It’s November, and the prime days of fall are here. Just because you’re getting out your sweaters and boots, doesn’t mean you also have to banish all but red wines from your table.
White wine can be delicious in the chilly afternoons and evenings of autumn, and is a perfect pairing for some of the best seasonal meals, like acorn squash, pumpkin ravioli, or roast chicken.
Here are some of our most exciting, affordable white wines at Henry’s, which are perfect for fall and early winter:
Arndorfer, Gruner Veltliner / Riesling $19
We love the bright, fresh, and lively wines of Martin and Anna Arndorfer, a husband-and-wife team in the Kamptal, northern Austria. This one, a blend of 80 percent Gruner Veltliner plus a boost of Riesling is bone-dry, snappy, and full of aromatic stonefruit notes. It will quickly become your Friday night favorite.
Pair With: Goat cheese, mushrooms, acorn squash
Ruth Lewandowski, “Chilion,” Cortese $32
Here are a few fun facts about the Lewandowski wines: they are made by Evan Lewandowski, in a winery in Utah, with grapes from California, and the name “Ruth” is inspired by the story of Ruth in the Bible. Ruth was a pagan Moabite who married into the Israeli tribe, and maybe Evan is a bit of an outsider in Utah, being a natural winemaker in a Mormon state. This wine, made from the Italian grape Cortese, sees a few days of skin contact – which is when white grapes are left with their skins on to develop some color and tannin – which makes it slightly more robust than most whites.
Pair With: Roast chicken, salami, pork, Alpine style cheeses
Chateau Fontvert, “Les Restanques,” Vermentino / Grenache Blanc $14
This wine is such a good value. Thanks to the combination of hand-harvested Vermentino and Grenache Blanc, from the warm climate of Southern France, it’s aromatic and rich, but also dry. That makes it ideal for just sipping on its own, as your weeknight Netflix wine, but it’s also perfect for just about any kind of light food.
Pair with: Pizza, pasta, Kimmy Schmidt
Haut Planty, Mouskadig Breizh $15
An oxidized Muscadet – whaaaa? We think it’s a little weird, too, but weird in a good way. Oxidation happens when air comes into contact with wine. It gives it a savory, unctuous flavor, and a bit of body – which can be quite nice, especially in cooler weather. Muscadet is a region in Western France that makes white wine from a grape called Melon de Bourgogne, which is dry, crisp, and full of fresh fruit notes like pear and peach. And the price is right, for sure.
Pair with: Vegetable lasagna, quinoa, fish, salty cheeses