Fall Wines at The Goat

With fall fast approaching and the turning of the leaves on our horizon, it’s time to enjoy a bit crisper weather with some delicious wines. At The Goat, we have a wide variety of wines to sip while the fall breeze blows by. Here are some of my favorites:

Montinore, Borealis, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($18)

This aromatic blend of Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Muller-Thurgua is a beautiful, easy-to-drink white during this time of year. Full bodied with a touch of sweetness, this wine offers abundant aromas of fresh pears and peaches along with a wide variety of floral qualities. Crisp acidity keeps the wine light on its feet and perfect for fall dishes, such as butternut squash soup.

Bonny Doon Vineyards, De Propio Gravitas, California ($20)

Randall Graham is one of the most innovative winemakers at this time. This Bordeaux style blend from California has all the characteristics for a delicious white wine. The semillon in the blend provides a luscious texture to enhance the crispness of the sauvignon blanc. A little bit of orange muscat goes a long way, lending the wine an aromatic edge reminiscent of honeysuckle and ripe orange. Drink this with seared salmon or any other full bodied fish.

Jean-Paul Brun, L’Ancien, Beaujolais, Burgundy, France ($19)

Beaujolais is one of my favorite wine regions for Autumn. The gamay grape is, for better or worse, traditionally linked to this time of year with Beaujolais Nouveau. This has put Beaujolais on the map for simple wines. However, this region boasts a wide variety of expressions on Gamay, many of them intricate and complex. This example from Jean-Paul Brun is one of those examples, with tart cherry and raspberry notes mixed in with a wild herbaceous medley and slight gamey qualities. Pair this wine with roast chicken on a cooler night and rediscover the beauty of Beaujolais.


– Colin Williams, Sommelier

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