Pumpkin Sparking Wine
I love fall! My favorite thing are the fall colours. But a close second is that it’s pumpkin and squash season. Nothing takes the chill off of a cold day like a bowl of creamy butternut squash soup laced with just a touch of nutmeg. Three years ago, if you would have told me that the perfect accompaniment to my beloved soup was pumpkin sparkling wine, I would have scoffed. It doesn’t sound appealing in anyway does it? I bet when you read that you squished up your face and curled your lip. Come on, admit it you did it. I know I did when I first saw it. Although I was skeptical, I was also curious, which is what led me to convince my husband to share a glass with me at the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival. I took a small sip, prepared to spit it out, but to my surprise, not only did I not spit it out, I had another sip, then another. We both liked it so much that we each ordered another glass. The only difference was that this time neither of us was sharing. Now I’m hooked and stock up on pumpkin sparkling wine each year. It’s surprisingly sweet, but not too sweet. With only a hint of pumpkin. It’s refreshing, yet balances the heavier flavors of a butternut squash soup at the same time. Despite my stash, there’s no way it’s going to make it to the end of pumpkin season, it’s simply too good. Have you ever tried pumpkin wine? I can’t think of a more companion for a night of pumpkin carving.