Who Says You Can’t Drink Wine At Oktoberfest? 12 Wine Substitutes for Your Favorite Fall Beer
Beer and wine are two of the most exciting beverages in the world! A glass of your favorite beer or wine can completely turn around a bad day.
Although they are different drinks, beer and wine have many similarities. Starting with the fact that the raw material of both comes from the soil, they both go through a fermentation process and they both have an infinity of styles and flavors for every palate, whether they are refreshing and easy to drink, or complex and highly structured.
As you might know, the most famous beer festival is right around the corner. Oktoberfest is all about beer, celebration, and happiness! If you are a beer lover, this is the perfect opportunity to take a risk, to get out of your comfort zone, and try something different!
Today our expert sommeliers -who also happen to love beer- came up with the best wine substitute for your favorite beer. Check out which is your favorite beer style and taste the wine instead!
Lager Vs. 2020 Safràn Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie
If you love fresh, classic beers like Lager, you will enjoy our 2020 Safràn Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie.
Stunning but little-known Pinot Grigio adored by Luca Maroni. This vintage explodes with fruity flavors, particularly ripe pear, and notes of sage and spice to add complexity to the well-rounded bouquet. It's a masterclass in elegance, balancing exactly the right amount of acidity with a creamy fullness, an uplifting mineral zing, and a lingering fresh fruit finish.
Pilsner Vs. Oriol Rossell Cava Brut Cuvee Especial OR
The pilsner is a more complex beer with hoppy flavors, Change the Pilsner for the Cava! Try our Oriol Rossell Cava Brut Cuvee Especial OR.
Intense aroma with fruity and floral hints and gentle notes of aging. On the palate, the wine is fresh, slightly sweet, and a very round palate.
Bock style is intense, with strong malt flavors and amber color. The perfect substitute is a 2015 Piedra Creek Benito Dusi Vineyard Zinfandel.
Elegant layers of wild berry and raspberry make up this fruit-forward Zinfandel. Just the right hint of white pepper rounds out the experience, a balance that can only be provided from the famous Benito Dusi 90-year-old dry-farmed, head-pruned, ancient Zinfandel vines.
Wheat beer has intense flavors and a creamy mouthfeel. Change it for a Chardonnay aged in barrel like our 2018 Martellotto "Melodeon" Chardonnay Spear Vnyd Sta. Rita Hills.
"Golden-apple, lemon-extract and toasted marshmallow aromas immediately reveal that this is a California Chardonnay, but one held in balance. The palate is clean and crisp with lemon and Asian pear flesh flavors, woven by a firm grip and strong acidity." ~91 Points, Wine Enthusiast.
The Saison is a very fruity style beer, with citrus notes and crisp acidity on the palate. Replace it with a 2018 Jacob Heims Old Vines Riesling Kabinett Mosel Germany.
Thirty-year-old vines provide more concentrated flavors of grapefruit, orange oil, and white peach. The perfect balance of sweetness and acidity, with a long mineral-laced finish.
The IPA has intense, herbal flavors, with complex citrus notes. The perfect substitute is a 2018 Pierre Jean Sauvignon Blanc Cotes de Gascogne.
Cotes de Gascogne sits just north of the Spanish border on the Atlantic coast of France. The cool climate contributes to the bright refreshing qualities of the wines produced here. This Pierre Jean expression of Sauvignon Blanc is no exception, this wine is sure to dazzle!
Red ale is subtle, elegant, and delicious, just like a Pinot Noir! If you are a red ale lover, try our 2017 Martellotto "Le Bon Temps Roule" Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills Central Coast.
Like all great Pinots, this wine is a bit of a seductress. It allures with notes of spice, light cedar, and bright raspberry. Slowly, it reveals itself with aeration.
Porter has a dark color, intense flavor, and ripe fruits, the perfect substitute is a Merlot, how about a Bordeaux from the Right Bank? Taste our 2015 Chateau Les Giraudels de Milon Saint Emilion Grand Cru!
"Fragrant and elegant in spite of its firm tannic core, this has some real complexity, too. Good now, but just wait to see where this goes from 2020!" ~92 Points, James Suckling
Stout Vs. 2018 Chateau Meyney Saint-Estephe
Stout beers are dark, full-bodied, fruity, and strong-flavored such as Left Bank Bordeaux where Cabernet Sauvignon predominates. Taste our 2018 Chateau Meyney Saint-Estephe!
"Blueberry, blackcurrant, clove, dark chocolate, praline, and gravel on the nose. It’s full-bodied with firm, fine-grained tannins. Focused, chewy, and layered. Fantastic effort here." ~95 Points, James Suckling
Blonde Ale Vs. 2019 Greg Norman Estates Chardonnay Russian River Valley
Easy to drink, fresh, and the perfect pairing for seafood, just like our 2019 Greg Norman Estates Chardonnay Russian River Valley!
Intense aromas of ripe citrus and stone fruits are complemented by soft vanilla and cashew notes. The voluptuous palate reveals layers of sweet yellow fruit, crisp Gravenstein apple and meringue flavors that are balanced by a refreshing line of acidity through the long-lasting finish.
Kolsch Vs. Aimery Cremant Brut Limoux NV
Kolsch is a refreshing but complex beer, with citrus notes and slightly bitter. Taste some bubbles instead. Try our Aimery Cremant Brut Limoux NV!
Barrel-Aged Vs. Gould Campbell 10 Year Tawny Port
Just like a good Port, barrel-aged beers are complex, intense, and with toasted and caramelized flavors. Taste our Gould Campbell 10 Year Tawny Port instead.
Aged for an average of 10 years in oak, this Tawny Port gradually loses its robustness of youth and gains a silky texture with a characteristic nutty flavor.
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