Fall is finally here, and with the beginning of a new season comes a whole collection of new flavors and tasty combinations. Don’t worry, no pumpkin spice in sight here, but we’ve created four delectably autumnal bites that are perfect for serving up at wine night with friends, or as a cozy snack for one while watching scary movies.
Crafting the perfect bite is easy. Just grab a neutral base–for these fall favorites, we suggest trying a crumbly, buttery Effie’s Oatcake–and use our Pairing Principles as a guideline. After that, it’s time to have fun with flavor! For a more autumn feel, we’ve chosen pairings that have a savory profile and pair well with red wine, cider, and hot toddies.
When it comes to crowd-pleasing bites, we’re not trying to re-invent the wheel. The key to great pairings is timeless combos, like pairing sweet with salty. Our favorite version of this dynamic duo? Blue cheese and caramel. Grab a mellow, creamier blue like Stilton or Cambozola and pile on a thick drizzle of Fat Toad Caramel. The result? A mouthful of sea salt bliss with just a hint of cocoa and cooked milk. To amp up the decadence, try constructing this one on top of an Effie’s Cocoacake to really bring out those chocolate undertones.
Cheese and jam are a natural combo, but to get into the fall spirit, we’re combining the rich sweetness of a raspberry jam like the one from Westwind Orchard, and pairing it with an aged Gouda like Roomano or our Aged Goat Gouda. The crunchy, caramel profile of these super snackable cheeses are the perfect accompaniment to a darker, juicier jam than the traditional strawberry or even honey topping. Give this bite a go with a glass of Pinot Noir or craft beer.
Buttery triple cremes are fantastic for every season, but to really spark some cold-weather flavor, we’ve decided to combine a decadent selection like Champlain Valley Organic Triple Cream or Cremeaux de Bourgogne with the rare and luxurious treat of pinecone bud syrup. Fresh from Italy, this sweet syrup tastes like the holidays in a jar, infusing a rich, woodsy savor into a slice of decadent butterfat bliss. If you’re feeling adventurous, top this pairing off with a juicy Amarena cherry for one seriously delicious bite.
Ready to spice things up? Get some fall heat going with a bright dollop of hot honey. Personally, we love this fan-favorite topping with anything savory, and when it comes to cheese, that usually means washed rinds. Typically meatier and funkier than their cheesy siblings, washed wheels like our Cavemaster Reserve 80:10:10 or the classic Taleggio are the perfect complement to a drizzle of Mike’s Hot Honey, creating a blended bite of warm, hearty flavor.