Pepper, clove, anise, cinnamon...if these flavors get you salivating, then we have a whole world of spicy wine recommendations for you!
The Northern Rhone region of France is the epicenter of world class Syrah, with a great variety of styles represented, depending on vineyard location and producer. The spiciest examples come from Saint Joseph, a long, narrow region that runs along the west side of the Rhone. Saint Joseph Syrahs show off black pepper and olive flavors, making them perfect matches for fall fare.
Spanish Grenache – Garnacha en Español – packs a punch that gives many Priorat wines their somewhat spicy character. Insanely low-yielding old vines, grown on steep slate slopes, produce wines of tremendous concentration. Though often blended with Syrah, Cabernet or Merlot, you'll instantly recognize the cinnamon, licorice and cherry smells and flavors that are Grenache hallmarks.
“America’s grape” is also its spiciest! Benchmark examples of this crowd-pleasing red hail from the Dry Creek and Russian River AVAs in Sonoma County. Styles can range from lighter-bodied and fruity to full-bodied and rich, with jammy spice jumping from the glass. Great Zin pairings include favorites like saucy barbecue or spicy curry.