Wine Pairing with Pumpkin

5 tips on pairing Pumpkin with Wine:

as recommended by Karen Bonarrigo & Merrill Bonarrigo

  • Pumpkin naturally has a sweet/savory neutral flavor characteristic, so the spices and other flavors you add will determine the flavor weight of the dish and therefore what wines go best.
  • Their semi-sweet flavors balance rich dishes and heavy ingredients which makes them complement red wines nicely. Pumpkin soup on a chilly winter day can be a lovely pairing with a nice Pinot Noir or Malbec.
  • It also has simple sweetness in preparation and in flavor weight that makes it a complement for delicate white wines. Light additions of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg or even curry make for a lovely pairing with Orange Muscat, Riesling, or Sparkling Almond.
  • When I think of pumpkin, I think of holidays, pumpkin pie spice and pie or cheesecake. Gewurztraminer is my favorite wine with pumpkin pie spices and the Messina Hof pumpkin cheesecake recipe.
Recommended wines: Try a three pack of these wines and try the recipe for yourself to choose your favorite!  

Merrill and Karen Bonarrigo, Wine and Food Pairing experts at Messina Hof Wine Cellars, Inc.

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