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Local experts offer tips to navigate the aisles of your favorite liquor store.

Autumn is here, and we’re all gearing up for some comfort food, entertaining friends and family during the holidays, watching football, and complementing our meals with great wine and beer. Often confused by the plethora of choices when perusing the liquor aisles of the store? Tend to judge a bottle by its label when choosing something to drink? No more! We consulted our friends at Gomer’s, and we’ve got some great ideas for your dining and hospitality needs.

The Bottom Line on Wine

Wine aficionado Michael Querrey of Lenexa answered our queries regarding what’s great for fall recipes and curious palates. Each of these delicious choices weighs in under $20 per bottle, so dressing your table is affordable. Here are his picks in order of increasing body (whites to reds).

  1. Vigneti del Vulture’s Pipoli Greco-Fiano Basilicata. From the deep south of Italy, this is fruity, floral, and full-bodied. Great with chicken or pork.
  2. Nine Hats’ Columbia Valley Riesling (2013). This Washington State wine is sweet, crisp, great with salmon, or for Thanksgiving. Open an hour ahead.
  3. Tablas Creek Vineyard’s Patelin de Tablas Blanc (2013). Paso Robles in California has produced this full-bodied, honeydew tasting white. Great paired with flavorful food.
  4. Domaine de Pallus Chinon Messanges’ Rosé Cabernet Franc (2014). Hailing from the Loire Valley of France, this rosé will surprise you! Not sweet, but full of flavor, pairs well with burgers or heavy vegetables (think Portabello).
  5. Les Lauzeraies’ Tavel Rosé (2013). This is Michael’s top pick to please a crowd at Thanksgiving. Beautiful deep rosé color with flavors that are flinty, delicate and fruity, but not overly sweet.
  6. Cooper Mountain Vineyards’ Pinot Noir (2012). Produced near Portland, Oregon, this wine is certified organic. The tastes of Bing cherries and spice go well with pork.
  7. Stefano Farina’s Le Brume Langhe Rosso (2008). From northwest Italy, this blend is silky, deep, dark, and earthy. Good with red meats and pastas.
  8. Domaine Pierre-Henri Morel’s Signargues Cotes du Rhone Villages (2012). Rhone, France brings us a Grenache that is inky, full of body and great with a stew or heavy soup.
  9. Tikal’s Patriota (2012). This Argentinian wine is 60 percent Malbec and great with, of course, Argentinian beef. It is full of taste and fairly tanic.
  10. Hedges Family Estate’s C.M.S. Columbia Valley (2012). This blend of (CMS) Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah from Washington State is lovely, deep, dark, full-bodied wine with cherry, chocolate and oak tastes. It is great served with a steak or lamb.

Picks In Beer Made Crystal Clear

In the world of beer, ale and cider, Katt Beckwith is our expert at Gomer’s in Lenexa. Her top picks are definitely reminiscent of fall, Halloween, pumpkins and tailgating!

  1. Ace Pumpkin Cider – from California and happens to also be gluten-free.
  2. Woodchuck Hard Cider – from Vermont has lots of flavor options, including Pear and Granny Smith.
  3. Paulaner Salvator – this Bavarian brew is malty and traditional.
  4. Yeti Imperial Stout – by Great Divide Brewing in Denver, big malty roasted flavor.
  5. Boulevard’s Bob’s 47 Oktoberfest – a local favorite, Boulevard brings out this seasonal treat in the fall – medium bodied dark amber lager.
  6. Lindeman’s Cassis Lambic and Framboise Lambic – these Belgian beers have been flavored with fruit – a unique and historical approach to brewing.
  7. Ayinger’s Oktober Fest-Marzen – Bavarian, slightly sweet, malty, great with brats and pretzels.
  8. O’Fallon’s Pumpkin Beer and Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale – paying homage to our neighbors in St. Louis, both of these seasonals are refreshing and crisp.
  9. Magic Hat’s Pumpkin Ale – claims the tagline, “The Call For Fall.” From Vermont and looks very fun!
  10. Evil Twin Brewing’s Even More Jesus and Double Barrel Jesus – from Brooklyn, they had us at their names. These two imperial stouts are only a fraction of the clever and tasteful offerings. We make no religious claims here, but Katt really likes these.

Grab your friends, pick your favorite snacks, marinate the meats, fire up the barbecue, and enjoy these incredibly diverse beverage choices available right here in our city. Gomer’s experts are ready and willing to consult with you on your own tastes and entertaining needs.

For more information, visit: GomersOfKansas.com or Gomers.com for those shopping in Missouri.