fall favorites

I don’t really love Fall. Maybe it’s because I’m not a huge fan of PSL’s, apples, or really anything pumpkin. And before you even say it, I know this doesn’t make sense. What thirty-something mid-twenties, married, Oregonian woman doesn’t just LOVE FALL?! Well, me. Sorry, but not sorry. To me, Fall is kind of depressing.. It marks the end of summer, letting legs hang free in those short shorts, swimsuit season, poolside BBQs, summer night shenanigans…I could go on and on.

To make matters worse, this year, Fall completely blindsided me and came into the Willamette Valley with a “take no prisoners” mean girl attitude. I mean seriously, Fall didn’t even give me a chance to properly grieve the passing of Summer.. Which, as my sweet friend Kayla would say, “Fall was kind of an a$$h@le”.

I ranted about Fall, and it’s thoughtlessness to both my neighbor and husband for about a week, and then yesterday my dad showed up for a visit with this totally gorg bouquet of flowers. In all Fall-ish colors. He even brought some of these to-die-for pumpkin spice cream cheese frosted cookie bars…Which had me screaming, “shut the front door  Fall! I’m supposed to seriously dislike you”!

Paint me the a$$h@le.

Anyway, today I woke up, laid my eyes on my pretty bouquet and decided I was going to make the best of this Fall day and share with you some of my favorite, go-to wines that are PERFECT for this season.

I’ve even linked them for you in case you want to try them!

1. Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir $22- this baby wins serious points in the world of wine, 90 points & Editor’s Choice – Wine Enthusiast, and is a staple on our shelf. It’s great anytime of the year, but particularly when root vegetables, cranberries, turkey become more staple menu items. This wine will please any palate and is a great introductory wine for people just beginning to explore reds! Juicy, fruity and delicious!

2. Maryhill Rosso Granato $32.40- we adore this wine. Great color, rich flavor, full bodied with a smooth finish. It’s a Petite Sirah and Zinfandel blend, so it can stand up to some serious meat. We keep at least six bottles of this on hand at all times, it serves as the perfect accompaniment to a meal with friends!

3. Va Piano Syrah Columbia Valley $45- a little bit more spendy, but you’re paying for small production, big flavor and premium grapes from the Columbia Valley in Washington. This wine is perfect for a special occasion, to open with family and friends who love wine or just cause you feel like drinking something delicious!

4. L’Ecole Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla $39- L’Ecole makes some darn good wine and this is no exception. Robust, rich, 100% Cabernet and made from seven of the best vineyard sites in Walla Walla, you will love everything about this wine.

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