Best Picks for Light and Dark Drinks for Fall

Fall is a time of light and dark. The days are still sunny and bright, but night falls a little more quickly. The weather ranges from balmy with a hint of summer lingering to blustery and chilly as winter makes its way into Oklahoma City.

Wines and beer also have their changing seasons, and fall is the perfect time to taste both light and dark offerings to fit any mood you find yourself in as the weather changes. 

At Waters Edge Winery, located at 712 N. Broadway Ave., co-owner Roger Cude has two picks for locals to try this fall, and Stonecloud Brewing, one of Oklahoma City’s newest hot breweries, recently unveiled new offerings that complement crisp nights, the changing color of the leaves and cozy hoodies.

Fall for Wine

“Waters Edge is a full-service custom winery in Oklahoma City, and we’re a bit of a hybrid,” Roger says. “We are a wine bar and a liquor store. We can sell our wines for off-premise consumption.”

Water’s Edge imports juice from the finest grape-growing regions, including South Africa, France, Argentina, Chile, Napa and Lodi Valley and from Oregon. The winery then takes those sourced ingredients to produce 50 wines in-house at the winery, creating signature offerings with a loyal fan base.

The Dark

Waters Edge Winery’s newest creation is Roger’s “must-try” pick for red wine this fall. The VCR—Vieux Chateau DeRoi—is a fruit-forward red that gets its bold finish from the syrah. The Vieux Chateau DeRoi is known as “the pope’s wine,” as the grapes come from the vineyards that the Catholic Church owned in the 12th to 14th centuries. Although the church no longer owns the vineyard, the pope still maintains a residency there.

“Why I chose this wine for fall and winter is because, in summer, it may be too hot to grill out and enjoy a bold wine,” Roger says. “This wine screams a nice 2-inch grilled rib-eye. It’s bold and big. As winter comes on, it pairs great when you are grilling out and with grilled meat.”

The Light

Roger’s favorite white for fall is the Ke Nako (South African for “It’s Time,” the rallying cry during the last World Cup). This chardonnay/chenin blanc blend has a buttery taste on the front end with a mild oak flavor on the back end.

“The chenin blanc really smooths everything out,” Roger says. “It’s great on its own, but it also pairs well with seafood, chicken and grilled fish. It’s also great for outdoor grilling.”

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Fall Brews

When Stonecloud Brewing Co. opened in Oklahoma City in July 2017, it made an instant name for itself under the huge vintage neon Sunshine Laundry and Cleaners sign at 1012 NW First St., Suite 101. Since, Stonecloud is a city-favorite place to hang out, offering 15 different draft craft beers ranging from lively IPAs, German pilsners, creative sours and big, bold stouts.

According to Lindsay Hogan, the brewery’s marketing director, seasonal offerings like darker brews and new lighter selections bring in the changing of the seasons.

The Light

In August, Stonecloud unveiled its newest lighter craft beer, the Havana Affair. The Havana Affair is a traditional German pilsner that offers a refreshing taste for those who may be new to the craft beer scene.

“I feel like this is a beer everyone can enjoy, especially those who are just being introduced to craft beer,” Lindsay says. “It’s super clean and refreshing. I feel like it’s the perfect backyard beer, and it’s one that you want more than one of.”

The Havana Affair can nods to Oklahoma City, featuring the OKC skyline and the Sunshine Laundry neon sign as its design.

“It’s going to become part of our year-round rotation,” Lindsay says.

The Dark

From the beginning, Turtlehead Stout has been part of Stonecloud’s rotations, and Lindsay says it’s the perfect beer for when the chilly weather sets in.

“It is a big coffee imperial stout, and we use local coffee from Mariposa Coffee in Norman,” she says. “It is super bold with lots of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt notes. Because it has a higher AVB at 11 percent, it will warm you up pretty quickly on those cool fall nights.

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