October is a great month for many reasons but most importantly for us, the cooler, overcast weather provides guilt-free permission to turn our focus from the outdoors to the indoors and specifically towards the bar. And during this time of year, it doesn’t seem ridiculous to have the entire Friday to-do list be: 1) Choose an appropriate bottle of wine for the weekend. And with that being said, there are two bottles of wine at Yardbird that we’re particularly excited about this month – one red and one white that are both perfect for autumn. Read below to learn more!

2016 COMMUNE OF BUTTONS ‘SPARROWS’ SYRAH MAGNUM

Adelaide Hills, Australia

This wine is lighter than your typical Syrah and is made without sulphur. It’s fresh with super soft tannins and lively acidity, due to the fact that its grapes are picked early and fermented 100% as whole berries and bunches. This juicy red is made up of 95% Shiraz, with 5% Viognier added to the ferment to add perfume and aromatics. Full of red fruit with notes of earth, fennel, and game, it’s best served slightly chilled and it makes for the perfect Autumn red.

2014 YVES CUILLERON ‘LES VIGNES D’À CÔTÉ’ VIOGNIER MAGNUM
Rhone, France
Yves Cuillerons is a winemaker whose name is synonymous with amazing quality in Northern Rhone. His ‘Les Vignes D’à Coté’ (The Vines Next Door) Viognier is a wine where the grapes were picked in vineyards just next to Condrieu – the world’s most celebrated region for the varietal. This wine is aged on its lees before spending time in neutral oak barrels and exhibits notes of apricot, white flowers, and honeycomb.

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