Three pumpkin recipes for three wines Carpineto: celebrating Halloween

“All Hallows’ Eve”, i.e. All Saints’ Eve. The origin of the name Halloween lies in this expression identifying the evening of 31 October preceding All Saints’ Day. Originating in the Anglo-Saxon world and then spreading to the United States, Halloween is now also widely celebrated in Europe. Vampire masks; shop windows that are filled with “devilish” pumpkin and sinister little monsters; children knocking on our doors reciting the well-established formula: “trick or treat?”. The symbols of Halloween are now familiar to all.

It is precisely one of these that we want to talk to you about today: the pumpkin. Because as good wine lovers, we can’t help but take the opportunity to recommend some excellent recipes to go with our “Halloween wines”.

Pumpkin Risotto and Carpineto Dogajolo Bianco

Let’s start with a great autumn classic. In this season, tables take on an orange hue: pumpkin is one of the most versatile ingredients on our table, and there are so many ways in which we can prepare it. One of these is the classic risotto, which we can – if we wish – enrich in many ways. Adding, perhaps, a bit of browned sausage; or the freshness of a prawn; or, again, the crispy texture of a bacon. In its “basic” version, pumpkin risotto expresses its full tasty sweetness. This we can balance in two ways: with a sprinkling of Pecorino Romano cheese and with a glass of Carpineto Dogajolo Bianco. A wine with a perfect balance of acidity and savouriness, with aromas of yellow fruit and a very pleasant drinkability. Able to respect both the delicacy of the dish and its structure.

Potato and pumpkin pie and Carpineto Chianti Classico

A very versatile oven recipe that you can serve both as a tasty starter and as a main course. The pumpkin, combined with the starch of the potato, yields a pie with a nice texture, a pleasant sweet tendency and just the right amount of moisture. Again, you can indulge yourself with ingredients that add structure to the dish. Perhaps a fiordilatte cheese, which gives that typical mellow note; or a little raw ham, to be dosed wisely so as to avoid it bringing out too much salt during cooking. The watchword, when it comes to pumpkin on the table, is delicacy.

For this reason, we suggest an equally soft and fragrant wine with good body and good structure: Carpineto Chianti Classico. Lovely acidity, velvety tannin and good intensity on the nose make it a wine that you can pair with the pies for your guests to your satisfaction. For the tastiest of Halloweens.

Pumpkin and chocolate cake and Carpineto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015

Here is the perfect dish to round off your Halloween menu in the best possible way! A tasty baked pumpkin pie covered with an equally tempting dark chocolate ganache. Flavours that come together, blending the sweetness of the pumpkin and the bitter touch of the chocolate, for a taste experience to carve in your memory for the best Halloween ever. A richly flavoured cake that goes well with a fine, elegant and never banal wine like Carpineto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015. The fruit of a great five-star vintage, very broad and persistent on the nose, it is a wine with great structure and body that are at the same time accompanied by profound elegance. Hints of wild berries, vanilla, toast and spices perfectly complement the flavour of dark chocolate.

Carpineto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015 is a wine of unique depth that does full justice to the celebrated appellation of this land that looks towards the Val d’Orcia. A sensory journey that puts the signature on your perfect Halloween-themed dinner.

All that’s left to do is to get to the cooker and celebrate Halloween with its most famous symbol. No tricks for us wine lovers: just a sweet dinner in the company of pleasure and taste.