Autumn is my favourite time of the year. From the Glorious Twelfth throughout until the end of the year. Partridge, venison, every type of squash imaginable, all come out singing. Dishes of lentils and heavier pulses and grains suddenly make more sense. Wild mushrooms grow, and later truffles come from across the channel.
My drinking habits change too. Not only is there a rebalance of the primary grape colours, but things turn more celebratory too. Prized bottles you’ve kept for months suddenly catch your eye as you think of an occasion to open them. This weekend with some close friends over for a meal of little more than roast squash, with platters of cheese, we opened Grappin’s Bourgogne Aligoté.
It’s not just favourite bottles however. Celebrations call for sparkling wines. This weekend, an English sparkling red blew me away, and an Italian pet-nat reminded me that Italy has far more sparkling to it than Prosecco.
Finally, Autumn calls for desserts. I’ve never had much of a sweet tooth but I’ve found one develop in recent years. As I tucked one of the last slices of fruitcake my grandmother made for me recently, I paired it with another light and fun Italian wine: a dessert wine that is a lot of fun.
There’s no Learn section this week: just a dedication instead to some lovely wines that I’ve devoured this Autumn.