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Top Wines For Fall – Part II

Last week we introduced you to four of the wines that our team’s been reaching for now that the mercury is dipping into the 50s. Here are a few more that we recommend. Give them a try – we think you’ll love them as much as we do.

Ravines Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes, NY
An adult wine from the Finger Lakes with lots to offer, and just a little chip on its shoulder about how much attention New York City gets compared to the Finger Lakes. Kinda like Providence. Flavors of dusty berries, baking spice & black pepper mean this wine loves pork, red meat & game, with creamy potatoes & wilted greens on the side. You’re welcome.

B.R. Cohn Silver Label Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma/Napa, CA
This is the bruiser of our Fall Wine Picks: it’s a big, straightforward cabernet sucker-punch to the mouth, tailor made for easy-drinking on cool New England fall nights. Preferably with hearty food with some fat. Maybe like a grilled sirloin or lamb chops, you ask? Yeah, that’d be nice.

Domaine Maby Rosé, Tavel, France
You know what we say here at Bottles – anytime is a good time for rosé! In the fall, we trade in our whisper-light versions for those with more heft to stand up to a morning frost on the pumpkin. Tavel wines have that weight, along with sultry floral aromas that make it a great dance partner with the roasted chicken, pork or veggies you’ve been craving.

Yves Cuilleron Marsanne, Rhone, France
There are few whites that are as food friendly as the under-appreciated marsanne, what with its rich wildflower honey & hazelnut flavors that beg for the grilled and roasty foods of the fall. If you break this one out at your next dinner party, & serve a simple roast chicken, you’ll prove to your pals that you know your wine!

Sultana Grillo, Sicily, Italy
If this is “just a simple Sicilian table wine,” then why the heck to we like it so much? Because it’s got bright citrus, peach & almond flavors in spades, is easy drinking and pairs well with virtually everything, especially herb-y, cheesy dishes. We’re crowning it the the ultimate dinner party wine this season. Go forth and drink.

Happy Fall!



Prime Rib Roast Recipe and Red Wine Pairing

Christmas is a holiday that has been around since as early as the 4th century, with Christmas dinner becoming as much of a tradition as giving gifts. Each country has its own particular “traditional” menu. In America, we have adapted our traditions mainly from the United Kingdom, and with it, Prime Rib Roast.
Prime Rib Roast is a now classic centerpiece on the Christmas dinner table. Tender, juicy beef that is roasted to perfection and marinated in seasonings might just be the highlight of the meal that friends, family, and guest look forward to the most. We’ve paired a traditional beef roast recipe with an elegant Italian red, Vietti Nebbiolo Perbaco. Stop by our Providence wine store to pick it up!
Wine Pairing:
Native to Piedmont, the Nebbiolo grape is the key grape in the wine of Barolo and Barbaresco. Its most common descriptors are ‘tar and roses’ because it has the toughness of tar and earth, yet a soft, floral character that keeps the wine balanced. The Vietti winery, one of the top-level producers in Piedmont and one of the first to export to the U.S., Nebbiolo Perbacco is perfect for that Christmas dinner roast because it is strong, intense and powerful growing, more complex and elegant as it ages with generous flavors of fruit, menthol, spices and hard candy.

Prime Rib of Beef with Horseradish Sauce or Au Jus

Adapted from “The Way to Cook” by Julia Child
Serves 10
Horseradish sauce:
1 cup light sour cream
3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
2 teaspoons country-style Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
Prime rib:
1 (5-pound) fully trimmed rib roast of beef
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
½ cup finely chopped carrots
½ cup finely chopped onion
½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 cups rich beef stock or broth
½ teaspoon arrowroot dissolved in 2 teaspoons water
Method of Preparation
  1. Prepare a horseradish sauce by stirring together the sour cream, horseradish, mustard and white pepper. Cover and refrigerate. Thirty minutes before serving, remove from refrigerator.
  2. One hour before roasting, remove meat from refrigerator. Rub the exposed ends of the meat with oil and place in a roasting pan fat side up.
  3. Roast in a preheated 325-degree oven for half an hour. Baste with the fat that has accumulated in the pan. Roast for an additional half hour. Place the carrots and onion around the roast and sprinkle with the thyme, salt and pepper. Continue to roast for about 1 hour and 15 minutes longer, or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees on an instant-read thermometer. Baste the roast occasionally with the drippings.
  4. Remove the roast from the oven and let rest 10 minutes. Pour the fat from the pan and place pan over medium-high heat. Pour in the beef stock or broth, add the dissolved arrowroot and simmer 4 to 5 minutes, scraping up the caramelized juices in the bottom of the pan. Strain and keep the au jus warm.
  5. Carve the roast and serve with the 2 sauces.