Fall *wink* in Love with These Favs
We’re putting away our flip flops and bringing out the tall boots. Red, yellow, and orange leaves have begun to fall, leaving branches bare. It’s pumpkin season, y’all!
As much as our Pride loves the light and fruity wines that did us wonders in the summer heat, fall’s wines warm the palette so well. Maybe we’re biased, but we would argue it does it better than a pumpkin spice latte ever could; are we right, ladies?! ;)
You might not be quite ready for full-bodied, rich reds that tend to be associated with winter. Not a problem! There are plenty of lighter reds, aromatic whites, and even Rosés to choose from. Typically, when we hear “Rosé” we associate this pink wine with the sweltering summer. Let’s not limit this wine’s potential. Think of Rosé as the perfect transition wine. In fact, Rosé season never has to end!
Rosé for the Win
McBride Sisters Collection Brut Rosé is a blend of Pinot and Chardonnay. The Pinot Noir was mainly sourced from Kelly’s Creek Vineyard in Spring Creek, Marlborough. (Fun fact: Andréa helped plant these vines as a child!) This beautifully salmon-colored wine is delicately structured with gentle notes of rose petals and strawberries and cream. The red fruits carry through the palate with cranberry, peach, strawberry, and raspberry notes taking center stage. There is a hint of toasty complexity and creamy richness that makes this versatile wine work so well in the cooler months. There is a dry finish with lingering hints of spice, giving the mouth a kick.
Pair with Bouillabaisse.
Black Girl Magic Rosé is a sophisticated take on the classic Rosé. The raspberry and orange blossom aromas play with the delightful acidity and counteract the chilly weather outside. Meanwhile, the delectable fresh stone fruit and citrus palette encourage sip after sip.
Pair with Ratatouille.
Are You RED-y?
McBride Sisters Collection Red Blend is perfect for those late, rainy evenings. This blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is a garnet gem. Let’s get complex. This wine has flavors of plum, cherry, and blackberry, alongside tobacco and vanilla. That’s not all! Peppery spice and a hint of blackberry show up on the finish—so rich; so luxurious.
Pair with Butternut Squash and Kale Salad.
Dessert and White Wine
Black Girl Magic Riesling is an intensely aromatic white. Its characteristics are typical of a Riesling: honey, apricot, and white flowers. Tangerine, jasmine, and coriander seed appear in the nose. The palette then turns to tropical flavors of guava and pineapple. It doesn’t stop there! Mild sweetness is balanced by tangy citrus for a sweet and sour finish. No one ever said that fall flavors need to be savory!
Pair with the ultimate fall dessert, Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler! Check out the recipe below.
Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler (via Lauren’s Latest)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
1 cup and 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cloves
½ cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup milk
¼ cup melted butter or vegetable oil
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup chopped pecans
1 ½ cups very hot water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium-sized bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and spices. Set aside.
In a smaller bowl, combine pumpkin, milk, melted butter, and vanilla together. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix. Pour into a small 8-inch casserole dish with high sides.
In a separate bowl, stir sugar, brown sugar, and pecans together. Spread over the top of the batter evenly. Pour hot water over the entire thing without stirring, and bake for 40 minutes or once the middle is set. Be sure to place it on a baking sheet in case it bubbles over. Cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. Serve with more pecans, vanilla ice cream, and a tall glass of Black Girl Magic Riesling!