The Best Food and Wine Pairings for Fall

10/25/2016

Fall is officially here and you're wondering which wines to serve with your favorite recipes or, better yet, which foods would pair best with your favorite wines! Here's a quick guide to some pairing suggestions that will take full advantage of this Fall's seasonal flavors.

Top 5 Favorite Fall Recipes:

1) Pot Roast Carbonnade - A wonderful, rich dish boasting with flavors of beef, bacon, onions, roasted vegetables and herbs. Pair this with a Red Blend.

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2) Roasted Butternut Soup - You can almost taste the holidays with each spoonful of this delicious roasted butternut squash soup. Wonderful flavors of nutmeg, coriander and garlic compliment the squash and a glass (or two!) of Pinot Noir.

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3) Herb and Spice Roasted Cornish Game Hens - A simple dish that showcases the expressive flavors of a beautiful Chardonnay. This dish is well-balanced and flavor-forward, complimented by herbs and spices.

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4) Pomegranate & Spice Braised Pork - Tender, juicy pork covered in a delicious, rich sauce of pomegranate and spices. Top it with a sprig of fresh rosemary and pair it with a bottle of Merlot for the table.

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5) True Texas Pecan Pie - A fantastic traditional pecan pie...need we say more?! Top it with fresh whipped cream and a glass of Champagne or Sparkling Wine.

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Top 5 Wines for your Recipes:

1) Cabernet Sauvignon - Typically a big wine with full body and intense flavor that pairs elegantly with lamb, pastas with red sauce, bleu cheese, spicy foods, steak and beef dishes, as well as chocolates and nuts.

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2) Zinfandel - A robust red wine full of complexity with tones of blueberry, black pepper, cherry, and licorice. Zinfandel's ideal pairings would be red meats, chocolate, brie cheese, nuts, grilled fruits and pastas.

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3) Chardonnay - Since this varietal of wine comes in a wide variety of styles, it can easily be paired with a number of foods. Chardonnay commonly expresses delicate flavors of butter and vanilla which compliments gouda cheese, seafood, chicken, pasta with white sauce.

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4) Viognier - A white-wine grape known to produce dry, aromatic wines with a rich and complex palate. Characteristics of apricots, orange blossom and honey can be found and pair well with seafood, chicken, roasted vegetables, and fruit pastries.

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5) Syrah - This beautiful red wine is appreciated for being full-bodied with soft tannins and flavors of dark fruits, berries and pepper. A Syrah can be paired with ham, pasta with red sauce, spicy foods, camembert and gorgonzola cheeses.

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Visit our Wine and Food Pairings page for more suggestions for wine varietals not mentioned above.