October brings sweater weather, beautiful changing leaves, and delicious pumpkin flavors. While apples and squash are popular in the fall season, pumpkin is still the favorite flavor and it doesn't need to be paired with only sweet or spicy wines. Here are some wines to pair with different pumpkin dishes:
Pumpkin Risotto - This rice dish pairs wonderfully with a dry Prosecco or a Chardonnay. The floral accents of the pumpkin are brought out through the sparkling white wine's clean, light flavors.
Pumpkin Cream Sauce - Cream tends to make a dish heavier so a wine with some weight to it helps balance it out. A wine like Sangiovese can match the strength of a cream sauce without overpowering the pumpkin flavor.
Pumpkin Pie - Oloroso Sherry or Riesling are great wines to pair with pumpkin pie, cake, or other pumpkin desserts because they bring out the spicy flavor.
Pumpkin Soup - Since it's a rich and creamy soup, pumpkin soup pairs well with the bold, tangy flavors of a Sherry to create a delicious contrast.