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Wines for October

October always surprises me by being one of the great transitional seasons here in East Tennessee.
During these times, the seasons don’t just change with the calendar, they overlap and give us an amazing bounty of both Summer and Fall produce with Peppers, Eggplants, Tomatoes, Butternut squash and Garden Greens.

With the myriad of flavors arriving each day to our kitchens and tables and the excitement of not knowing exactly what each day will bring, I like to ensure we have a good supply of white Rhone style wines.
These are wines made from the traditional grapes of the Northern and Southern Rhone Valleys. Wines made from grapes like Viognier which is exoticly spiced and floral to accompany those sweet peppers and squashes, it lends just the right amount of dark exotic spices to those dishes.
Or more powerfully built white wines from the southern region of Chateauneuf-du-Pape which is often based on the rich grapes of Roussanne and Grenache Blanc, two grapes that can really play backup to almost any dish but are right at home being paired with tomatoes and eggplants which are ingredients you’re likely to find in their provencal home.
We love to share the original versions of these wines from the Rhone Valley in France from producers such as Vernay in Condrieu or Roger Sabon in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, but we also enjoy finding versions of these wines from around the world in places like Paso Robles or the Edna Valley of California from producers such as Alban or Epoch wineries.

Andy Chabot, Director of Food and Beverage