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Swishing Pumpkins

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  • Publish Date: Oct 22, 2009

Autumn is just about as American as the Fourth of July. Think Brett Favre eating pumpkin pie while playing pick-up in a pair of Wrangler jeans.

Fall is a great time to get outdoors, but it also offers the opportunity to test an array of heavenly, seasonal pairings with pumpkin. This versatile squash finds its way into dishes from muffins to soups and risottos to pies. So we’ve provided a few “perfect pumpkin pairings” (try saying that five times quickly), suggestions for next time you find yourself ordering something pumpkin, or cooking it yourself.


Pumpkin Ravioli: For those plump pillows ready to pop with pumpkin puree, we recommend a dry Riesling, Gewurztraminer or Chardonnay.

Pumpkin Soup: Pair a rich, comforting pumpkin soup with the floral and aromatic Viognier.

Pumpkin Risotto: Sauvignon Blanc, particularly a Sancerre, makes a beautiful and contrasting pairing for a primo pumpkin risotto.

Pumpkin Pie: For the ultimate pumpkin dish—the one you’ve loved since childhood—try Late Harvest Semillion or the beloved, “liquid caramel and honey” Sauternes.

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