It's dreary and cold and time to turn on the oven and bake up something warm and sweet. And time to pour a little something to make my stomach warm while I bake.
I still have an abnormal amount of pumpkin leftover in my pantry from the holiday season so I decided to whip up some pumpkin bread while I popped open a bottle of one of my favorite holiday wines- Belle Glos Dairyman Pinot Noir.
This wine shouldn't necessarily be boxed into the "holiday" category because it is fabulous all year round, but the wax seal just adds that extra level of flair that I consider holiday special.
This wine is a slightly on the pricier side - runs about $50 a bottle- the top shelf at the grocery store. I actually picked up my most recent bottle at the local Safeway. I definitely was feeling a little fancy pants tonight even though my pants were of the yoga variety. This wine does not judge you.
This is not your average pinot noir. This wine is far from light bodied. Each sip is smooth and full of cranberry, raspberry, and hints of baking spice and vanilla. Just describing this wine makes me think of the holiday season. It is refined, and even the newest of wine drinkers can appreciate the depth of this wine when it is presented to them. (Mostly because the bottle looks fancy AF.)
To keep going with my holiday tangent, I can't help but smile at the pairing of this wine with my homemade pumpkin bread. The bread is sweet and full of spices that create a festive party in your mouth.
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 2/3 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 1/2 cups pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 2/3 cup water
- 3 1/3 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
The first thing you do is open your Belle Glos. Then you pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together until smooth.
Grease up your bread tin with butter - don't cheat and use the spray. It comes out a zillion times more delicious when you use straight butter here. Then pour into bread pan, cup cake tins, or your vessel of choice and bake for about 45 min. The time varies based on your vessel so make sure you are checking your treat with a toothpick as it bakes and pulling it out when the tooth pick is clean.
A near perfect pairing especially on days when you want that snuggly warmth.