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Fall Wine Tasting with Sommelier Jenny Benzie

Mary Gibble

Food and Wine Pairings for Fall from an expert sommelier - detailed tablescape for a Florida-themed partyThe Wine & The Food

We asked Jenny Benzie, the head sommelier and CEO of Pour Sip Savor in Palm Beach, for her favorite wine and food pairings to enjoy during the fall season.

Benzie notes that in autumn, “there is a switch in white wine from the crisp, dry style to something that has more weight on the palate and complexity, but without the heavy hand of oak.” Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2009 embodies this philosophy and pairs well with fall dishes like curried sweet potato-apple soup or pork schnitzel and baked apples with fennel.

“For easy drinking, I like a blend from the Southern Rhône in France that will have moderate complexity with some pepper and spice,” Benzie says. She suggests pairing J.L. Chave Côtes-du-Rhône Mon Coeur 2011 with a Rustico pizza topped with arugula, Stracchino cheese, pancetta and garlic.

“For a special occasion, I want a dry red wine that has rich tannins but is not overextracted with tons of fruit and alcohol.” Pair Nino Negri’s 5 Stelle Sfursat di Valtellina 2009 with a Tuscan-style veal chop grilled with olive oil.

Benzie describes Psi Ribera del Duero 2010 as “rich and intense on the nose and velvety on the palate; the finish lingers on and on.” She likes to pair this Spanish wine with braised lamb with roasted squash and onion sauce.
 

home wine cellar dinner - Marc-Michaels Interior Design

This intimate wine cellar, crafted by Marc-Michaels Interior Design, would be ideal for a small group of connoisseurs looking to savor many bottles.

Photo by Kim Sargent

 

al fresco table setting for an intimate yet festive dinner party - Sugar(ed_ Event Design and Planning

On the other hand, this al fresco table display, created by Miranda Estes of Sugar(ed) Event Design and Planning with the help of Starfish Studios photography, presents a more celebratory atmosphere.

Photo by Starfish Studios

 

Florida-themed table scape - al fresco table setting for an intimate yet festive dinner party - Sugar(ed) Event Design and Planning

Layers of lace, gold and organic materials like wood and avocados, combined with stylized Champagne bottles, make for a festive yet casual spot to enjoy some vino. 

Photo by Starfish Studios

 

Chateau Baccarat wine tasting glasses

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The Château Baccarat wine tasting glasses (prices start at $85) are designed to allow tasters to pick up delicate aromas and subtleties.

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