Fall Favorites: Wine, Recipes, & Party Ideas

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers

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

  • 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?

Party Ideas

  • 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.

For more, check out our "Fall Love" Pinterest board. Also watch this husky frolic in the leaves. And most importantly-- what are your favorite fall recipes and wines?

Happy fall, y'all!

Jordan Johnson



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