kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Celebrate the arrival of fall

Fall is here. Next to summer, it's my favorite time of year. I love "sweater weather," pumpkin picking, and sitting by the fire with a glass of port or a big red. Wines that seemed too heavy in the heat of July and August become perfect in October or November.

Celebrate the arrival of autumn with one of these monster red wines, such as a GSM from Australia. These wines, an acronym for the grapes used (grenache, syrah and mourvedre), are similar in style to Rhone Valley blends, offering brambly fruit, spice and pepper.

Look for GSMs by Peter Lehmann, d'Arenberg, and Rosemount, among others. Enjoy a glass or two while putting away your shorts and t-shirts, and breaking out the sweaters and sweatshirts.