Somm Fall Recommendations
What are the somms drinking? Becoming a sommelier takes years of wine practice, so they definitely know their stuff. Here are a few recommendations from the Wine Directors at these hot L.A. restaurants.
BOA Steakhouse, West Hollywood - Lance Reed (Wine Director)
- Habit ‘Jurrassic Park Vineyard’ Chenin Blanc 2015
A Santa Ynez Valley favorite, the tropical and stone fruit flavors along great minerality and bright citrus wake up your mouth. So good with apple, figs and pears that are abundant in the fall.
- Casa Barranca Laetitia Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir
An organic wine from the Arroyo Grande Valley in California’s Central Coast, it offers bright red fruit, silky berries, and a little spice in the finish.
FIG & OLIVE (nine locations across U.S.) – Mitchell Malnati (Wine & Beverage Director)
- Jarvis Cabernet Franc
For autumn this year, I think we are going to see a lot of guests wanting medium bodied reds. Usually Pinot Noir is popular, but I think people are having so many light bodied wines since the weather is so hot that they are going to want something with a bit more weight to it.
- Duckhorn Merlot
Not too heavy or rich, great balance and great freshness. I love to pair this with our classic Tajine dish, which lends itself perfectly to the fall.
Providence, Los Angeles – David Osenbach (Wine Director)
- Gewurztraminer, Albert Hertz, Alsace
Exotic aromas of lychee and rose and a mouthwateringly crisp acidity help to say goodbye to Summer while a richness and warmth on the palate usher in the cooler nights of Fall. A tiny touch of sweetness helps to round things out.
- Grignolino d'Asti, Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta, Piemonte
Straddling the line between a red wine and a rosé, this rarely-seen varietal is traditionally drunk in Piedmont while waiting for the region's big Barolo and Barbaresco to take their time in the cellar. Don't let the light color fool you, though -- grignolino has a lot going on, including some pretty grippy tannins.
- Moulin à Vent, Vielles Vignes, Stéphane Aviron, Beaujolais
Cru Beaujolais is the perfect red for transitioning into Autumn. This one in particular has beautiful fresh strawberry and floral aromas combined with much more weight and structure than your typical Beaujolais.