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Wine Wednesday: Pairing Wine with Pumpkin Dishes

October has become one of my favorite times of year in Europe. I’ve really become to appreciate the change in seasons, especially after living in the desert for more than 10 years. The leaves begin to turn shades of gold and orange, grapes are harvested and all my favorites for eating appear at the local markets, and pumpkin dishes pop up on menus across the continent. I never really had pumpkin in anything but a pie until a few years ago, when I was introduced to it as a staple of fall cuisines of Northern Italy. Now pumpkin soups, risottos, pastas and even pumpkin pizza are all favorites. What to drink with pumpkin dishes? Pumpkin is so versatile that there’s no one go-to wine to pair with it; the other components in the dish determine which wine will bring out the flavors. Here are some suggestions for pairing wine with pumpkin dishes:

Pumpkin risotto

Pumpkin risotto and Prosecco are a match made in heaven

Prosecco

Prosecco is Italy’s famed sparkling wine hailing from the Veneto region. The clean, light flavors of the sparkling white lift the floral flavors of pumpkin without accentuating the sweetness. A dry Prosecco, like Ca’ Salina Valdobbiadene Superiore D.O.C.G Brut, with pumpkin risotto.

Pumpkin soup

Amarone pairs perfectly with a rich pumpkin soup

Amarone

The opulent roundness and rich spiciness of Amarone is a perfect match with a creamy pumpkin soup, creating a savory harmony. Drizzle a bit of Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena over the pumpkin soup and let some thin chips of grana padano melt into the soup. Sip with Allegrini Estates 2008 Amarone.

Pumpkin wineKurbis Secco

Kurbis Secco is a German sparkling pumpkin wine that is wonderfully light and delicate with a slightly nutty taste. It is delicious with just about any pumpkin dish, including roast pumpkin or ravioli stuffed with pumpkin. Try it with pumpkin ravioli simply topped with olive oil, a bit of fresh cinnamon, and some grated Parmigiano.

Pumpkin seeds

Roasted pumpkin seeds taste great with any white wine

Friuliano

One of the most typical wines of the Friuli Venezia Giuli region of Italy, Friuliano is slightly fruity with scents of white peach and tastes of bitter almonds. It’s commonly the house white wine and is delicious with a pumpkin and sausage pizza that is easily found throughout the region.

Pumpkin Pie

Photo courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

Vinsanto

Vinsanto is a Greek dessert wine found in Santorini and predictably, it pairs wonderfully with the classic pumpkin pie. The wine’s sweetness matches that of the pumpkin pie. It exudes wonderful honey notes, ripe apricot, and sweet spices that complement pumpkin pie like cinnamon and clove.

 

What recommendations do you have for pairing wine with pumpkin dishes? Tell us in the comments!

Jennifer Dombrowski

Jennifer Dombrowski is a location independent globe trotter who is based in Prata di Pordenone, Italy. She works as a social media and communications strategist and is an award-winning travel writer. She is also a travel correspondent on Traveling on the American Forces Radio Network. Jdomb's Travels was named one of the top travel blogs to watch by the Huffington Post and has been featured by top publications such as CNN, Buzzfeed , and The Telegraph. Her iPhoneograpy has also been featured on publications such as USA Today and Travel + Leisure. Google+

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  1. Marlene Dombrowski

    all wines and dishes sound great will have to try some

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  2. Marlene Dombrowski

    great suggestions of the wines. also liked all the food servings paired with the different wines. will try them

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  3. Cathy Sweeney

    We are big pumpkin fans in my house. I’m not much of a baker or cook, but this time of year I make a lot of pumpkin pies. I also love trying unusual dishes with pumpkin. The pumpkin risotto is super tempting!

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Rachelle from The Travel Bite posted the yummiest looking pumpkin spice muffins the other day. I’m going to try out her recipe:

    http://thetravelbite.com/recipes/spicypumpkincreamcheesemuffins/

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  4. Alyssa Brown

    Where do I find kurbis secco around aviano area and do you have any suggestions on great places to get pumpkin dishes? Loved this wine Wednesday

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  5. Heather

    We brought home a bottle of wine from Santorini but it didn’t occur to us to enjoy it with pumpkin pie. Guess we’ll just have to go get another bottle!

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  6. Rachelle

    OMG. Do you have a recipe for the risotto? I’m dining to taste it!!!

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    I have a recipe I’m going to try out. The risotto pictured was at a restaurant. It was so good and most of the time restaurants have a minimum of 2 people to order it. Risotto isn’t Tim’s favorite, so I’d like to be able to make it at home. If the recipe turns out well, I’ll share it with you. =)

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  7. Jdomb's Travels

    Kurbis Secco is a German wine. We've not seen it in Italy. Most restaurants will serve pumpkin dishes especially at this time of the year. The town of Venzone is particularly famous for their pumpkin dishes.

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  8. Jeremy

    Mmmmm I could devour this entire post right now!

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