Matching wines with pumpkin

Rosé Wines by the glass

Matching wines with pumpkin

As Halloween approaches and talk of pumpkin carving is in the air,
I thought I would recommend some autumnal wines to match our Head Chef, Kelvin’s pumpkin dishes on his recent blog to create a perfect combination of flavours.

2012 Weingut Rabl, Grüner Veltliner, ‘Spiegel’, Kamptal, Austria : £31

Gruner Veltliner can be described as the signature grape of Austria. This wine with its citrus notes of tangerine and pink grapefruit is riper with a fuller texture than some. The warm days and cool nights produce wines which are succulent and refreshing. Perfect for cutting through the creamy flavours of a pumpkin risotto for example.

2012 Côte de Brouilly, Cuvée Mélanie, Daniel Bouland, Beaujolais, France : £41 

A red wine option is the Brouilly Bouland. With aromas of red fruits, this is a lighter style of red wine. The low tannins and balanced acidity makes this wine great for early consumption.

2012 Andrew Quady, Essensia Orange Muscat, Madera, California, USA : £271/2bt

For a sweet dish such as pumpkin pie try the Andrew Quady Orange Muscat. Quady’s Essensia is lightly fortified to 15% alcohol and aged in barrels for about 3 months. This wine’s balanced acidity and orange aroma provide more of a fresh fruit feel rather then the traditional sticky dessert wine many are accustomed to.

To taste these delicious wines for yourselves, visit us at Donnington Valley Hotel where they are all available in our WinePress Restaurant or if you are looking for something a little bit different why not come along to our Greek Wine dinner on the 1st of November, The Feast of Dionysus, to experience the taste of a variety of Greek wines.


Chris Neeves
Beverages Manager

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