Move Over Lattes; Pumpkin is Good for So Much More

Move Over Lattes; Pumpkin is Good for So Much More

img_1102-1024x682_400Pies, spice, and cold weather. Like it or not, the season is upon us for the indulgent fall dishes and beverages that involve pumpkin. Instead of waiting on line at your local coffee shop for an over-seasoned latte, let's give this fun winter squash the respect it deserves with these great food and wine combinations.

Start with this aromatic and rich Ginger-Apple Pumpkin Soup, with spicy and floral flavors balanced with sweet apple. Try it with a crisp and aromatic Italian white wine like pinot grigio or the lesser-known fruilano, equally crisp and floral.

ALOIS LAGEDER Pinot Grigio 2012 (Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy) $14
LIVIO FELLUGA Friulano 2012 (Colli Orientali del Friuli, Italy) $23

You can’t beat this indulgent Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter with its creamy filling. An oaked chardonnay with its sweet vanilla flavor and full body will complement the herbs, spices, butter, and pumpkin in the dish.

SONOMA-CUTRER Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2012 (Sonoma Coast, CA) $23
STOLLER FAMILY ESTATE Reserve Chardonnay 2012 (Dundee Hills, OR) $35

Who needs Thai take out when you can make this flavor packed Spicy Thai-Style Pumpkin and Butternut Ramen full of herbs, earthy mushrooms, and curry spice? Look for something fruity that has some sweetness to offset the heat, like an off-dry riesling.

CHARLES SMITH "Kung Fu Girl" Riesling 2013 (Columbia Valley, WA) $12
FOX RUN VINEYARDS Semi-Dry Riesling 2012 (Finger Lakes, NY) $14

When you’re craving comfort food, try this Pumpkin & Beef Autumn Stew made in a slow cooker. Look for a wine equally comforting and hearty, like Rhône style wines (syrah and grenache blends) with robust flavors, herbal aromas, and earthiness.

E. GUIGAL Côtes du Rhône Rouge 2010 (Côtes du Rhône, France) $14
AVENNIA “Justine” Rhône Blend 2012 (Columbia Valley, WA) $40

What is your favorite use for pumpkin besides lattes or pies? Let us know below.

Photo Credit: Pick Up The Whisk

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