Embrace the Snuggle: Foris Dry Gewurztraminer and Kenwood Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

I’m a girl who loves to sparkle.

I prefer bright sunshine, favorite tee-shirts, 20 pair of flip-flops.

As the season changes to cloudy days and falling temperatures here in the Midwest, it seems everyone is filled with delight over cold nights around the bonfire, warm hoodies and snugly blankets.

All this warm fuzzy sh** could diminish my sparkle!

Or, I suppose I could jump into the snuggles by cooking richly flavored comfort food and gulping, er, pairing, full-on comforting wines!

I adapted a recipe from Food & Wine and made Butternut Squash Ravioli with Mushroom Ragu.

Sweet butternut squash raviolis were topped with a mix of sautéed fennel bulb slices and a mix of mushrooms and fresh herb butter.

Holy snugly blankets! This was delicious!

The wines I chose were equally delicious.

Foris Dry Gewürztraminer from Oregon’s Rogue Valley comes from some of the oldest Gewürztraminer vineyards in Oregon.  Foris “strive(s) for a purity of fruit and concentration of flavors that result from all of our hard work in the vineyards.”

This wine was pure and concentrated indeed.


Aromas are exotic offering notes of sweet baked goods. Sweet citrus blossoms, along with tropical fruits and white pepper layer in.

On the palate, pink grapefruit and ripe peaches join with tropical fruits and honeyed notes.  A hint of grapefruit peel and spice hits the tongue on the dry finish. Layered flavors and elegance come together.

A red wine seemed necessary in this snuggle fest, so I opened the Kenwood Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.

Kenwood Vineyards harvests, ferments and ages each of its vineyards individually, allowing the unique character of each to be expressed, before any blending takes place.  Grapes are mostly hand-picked and after their head Winemaker has personally tasted and approved it.

This hands-on approach created a rich wine perfect for my comforting dish.


Deep garnet in the glass, the aromas are of dark ripe fruits and savory herbs wrapped in smoke.

The palate is rich and warming, full of black cherry and black currant flavors.  More of those savory herbs balance the fruits and mingle with baking spices. Supple tannins wrap everything together.

The sweeter notes of the Gewürztraminer mingled deliciously with the butternut squash’s sweeter flavor, while the wine’s spicy notes brought some brightness to the rich dish.

The Pinot Noir with its savory herb notes was a wonderful pair with all the fresh herbs in the dish.  And the Pinot’s signature acidity kept all the richness of the dish from overwhelming the palate.

Turns out, I could wrap up in a blanket of comfort and still keep my sparkle!


If you are pairing with rich comfort foods;

At your upcoming Thanksgiving meal;

If you prefer full-flavored, richly textured wines.




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