Life hack: Drink really delicious wine to make really awful chores suck less. If you already drank your way through our summer chores and wine pairing, it's time to grab your most comfortable oversized sweater and move on to fall. Here, master of wine Nicholas Paris shares all of the wine you should be drinking as you prep for autumn.
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For Nicholas, leaves all over your yard means one thing: Grabbing a rake and dancing across the lawn, followed by a glass of Malbec. "It's been said that to truly understand Malbec from Argentina, one must know how to tango," he says. With notes of black cherries and ripe plums paired with aromas of warm vanilla and cocoa powder, Malbec is the only way to go for this chore.
Recommendation: Alamos Malbec.
"The aromas of firewood and the eventual char of it call for something bold, brash, and unique," says Nicholas, who recommends a whiskey barrel-aged wine. "Not only do they contain the fruit and baking spice qualities of a great red blend, but they can also appeal to your s'more-loving sensibilities with notes of caramel, marshmallow, and vanilla," he explains.
Recommendation: Apothic Inferno.
The aromas you'll get from hosing down your patio furniture will be similar to that of a rainy day, says Nicholas, who suggests a warm and oaky chardonnay for this pairing. He says you'll be left with flavors that are as soft and plush as the cushions you'll be storing away. I'm sold.
Recommendation: William Hill North Coast Chardonnay.
"Sip a wine to inspire the sparkling finished product of your window washing," says Nicholas. I mean, he has a point.
Recommendation: Dark Horse Sparkling Wines.
"Even though summer and sun may be over for your perennials, it doesn't have to be for your tastebuds," says Nicholas. Amen to that! "The strawberry notes pair great with the floral aromas of your flowers," he explains. All together now: Rosé is not limited to one season, OK?!
Recommendation: Barefoot Rosé Spritzer Cans.
Cleaning gutters is quite unpleasant, so afterward, you deserve to wine down with a glass of Merlot. "Complex, dark berry flavors combine with aromas of toasted vanilla and dark chocolate for a sip that will make you forget all about sweating over gutters," says Nicholas.
Recommendation: Columbia Valley Merlot
Calling this a chore might be a stretch, because fall decorating and whipping out your favorite pumpkin spice candles is the best, but it certainly deserves a wine pairing. Nicholas suggests a Red Blend from Prophecy Wines. "This wine can be described as silky and smooth with its red fruit flavors and its spice aromas," he says. Sign. Me. Up.
Recommendation: Prophecy Red Blend