I realize it's not unique to call autumn my favorite season, but I couldn't care less. I love every single thing about fall. From pumpkin spice lattes to strolling through college campuses for football tailgates, I'm in my happy place as the leaves change colors.
I start doing fall-centric research about mid-Autumn so I'm fully prepared to celebrate from the very first day (which was Sunday for those of you who aren't as obsessed). Here are a few of my favorite recipes, wines, and party ideas for the season.
- Pumpkin bruschetta: This would be so perfect for a fall get-together! Bite site portions are always handy, plus it uses everyone's favorite fall flavor: pumpkin
- White bean chicken chili: The traditional Sunday-afternoon-football-on-the-couch staple gets a delicious twist with chicken and cannellini beans
- Fresh apple cake with honey glaze: Sometimes "pumpkin madness" can overshadow fall's other superstar: the humble apple. Let it shine with this tasty-looking cake.
- For your tailgate: the 2010 Ruah Red Blend from Desert Wind ($20) will pair well with anything from your top-notch parking lot grill and will take the edge off when that nip in the air becomes more like a bite.
- For an early fall bonfire: there's nothing more cozy than the warmth from a fire, but when your cheeks are rosy, you certainly won't want to drink anything heavy. This 2011 Grenache from Andis Wines ($25) has enough spice for fall, but isn't too tannic or heavy. Bonus: right now a 6 pack is on sale for $99 (normally $150)!
- For a pumpkin-centric dinner party: pair pumpkin anything with a light, slightly sweet Viognier like this one from Lucas & Lewellen ($19). Who needs cider?
- Pumpkin party cooler: A super simple way to make your party a little more festive-- serve your drinks from a pumpkin. (It would be perfect for chilling that Lucas & Lewellen Viognier...)
- Festive wine bottle labels: As much as we hate to cover up the real labels on a wine bottle, these are too cute to pass up. You'll just have to talk about the wine so people know what they're drinking.
- Have a caramel apple bar: Does anyone NOT like caramel apples? This version is much better than bobbing for them (germs much?) or awkwardly trying to finish an entire apple yourself.
Happy fall, y'all!