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Celebrate Fall’s Bounty with the Italian Wine Mosaic

When the hot, sticky days of summer give way to brisk fall weather, head outdoors for a range of activities that celebrate the season’s bounty, from picking apples to wandering around a pumpkin patch. Match the diverse flavors of autumn with wines from the Italian Wine Mosaic. With its diverse range of styles, from bright and fresh white wines to bold and complex reds, the dynamic range of styles in the Italian Wine Mosaic means there’s always a perfect pairing for fall’s harvest cuisine.

Go Apple Picking

Italy’s Alto Adige, a region known for its bright and refreshing Alpine wines, is also home to some of Italy’s best apples. Come fall, you find families wandering through the orchards for a day of apple picking. After an afternoon collecting the bounty of ripe apples, serve slices of the crisp fruit with Gorgonzola cheese during aperitivo hour; their contrasting yet complementary flavors of fruit and umami pair perfectly with Kettmeir Pinot Grigio. Segue into dinner with a glass of Kettmeir Pinot Grigio and Broccoli Pesto Pasta, a savory and filling vegetarian entree to warm you up on a cool autumn evening. The Kettmeir Pinot Grigio, with its notes of pear, citrus and white flowers, balances the vegetal flavors on the plate.

Wander Through A Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin and squash are synonymous with autumn flavors, and exploring a field of orange and gold gourds will spark your culinary imagination. Whether you use your squashes in a sweet dish, such as pumpkin pie, or something savory, like this crowd-pleasing Butternut Squash Hummus, they are some of autumn’s most versatile vegetables. Pair the creamy and satisfying hummus dip with Lamole di Lamole Maggiolo Chianti Classico DOCG. With notes of violets, blackberries and baking spices, the wine perfectly balances the inherent sweetness and savory notes of the squash.

Cook Outdoors

Cooking alfresco is nearly a year-round activity in Italy, and the cooler temperatures in autumn mean you can really turn up the heat—and intensity of flavors. This Grilled Pickle Brine Chicken is both bold and nuanced, the simple marinade surprises with its complexity, while the smoke from the grill adds depth. Pair the kaleidoscope of tastes with Sassoregale Vermentino Maremma Toscana DOC. The wine’s savory minerality pairs with the herbs used in the marinade, while the citrus fruit notes enhance the spices that enliven the dish.

Fall is also an opportunity to take shrimp up a few notches with a spicy and flavorful Cajun Shrimp Boil. Loaded with cayenne, garlic and other robust flavors, the preparation carries the delicate shellfish into another realm. To pair, try the Kettmeir Pinot Bianco. With fresh florals, hints of green apple and a refreshing, dry finish, it preps your palate for another savory bite.

Bond Around a Bonfire

When the sun sets and the temperature drops, gather around a bonfire for an evening of warmth and camaraderie with loved ones.

And what better opportunity than this to dig into heartier fare and bolder wines that hold their own. For a fall-off-the-bone tender treat, try some Balsamic Ribs which benefit from an extra-long marinade. No utensils are required to enjoy the tender meat and savory, sweetly spiced glaze, but you’ll probably want plenty of Wet-Naps on hand. To drink, reach for Sassoregale Sangiovese Maremma Toscana DOC. This pairing nods to the wild boar that roam the land from where this wine originates. This Sangiovese is full in body and showcases flavors and aromas of cherries, herbs, and black pepper, that drink well alongside the umami-powered sauce on the ribs. With its long, persistent finish, the wine preps the palate for the next enticing bite.

For a creative twist on beef, the coffee in the Grilled Coffee Rub Steak adds an unexpected layer of flavor. Cooking the meat for just a few minutes on each side yields a dark crust and juicy interior. Pair it with a true Italian classic: Lamole di Lamole Lareale Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva. This bottle showcases notes of wild berries, toast, and spice. Through the depth of flavor, discover different notes with every bite. The fine-grained tannins stand up to the richness of the meat, and all these elements together create a sumptuous and decadent food and wine experience.

For more fall wine and food pairing ideas and recipes, and to learn more about the Italian Wine Mosaic, click here.