Heartier Whites and Lighter Reds

It's False Fall in Washington! That time of year when it seems like the weather can't quite make up it's mind, and Summer holds on for dear life. The days can still be sultry but the nights are definitely getting cooler, and it can be difficult to find a wine that suits your mood.

This week we're taking a look at some wines that straddle the line: white wines with enough palate weight and texture to warm up a cool evening and red wines that are light and graceful enough to cool down a hot afternoon. There are some familiar grapes and regions that often fit into these categories, like big, oaky California Chardonnay or light, graceful Oregon Pinot noir, but they don't really need an introduction. Instead, we'll be exploring some grapes you may not have heard about, and some regions that don't usually get a whole lot of attention.