern Italy that does just that. This wine is clean, uses no pesticides or herbicides, and is made using a technique called “pied de cuve,” which means the wine begins fermentation with native yeasts that are already in the vineyard (a very “natural” wine process). It’s light on the palate, finishes dry and helps reset your taste buds between bites. Or just enjoy drinking a glass on the patio with family and friends. Roagna Dolcetto is special because they are growing the dolcetto grapes in historic vineyards and source from two in particular, Pajè and Carso. These vineyards are in the heart of the village of Barbaresco and produce some of the greatest nebbiolo grapes destined to make Barbaresco.
Where to buy It retails for around $28; Riojas is considering it for the wine list at 61 Osteria.