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Scott Knauer
 
November 25, 2019 | Scott Knauer

Fun Thanksgiving Recipes with Red Wine

Thanksgiving is here, and it’s our favorite time of year to explore new recipes, unique ingredients, flavors, and wine pairings. We scoured Pinterest for some unique recipes that incorporate wine to bring some unique flavors to your table this fall.

Cranberry sauce made with red wineMake your cranberry sauce the star this year rather than one of those dishes that gets passed around the table too rapidly. What’s the secret? We love this recipe from the blog A Dash of Megnut. Megan’s advice is to use a quality wine that you love to drink to impart its flavors into the sauce. Our recommendations are to bring out the tartness of the cranberries with a sweet wine like Rising Red, or our Chambourcin to give it a more dry, savory flavor.

Bring something new to your table this year by including a fall favorite like fresh figs. Food blogger Samantha Ferraro, who writes at LittleFerraroKitchen.com, has a fantastic recipe to serve with your charcuterie boards before the main dinner. Your favorite red wine will amplify this dish, but also give it a unique flavor. We recommend Traveler Red, our semi-sweet, semi-dry blend for the perfect balance with sweet figs.

Garlic mushrooms sautéed with red winFinally, for a dish with more umami richness, we went for the garlic and buttery goodness of red wine and garlic mushrooms, a recipe from Drag It Through the Garden.  The beauty of this recipe, like the others, is you can impart the flavors of your favorite dry red wine. For a buttery dish like this, we would go for our bold Cabernet Sauvignon. For special occasions, go big or go home, right?

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! If you need an extra holiday outing with all of your family and loved ones in town, we will be open Wednesday, November 27, closed for Thanksgiving, then open again on Friday and Saturday. Come see us!

Time Posted: Nov 25, 2019 at 12:27 PM
Scott Knauer
 
October 30, 2019 | Scott Knauer

Halloween Wine and Candy Pairings from Enchantment Vineyards

The thrill of spilling out the evening's Halloween candy pull across the dining room table is quite different for parents. As your child surveys their loot from the neighborhood, savvy parents begin eyeballing their favorites and stake their claim in a so-called parent tax. This year, make this practice even more enjoyable (to you) as you generously teach your children that sharing is a noble virtue! Here are some of our favorite wine and candy pairings, because wine pairings don't (and shouldn't) always be snobby. And remember: these wine pairings are for ghosts and ghouls aged 21 and over!

Snickers and Syrah

Let's face it: Snickers is a mature candy bar that packs a punch. That's why we like pairing it up with a wine with some bite! Let the richness of our Syrah pull out the intense flavors of chocolate, nougat, and peanuts.

Butterfinger and Chardonnay

As with anything fatty, creamy, or buttery, Bart Simpson's favorite candy bar is immensely improved when paired with our Reserve Chardonnay. You may never look at Butterfingers the same again.

Skittles (or Smarties) and Sunset Rosé

Our dry Sunset Rosé is a colorful way to accentuate the tartness of candies like Skittles or Smarties. You may also wish to try it with Sour Skittles and Nerds. The tart candies will help pull out notes of raspberry or plum.

Reese Peanut Butter Cups and Pinot Noir

The king of all Halloween candy to many, we can't help but have one or two extra Reese Peanut Butter Cups anyway, regardless of when paired with our Double Gold Pinot Noir. The candy's rich flavors will play nicely with the wine's fruit flavors and earthy qualities.

PayDay and Chambourcin

PayDay is a uniquely polarizing candy bar. Love it or hate it, we think you ought to give it another chance the next time you're enjoying a glass of dry, red Chambourcin wine grown in New Mexico. Let's face it: when you're indulging in a candy bar, sometimes you want to make the perfect excuse and go with an option like a PayDay. Like our previous pairing of Pinot Noir and Reese Cups, the duo of PayDay and Chambourcin celebrate two earthy flavors together.

Jolly Ranchers and Cacti White Semi-Sweet Blend

The wild fruit flavors of our Cacti White Semi-Sweet Blend are all over the map, which made this wine pairing easy. Jolly Ranchers offer dozens of flavor combos while you sip. Shake it up and try your next glass with our favorites: Green Apple or Pink Lemonade, in our most colorful wine pairing yet.

Happy Halloween from all of us at Enchantment Vineyards. May your treks for candy be warm, safe, and sweet.

Time Posted: Oct 30, 2019 at 4:18 PM