Falling for New Wines

Just like spring, fall is a season of transition. The temperature is cooling, leaves are changing, and humans and animals alike are stocking up for winter. We’re starting to crave heavier foods and wines to keep us warm on the cooler nights, but we’re not quite ready to settle in for hibernation. So what kind of wines work well in the transitionary period?

Fall Wine Festivals

Fall is seriously the best season! The weather is cooler, so it’s more fun to spend some time outside, and there are tons of wine festivals! This past weekend was my birthday weekend (and The Sugar Vine’s anniversary!!!), so the boyfriend and I headed north for the Montgomery Wine and Music Fest. It was fun to wander around, sip wine, and shop while listening to music. It was a warm day but the festival had a great atmosphere and we had a really nice time. To get you in on the fall spirit, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best fall wine festivals around Texas!

Baked Apples- Simple and Delicious

Baked apples are a simple, potentially healthy dessert that is rich and satisfying. They can be made in a variety of ways, from the ultimate healthy option of no added sugar, to a rich and decadent dessert loaded with sugar and butter and topped with ice cream. This is another of those versatile desserts that can be tweaked to suit your taste buds; something you know I love and that I think you will, too. Today I’ll share with you my favorite baked apples recipe, which you can copy or tweak to your heart’s desire. It strikes a nice balance between sweet and savory with notes of brown sugar and cinnamon (and a little butter).

Apples and Wine- A Pairing that is Fine

Okay, I know the title of this post is a little silly, but apple desserts are probably one of my favorite options to pair with wine. Why? Not only are there a number of wines with apple notes (which is a good jumping off point for pairing), but a lot of the spices in apple desserts go well with wine, too. You can pair apples with chocolate, caramel, peanut butter, cinnamon, nutmeg…the list could easily keep going. This opens up a whole slew of wine pairing options beyond what you could get with just plain apples. To help you narrow down the pairing options, I have three wines that I highly recommend you try with the desserts featured this month and with any other apple dessert you crave.

Harvest Time

Happy harvest time, everyone! Yes, September is high harvest time in many parts of the world. This is a very important time in the wine production cycle. Vineyard managers must determine the exact time to pick the grapes- too early and they may be too acidic; too late and they may be too sweet. Warmer climates can start harvesting earlier (warmer weather=faster ripening), as early as July in some places, including Cyprus and Texas. Most other areas in the Northern Hemisphere harvest in late August to early October.

Old-Fashioned Strawberry Pie

I have no idea why, but I have been craving an old-fashioned strawberry pie for months. I’ve never had one but I LOVE strawberries and I LOVE pie, so it just makes sense that I would LOVE strawberry pie. The thing is, old-fashioned strawberry pies really aren’t that common. When you search for a strawberry pie online, it’s a lot easier to find cold strawberry pies than hot ones. Let me just tell you, the world is missing out on this. Old-fashioned strawberry pie is sweet, juicy, and amazing served warm, possibly with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on the side.