One of the greatest attributes of autumn, at least for wine geeks, is that it’s release season! Many wineries release their latest vintages in the fall and as is generally the case, many of these young wines tend to be exuberantly fruity and very structured at the same time. With all that flavor and the spicy, smoky effects of new oak still obvious, wines such as this call for some big, rich dishes.
Classic examples of wines that come on strong in the fall include Bordeaux blends and Syrah, wines that typically benefit from several years in the cellar but can be irresistible right on release. Both Syrah and Cabernet-based blends love lamb, and lamb loves to be grilled, so for a real treat this fall, grill up some lamb ribs and pop a cork on a current release red! The classic Italian preparation used for Scottadito (finger burners, and you know that’s true!), redolent of garlic and rosemary, is a perfect foil for a rich red.
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