Fall Food and Wine Pairings from Traveling Vineyard

Fall Wine Pairings from Traveling Vineyard

As summer turns to fall, we welcome a change of weather and the earliest hints of the holiday season. Now is the perfect time to make a change to your wardrobe, your home decor and even the way you eat. Fall's warm dishes and hearty vegetables lend themselves to cozy meals and warm gatherings with family and friends. Maybe you're already planning parties or are eager to cook your favorite holiday dishes.

Whatever your fall style, nothing complements this cooler season better than pairing your favorite foods with incredible wines. Whether you want to sip a Syrah over dinner, while you watch the leaves turn colors or are looking for a semi-sweet white to enjoy with dessert over the fire, you're sure to love these fall food and wine pairings. Designed with palate-pleasing balance in mind, these pairings combine your favorite foods with wine notes that bring out their deepest flavors.

Pumpkin is the flagship flavor of fall, often starring in decadent desserts and classic pies. Of course, pumpkins and other winter squash add depth to warm, savory dishes too. If you love a hearty pumpkin stew or side of spicy roasted butternut squash, opt for the 2016 Pebble Vigonier, California. This weighty white wine features hints of baking spice that make it the perfect companion for all your winter squash favorites. It's also the perfect wine to pair with an after-dinner slice of gingerbread cake.

Maybe you prefer your fall pumpkin in the form of sweet desserts. Pies, cakes, cookies and confections crafted with pumpkin, apple, pecan and warm spice blends are the toast of the fall. These tasty treats pair well with a semi-sweet white wine that will bring out their natural flavors. An array of fall desserts pair perfectly with the 2016 Beeline Muscat Canelli, Monterey County, California. This wine has just the right amount of sweet to play against the delicious flavors of fall desserts instead of overpowering them.

Cooler weather also means time for more hot comfort foods. From steamy beef stews to potatoes au gratin, nothing complements these comfort foods like wine. If you're eating a hearty beef dish or even a homemade mac and cheese, consider the 2016 State Room Cabernet Sauvignon, Western Cape, South Africa. This red wine features black fruits and cassis with earthy notes. A medium-to-full body ensures that this wine can stand up to hearty comfort dishes. It's also a delicious sipping wine that you can enjoy with guests as you gather around a fire.

Spicier dishes such as chili and clove-spiked pork roasts demand wines that can balance their hot notes while bringing out deep layers of flavor. If you prefer a red with your spicy dishes, try the 2016 Convict’s Reward Pinot Noir, South Eastern Australia. Soft tannins and light red fruits ensure a flavor that sets off spices without heating up your mouth. If you'd rather have a white with spicy dishes, try the 2015 Calamity Sue Riesling, Lake County, California. This high-acid wine has a hint of residual sugar that provides the perfect complement to spicy dishes.

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Perhaps you're planning to present a charcuterie platter at a gathering with friends. The right wine will help highlight smoked meats and cheeses. It can even complement bacon and other cured meats that are used to accent holiday dishes. The 2015 Marula Pinotage, Western Cape, South Africa boasts smoky notes and lingers on the palate, making it the perfect complement for charcuterie offerings. This rustic wine is sure to be a favorite with your guests too.

There's no doubt that fall is as busy as it is exciting, and you might not think you have time to shop for the perfect wine for every occasion. Thankfully, there's no need to stress. Traveling Vineyard pairs the fun of a wine tasting with the relaxed environment of your own home. Independent Wine Guides host tastings and introduce guests to an exciting array of wines offered by Traveling Vineyard. Hosting a wine tasting in your home is a great way to find new wines without making a gamble on something you've never tasted.

Wine lovers who want to take their knowledge to the next level can benefit from becoming Wine Guides themselves. Traveling Vineyard offers a comprehensive training program, extensive support resources and an opportunity to become an entrepreneur. By hosting tasting parties in private homes, Wine Guides grow their own businesses and get to try the latest wines hand selected by Traveling Vineyard too. It's a great way for busy professionals, stay-at-home moms and active retirees alike to strike out on their own and help others find wines they'll truly love.

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