It’s fall, so that means one thing…Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING!!! Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Pumpkin Spice Bagels, Pumpkin Spice Candles, Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream, Pumpkin Spice Cereals, even Pumpkin Spice Pizza! I, for one, can not get enough pumpkin spice, even in the 90 degree weather that DC has been having!
Pumpkin Spice is truly an American “thing.” It has almost nothing to do with pumpkin, other than that it was originally used as an ingredient for Pumpkin Pie. Now, it is used as a sweetener or flavor. Created back in the 1890s, the mix consists of cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and ginger. Some people include cardamon or lemon/orange peel. In the last 10 years or so, it has become a popular trend that represents the beginning of fall. Many stores/restaurants/establishments have their own limited edition pumpkin spice products, all which have nothing to do with pumpkin, but are still in high demand!
Since it is a sweeter mix, Pumpkin spice needs to be paired with wines that can hold up to the flavor and not be masked by it. This can be done in two ways; either pair the dish with sweeter whites, to match the sweetness of the spice mix, or with bitter reds, to contrast the sweet flavors. Here is a list of my top 5 wines that would pair well with any of your favorite Pumpkin Spice treats!
- Vietti Cascinetta Moscato D’Asti ($15)- Both sweet and bitter, with juicy peach, ginger, and dried rose petal flavors. This would bring out the spicier ginger and cloves from the pumpkin spice.
- Domaine Weinbach Schlossberg Grand Cruz Riesling ($33)- Riesling from Alsace would be a fantastic pumpkin spice pairing. Alsatian Rieslings are nice and dry with peach, floral, and acidic flavors. They are clean flavors, using no oak in the fermenting process. These qualities enhance the sweetness of the pumpkin spice, delivering the flavors throughout your tastebuds.
- Early Mountain Novum ($38)- This blend featuring mostly Cabernet Franc is from one of my favorite vineyards in Virginia. Cabernet Franc tends to have strong fruity aromas with a spicy, leathery taste. This one one of the most perfect red wines that I can think of to pair with pumpkin spice. When eating a pumpkin spice cookie, for example, the wine’s fruity smells will bring out the sweeter notes of the cookie. Upon drinking the wine, the clove and ginger of the spice will bring out with the wine’s similar flavor.
- Messias Tawny Port ($21)- With smoky vanilla, toasted almonds, and caramel flavors, this port will be a great companion with Pumpkin Spice. It has a thicker body, as it is fortified, and would bring a creaminess to whatever has the pumpkin spice.
- Anne Amie Pinot Gris ($19)- I posted about this gorgeous wine back in June (read about it here!), and was amazed by the flavor! It was amazingly citrusy, smelling of Meyer lemon, pear, and rose petals. The flavor was sweet for being such a dry wine, which is what would amplify the taste of pumpkin spice. I imagine that it would make the amazing flavor of Pumpkin Trader Joe Joe’s (like Pumpkin Oreos) sing forever!
Questions for you:
- Do you like pumpkin spice?
- What are some of you favorite pumpkin spice products?
- Do you have any yummy pumpkin spice recipes?
- What are some of the strangest things that you have seen pumpkin spice put into?