With October being a busy month for all – sometimes we think the best way to relax is in the comfort of your own home, turn on your new favorite tv show and enjoy the company of your longest friends. This removes the hassle and hustle of going out. While we’re 100% in support of ordering your favorite Chinese take-out for your friends to pair with a refreshing Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc, why not try something new! Here are a few quick, easy recipes to help you look like a pairing-pro and that are sure to delight even your pickiest of friends (looking at you, Karen!)
Rhone Whites & Cheesy Pumpkin Chickpea Croquettes
There’s no doubt that the Pumpkin is the ultimate icon for October, so let’s celebrate with this crunchy take on classic fall flavor. Pair these bites with a medium-bodied Rhone white wine, such as Marsanne-Roussane, Viognier or a blend and let the stone-fruit and nutty flavors complement the cheesy goodness of your croquettes.
We suggest these Dry Creek Valley Rhone Whites:
Trattore Farms & Winery – MR (60% Marsanne, 40% Roussanne), $35
Mounts Family Winery – Verah Blanc (52% Roussanne, 37% Grenache Blanc, 6% Picpoul Blanc & 5% Marsanne), $28
West Wines – Viognier, $23
Find the recipe for Cheesy Pumpkin Chickpea Croquettes by clicking here to go to Babble.com.
Zinfandel & BBQ Turkey Meatballs
We know that turkey doesn’t take center stage until the end of November, but why does turkey only get Thanksgiving in the sun? This versatile and healthy meat works so well with the spices from your favorite BBQ sauce making it a perfect pairing for Dry Creek Valley’s signature red wine – Zinfandel! We won’t tell your friends how many of these you ate before they actually showed up…promise.
Try pairing any of these Dry Creek Valley Zinfandels:
Dry Creek Vineyard – Old Vine Zinfandel, $32
Chateau Diana – Zombie Zin, $9 or $28 for reserve
Seghesio Family Vineyards – Cortina Zinfandel, $40
Whip up a batch of these spicy turkey meatballs with this recipe from Sugar Dish Me.
Carignane & Sweet Potato Rounds with Goat Cheese
Carignane comes typically bursting with fall flavors of cranberries and baking spice. Making it one of our favorite wines to drink when the leaves turn. This wine is renowned for is food pairing capability so you are welcome to branch off and try your own special recipe. One incredible pairing we can’t get enough of is this savory sweet combination of sweet potatoes and goat cheese.
Stock up on these Dry Creek Valley Carignanes for Autumn:
Frick Winery – Carignane, $26
Peterson Winery – Carignane, Bradford Mountain Estate, $30
Amphora Vineyards – Carignane, Forchini Vineyards, $35
Check out Ciao Florentina for this tasty Sweet Potato Rounds recipe.
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