We don’t have much of a fall here in Los Angeles. It gets cool and gray and it may rain a couple times, but we don’t have the beautiful colored leaves or the real approaching winter chill that you get in other parts of the country. I miss that the most out here, the wind, the fallen leaves littering the ground, the smell. In L.A. we have flowers that bloom in October, which is nice, but not the same. You learn to bring on the nostalgia of fall in other ways; through the clothing you wear, the foods that you eat and the wines that you drink.

We drink red wine all year round in our household. We’ll lean more heavily towards rose and white when it’s warm, but we love our reds. I do think though, that there is something so much more enjoyable about drinking a big red wine when it’s cool outside. It warms you in
a different way; the high is more relaxed, cozier. I look forward to the first cool days of fall as the time when I will really appreciate red wine again.

Italy being one of my favorite places for red wines, this week we chose the 2005 Gerbino Rosso from Di Giovanna in Sicily. This winery is due south of Palermo on a large nature preserve. It is run by two brothers, Gunther and Klaus (German Mother, Italian Dad) and has been in the family for generations. They make many different wines, from native grapes like Nero D’Avola and Grillo, to Cabernets, Viogniers and Merlots. This Rosso is a blend of Nero D’Avola, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. It is a big, lush wine with notes of dark red fruit and roses on the nose. The palate is silky and full with more deep fruit and nice earthiness on the finish. It’s the kind of wine that you really can savor on a cool night in autumn.