Toast of the Town – Fall 2023

An Apple a Day Keeps Summer at Bay

If you’re anything like us, you’ve had enough of the South’s heat. But here in Tennessee, warm weather can extend well into the fall season. If you’re looking for a few ways to bridge the gap, check out these fantastic wines that all feature hints of apple. The time for cinnamon and spice may still be weeks away, but these lighter fall flavors are sure to delight.

paul hobbs crossbarn chardonnay

Paul Hobbs CrossBarn Chardonnay

Hailing from the Sonoma Coast, this crisp and clean chardonnay pairs great with an array of foods – especially seafood. Its pale straw color accompanies notes of green apple, honeysuckle, and lemon zest. Meanwhile, flavors of Honeycrisp apple and Asian pear come to the forefront. Rounding out the glass is a hint of minerality and the creamy taste chardonnay lovers adore.

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cavit lunetta prosecco

Cavit Lunetta Prosecco

Sparkling wine aficionados will love this delicate wine. Produced in Italy, it boasts fine bubbles with a creamy white foam. It is dry on the palate and has notes of apple and peach on the nose, while the color is that of greenish straw. Perfect on its own, this wine also pairs exceptionally well with antipasti, hors d’oeuvres, sushi, shellfish, and other seafood.

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st. urbans-hof nik weis urban riesling

St. Urban-Hof Nik Weis Urban Riesling

This German estate Riesling has it all. A refined acidity lays the foundation for a whole host of fruit flavors including peach, lime, apple, quince, and grapefruit. By using only indigenous yeasts, the terroir and vineyard characteristics can be appreciated in their full glory. Dried spices and a subtle minerality provide complexity with this wine which is a fun choice alongside salad, seafood pasta, or veal dishes.

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Barone Fini Pinot Grigio

Serving as a flagship wine, this Pinot Grigio is crafted from 100% Valdadige grapes grown in the northern Italian Alps. The high elevation results in a tasty wine full of character. Lemon on the nose turns to honeydew and ripe apples on the palate. This wine’s acidity offers a bright finish that leaves patrons with a crisp but lingering mouthfeel.

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