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
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.
Autumn Walnut Recipe And Matching Wine
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.
Autumn Pumpkin Recipe And Matching Wine
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.
Autumn Pomegranate Recipe And Matching Wine
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
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.
Autumn Eggplant Recipe And Matching Wine
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.
Autumn Fennel Recipe And Matching Wine
A rustic gnocchi dish, whose silken texture and subtle anise flavours pair superbly with the smooth, fruit-driven character of Pinot Noir.
Autumn Beetroot Recipe And Matching Wine
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.
Autumn Quince Recipe And Matching Wine
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.
Autumn Mushroom Recipe And Matching Wine
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.
Autumn Sweet Potato Recipe And Matching Wine
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.
Autumn Celeriac Recipe And Matching Wine
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.
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