My only requirement when it comes to wine is that each glass is accompanied by a well-intentioned “Cheers!” Whether you’re planning to host a dinner or simply catch up with a few friends, these wines will pair perfectly with your next fall get-together.
Vivanterre was founded by designer Rosie Assoulin and her husband. The natural wine brand’s fashionable Orange Contact tastes of peaches, tropical fruit, flowers and ginger. Get into this unusual vino while listening to a favorite record at sunset.
Pétillant naturel wines are having a moment for all the right reasons. Hollyhock’s No. 11 pét-nat is a bubbly lover’s dream, complete with a complex finish. Pop a bottle to celebrate a special occasion — or simply making it through the week. (Available in the Twin Cities at Henry & Son.)
Avaline is a brand of clean wines founded by actress Cameron Diaz and entrepreneur Katherine Power. Red (Diaz’s favorite) is a refreshingly light treat that tastes of cherry with a subtle touch of spice. Pour this wine with a side of popcorn for a night around the fire.
Field Recordings’ wines are all about flavor — with none of the pretension. Skins is a crisp orange wine somewhat akin to a white wine but with a whole lot more body and layers. Enjoy this wine with a funky cheese plate. (Available in the Twin Cities at Henry & Son.)
Stolpman Vineyards creates its wines with a witty sensibility and a focus on sustainability. Crunchy Rôastie is a complex blend of grapes that have been picked while still “crunchy” and are fermented to yield a deep flavor. Serve this alongside a savory multi-course meal.
Forlorn Hope’s Queen of the Sierra is an amber wine that is equal parts elegant and hip. This natural vino is super aromatic and nuanced from the first sip to the last. Open a bottle to accompany that long-awaited catch-up with a good friend. (Available in the Twin Cities at Henry & Son.)