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Autumn Recipes and Wine Pairings

Celebrate autumn’s offerings with a bounty of vegetables, fruits and nuts. Bursting with earthy flavours, beetroot, wild mushrooms, eggplant, fennel, figs, quinces, walnuts and pecans are all plentiful, so prepare yourself for a season of delicious dishes and matching wines.  

With its still-warm days and the arrival of crisp evenings, autumn is an exciting time for fresh produce. The fruits and vegetables that required time to ripen over the summer months are at their best early in the season and are now ready for you to enjoy.

So, treat your taste buds (and your stomach) to these tempting autumn recipes. Plus, our very own Adam Walls (Tasting Panel Co-Chair, Wine Show Judge and 2019 Len Evans Tutorial Dux) has suggested a wine varietal/style and an example that matches with each delicious autumn dish.


Autumn Fig Recipe And Matching Wine

Fresh Figs with Blue Cheese & Prosciutto – pair with an aged Riesling

In this dish the figs bring vibrant fruit flavour and the cheese and cured meat give a salty edge. Aged Riesling pairs well as the intensity of the fruit flavours match that of the fig, whilst the richer honey notes of the Riesling offset the saltiness of the cheese and the prosciutto.

Adam’s suggestion: Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2018

Autumn Walnut Recipe And Matching Wine

Pancetta-wrapped chicken braised in perry with pear and walnut salad – pair with Chardonnay

The pancetta has added richness and a hint of salt to the chicken. Chardonnay has enough body to compliment this dish whilst the nutty notes are a great match to the walnut salad.

Adam’s suggestion: Tarrawarra Estate Chardonnay 2017


Autumn Pumpkin Recipe And Matching Wine

Rag pasta with pumpkin, sage and tomatoes – pair with Barbera

Barbera is a perfect wine match for two reasons – this dish is medium-bodied, so it calls for a medium-bodied wine, plus the high acidity of the tomato is complimented by Barbera’s lovely soft tannins.

Adam’s suggestion: Tulloch Cellar Door Release 2021


Autumn Pomegranate Recipe And Matching Wine

Chocolate mousse with pomegranate granite – pair with Muscat

Chocolate itself is rich, deep and intense – the rancio and dried fruit flavours of Muscat marry this perfectly.

Adam’s suggestion: Muscat


Autumn Root Vegetable Recipe And Matching Wine

Warm Salad Of Autumn Vegetables With White Miso And Black Sesame Seeds – pair with Nero d’Avola

A delicious and easy-to-prepare combination of flavours and textures – earthy (mushroom, beetroot and parsnip), umami (white miso), sweet (kumara), nutty (black sesame) and savoury crunch (brussels sprouts). With its fragrant and crunchy, and light to medium-bodied, almost Pinot-like characters, Nero d’Avola is a delectable match.

Adam’s suggestion: Signor Vino Nero D'Avola 2021


Autumn Eggplant Recipe And Matching Wine

Lyndey Milan's Eggplant Chips – pair with Fiano

Fiano is a fabulous fresh choice to enjoy with these crispy eggplant chips that are served with a moreish and creamy mayonnaise. The natural acidity in the wine offsets the richness of both the mayo and the fried eggplant.

Adam’s suggestion: Gapsted Wines Reserve Fiano 2021


Autumn Fennel Recipe And Matching Wine

Gnocchi with Pork and Fennel Ragu – pair with Pinot Noir

A rustic gnocchi dish, whose silken texture and subtle anise flavours pair superbly with the smooth, fruit-driven character of Pinot Noir.

Adam’s suggestion: Tread Softly Pinot Noir 2020


Autumn Beetroot Recipe And Matching Wine

Salt-Baked Beetroot with Brown Butter, Root Vegetables & Whipped Anise Goat's Cheese – pair with Merlot

An earthy autumnal dish featuring beetroot, sweet potato, carrots, parsnips with rich brown butter and goat’s cheese is especially delicious when enjoyed with the deep, textural flavours of Merlot.

Adam’s suggestion: Forest Hill Vineyard Highbury Fields Merlot 2018


Autumn Quince Recipe And Matching Wine

North African Lamb Shanks with Quince and Israeli Cous Cous – pair with Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon and lamb is a classic match and this rich, slow cooked recipe is no exception especially with the inclusive of fragrant and sweet quince, currants and Middle Eastern flavours.  

Adam’s suggestion: Howard Park Miamup Cabernet Sauvignon 2017


Autumn Mushroom Recipe And Matching Wine

Pine Mushrooms on Toast with Ricotta – pair with Sangiovese

While traditionally Pinot Noir is a classic match with mushrooms, Aussie expressions of Sangiovese are also a tasty alternative to serve with this rustic and rich autumnal dish. Or try a Sparkling Shiraz for an indulgent brunch treat.

Adam’s suggestion: Angullong Fossil Hill Barbera Sagrantino Sangiovese 2019


Autumn Sweet Potato Recipe And Matching Wine

Sweet Potato Rosti – pair with Arneis

Given its soft acidity and texture, Arneis pairs well lighter food flavours – try it seafood pasta, salads with creamy sauces and shellfish. It’s also a lovely choice to enjoy with sweeter vegetable dishes like this sweet potato rosti.

Adam’s suggestion: Cosa Nostra Arneis 2019


Autumn Celeriac Recipe And Matching Wine

Spiced Scallops, Creamed Celeriac and Caper Dressing – pair with Vermentino

The combination of sea fresh scallops, creamy yet salty celeriac and potato mash with vinegary caper dressing has all the makings of 5 star ‘fish and chips’. Pairs perfectly with the fresh citrus acidity of Vermentino.

Adam’s suggestion: Mitolo Jester Vermentino 2020


Want more autumn recipes ideas?

For more great food and wine combinations, be sure to check out our dedicated Food and Wine Pairing pages.

Published on
24 Mar 2022


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