5 Fantastic Wines to Kick Off Fall


• 2009 Glorioso, Rioja, Spain $14

(WS 91 pt., One of my top 2016 picks under $15. Plus it’s a 2009, so you might consider getting a case! This juicy red is perfect with everything from grilled flank steak to baby back ribs.)


• 2013, Anko, Malbec, Argentina $14

(W&S 91 pt., This may just be one of the better red wine values I’ve seen in recent weeks. Not to mention Wine & Spirits magazine named this 2013 vintage “Malbec of the Year.” This hefty red is super-drinkable with tons of fruit and a touch of smokiness. As comfortable with a hunk of Parmesan cheese as it is alongside a ribeye steak.)


• 2014, Albert Brichot, Château Long-Depaquit, Chablis, France $16

(If you’ve followed Jones Is Thirsty for any length of time, then you know how much I love Chablis, and not just in warm weather. This crisp French Chardonnay is perfect for those who want something with more flair than, say, Pinot Grigio, but not something as big and oaky as a California Chardonnay. One of my favorite white wines for tailgating.)


• 2015, Gérared Bertrand, Cote des Roses Rosé, France $12

(I don’t know that I’ve ever had a bad bottle of wine from Gérard Bertand. White, red or rosé, Bertrand wines are always the hit of the party and an awesome value. This dry, mid-weight blush is perfect for hanging around the grill or relaxing at the lake. Worth seeking out at your local wine store.)


• 2013, Mossback, Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, California $16

(W&S 92 pt., This powerhouse red from Sonoma’s famed Chalk Hill appellation is rich and ready for that pepper-rubbed, smoked brisket or grilled lamb chops.)


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