You’re all gathered around the table—even great aunt Shirley. The food is fab, the conversation is lively and the wine is flowing. This is everyone’s holiday wish, right? But what if you could take that simple dream a notch further, and make it a dinner worth remembering for decades to come? It all starts with a show stopping fall centerpiece and the perfect Paso Robles offerings to pair it with. Whether you’re old school autumnal or minimal chic, these 5 ideas take holiday feasting to epic new heights. Don’t be surprised if your guests need to take a photo of the glorious table spread before they can dig in and grub down.
1. A Very Modern Holiday
Succulents may not be the quintessential fall plant, but in sunny Paso Robles, these native water-sippers thrive all year round. Snip a few architectural buds and tuck them into a low wooden box strewn with pretty stones for a minimalist effect. Tip: Carve out a pumpkin or gourd and place succulents inside for a uniquely modern autumn look. Click here for inspiration and instructions.
Pair with: A clean, modern table calls for an equally fresh wine. Go for Sculpterra Winery’s 2015 Paso Pink Rose, and you’ll be toasting to your good taste in no time. With strawberry, raspberry, and vibrant tropical fruits, this pink, perky drink is as festive (and nontraditional) as they come.
2. Flickering Orbs
Paso Robles may be a tad hot for growing apples, but we sure do love our hard cider! Pick up a cold frosty bottle and refresh your senses as the temps cool down. Another neat trick for incorporating lovely autumn apples into your next dinner? Hollow out a few and place votive candles inside. These simple flickering centerpieces will add storybook appeal to any festive feast. Click here for inspiration and instructions. Tip: See Canyon in nearby San Luis Obispo is bursting with fresh apples this time of year. Grab the kids and go for a you-pick excursion that will add deliciousness to your DIY project.
Pair with: Forget bobbing for apples. This crisp hard cider is so much more satisfying. More than 55 types of apples go into each bottle of Bristols Original, and it shows in the complex flavor. Inspired by the dry English cider, you’ll find it pairs perfectly with ham, turkey, and the all-important garlic mashed potatoes. We’ll take thirds!
3. Sparkle and Shine
Recycle your holiday wine bottles by turning them into tomorrow’s table talking piece. Scrub the bottles, remove any labels and fill with beautiful twinkling holiday lights. This DIY tutorial shows you exactly how to turn trash to treasure. Drink a lot of wine? We sure do. Turn excess bottles into coveted holiday gifts for friends and family.
Pair with: A sparkly table calls for—what else—sparkly wines! Pop the cork and celebrate in style with sparkling wines from Rava Winery, Paso Robles Wine Country’s newest winery and event venue. Specializing in sparkling wines méthode champenoise, this one stop shop has all the vital equipment needed to control the entire process in house from vine to bottle. This third-generation farming family takes great pride in growing and harvesting their own grapes, striving to retain the intimate link between their roots and their wine.
4. Golden Goodies
Mini pumpkins and bumpy gourds are always appropriate for a fall table, but why not glam ’em up a bit? Live a little, and break out the gold spray paint! A thin coat will turn your ho-hum harvest into a gilded conversation starter. Click here for inspiration and instructions. Tip: For dessert, bust out poached pears and blue cheese drizzled with honey. This wine, in tandem with the sweet, funky flavors, will knock their fall-themed socks off.
Pair with: Glitzy centerpieces call for a solid gold pairing. Hearthstone Vineyard and Winery’s 2010 Pear Delight—a mix of 25% roussanne and 75% viognier—is a bright golden color and yields aromas of orange blossom, pineapple, white nectarine, and papaya.
5. Wow ‘em with Winegrapes
A harvest inspired table spilling with seasonal delights is incomplete without wine grapes! Create a uniquely Paso Robles cornucopia with a table laden with juicy grapes and leafy vines. Click here for inspiration. Tip: If you don’t have your own vines, ask a friend or neighbor. You can always resort to a fabricated cluster, but if you happen to be in Paso Wine Country, there’s no need to fake it!
Pair with: Go bold or go home! Give ‘em some true Paso Robles wine country love with a bottle of Brecon Estate 2014 Reserve Cabernet. Aged for 22 months in French oak, get ready for silky smooth tannins and a lingering finish.
This blog was written by Hayley Thomas Cain, food and wine writer for SLO New Times and PasoRoblesWineries.net. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on instagram @flavorslo.
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