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Posted November 6th, 2012 in California, Red Blend

Paring the Pumpkin


Halloween always brings back some fun childhood memories.  Costumes, candy, spider webs, trick-or-treating, ghosts, and most of all: carving pumpkins.  My mother was a holiday fanatic, so no matter what the holiday, she went all out.  And every year we would go to the pumpkin patch and each pick out the PERFECT pumpkin.  Deciding on the design was key, because of course we each wanted to have the best pumpkin of all.  Newspapers, knives, pumpkin pulp, messy hands….it was so much fun.  While carving, we munched on candy and listened to Halloween music.  One of the best parts about carving the pumpkin was the seeds; not sure if you know this, but baked pumpkin seeds are AMAZING.   The experience as a whole was something I looked forward to every year.

Now that I’m an “adult,” I still love to carve pumpkins.  But this year, along with eating candy, I decided to “pair” my Halloween activity with WINE (surprise, surprise).  My newfound love is: The Paring Red.  As a California girl, I am definitely bias toward Cali wines, but I don’t care who you are, this wine is absolutely fantastic and affordable.  It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Grenache, sourced from vineyards on the Central Coast.  The Paring is a project from Jonata, and if you know anything about their wines, you know that everything that they make is exceptional.  I love me some Jonata, but as a struggling New Yorker, The Paring is right up my alley in terms of $$.  The Paring Red was perfect in terms of body and structure, considering I was cutting up a huge orange fruit (yes, it’s a fruit, I googled it).  Growing up on Napa Cabs, I love full bodied juicy reds.  The Paring was not as heavy as a typical Napa Cab, but it was well balanced and silky smooth.  Not to mention, the knife on the label was ideal for the activity.  Of course after the pumpkin was carved, I baked the seeds to perfection, and they were delicious.  Paring the Pumpkin was very enjoyable, and I plan on utilizing this duo for years to come.

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