I love the flavors of fall. Everything from cranberries, squash and pumpkin, to pomegranates, persimmon, and fall apples; it’s a season for hearty flavor. After the trick-or- treats were finished, we settled down to a taste of fall.
A first for us; Carnival Squash
Roasted and drizzled with maple syrup. Mmmm….
Starter salad of butter lettuce, pom seeds, fennel, Honeycrisp apple, and red onion.
The main course; organic chicken breast stuffed with homemade cranberry zinfandel sauce, goat cheese, and fresh thyme. Topped with few capers. Moist, salty, sweet, tangy, creamy…this chicken had it all going on.
Wine pairing: We couldn’t decide between red and white so we went with a little of both. The Rombauer Chardonnay was good, but a tad to oaky for my taste. I decided a red would suit the chicken’s depth of flavors and it did. The 14 Hands “Hot to Trot” was a delicious red blend. I am a huge fan of 14 Hands merlot, and since that isn’t sold retail, I decided to try this blend. It’s a stunning mix; full of ripe fruit, tannins and just a hint of pepper and oak. For you red wine fans, this is perfect. It really has the best elements of a few red varietals, which will make it pleasing to a variety of tastes.
Every part of this meal was spectacular and reminded me why I love fall and don’t miss the passing of summer. Although, since the high is supposed to be 94 today, I’m not sure summer has really passed. (???)
Have a magnificent day lovelies. I’m off to hit up the gym for some upper body weight lifting!