There is something so romantic to me about the falling leaves, cozy nights by the fire and even the rainy mornings that fall brings. What better way to spend a fall evening than enveloped in the aromas of fall’s best produce, drinking some (reasonably priced) perfectly-paired wine and finishing off the night with seasonal treats? For this Sunday Night Dinner, I wanted to emulate the fall wine harvest that happens around this time every year. Leaves have turned colours and the grapes are ready to harvest. While we weren’t actually on a vineyard, it certainly felt like it. Between the colours of the flowers by The Flower Factory and the big red wine glasses, this easy-to-put together family-style feast transported me straight to Napa in the fall. I hope this Sunday Night Dinner brings you around the table with your loved ones to sip great wine, savour great food, and share the memories you’ll certainly make. Make sure to stay tuned all week as I recap the recipes and wine pairings as well!
All photos by the incredibly talented, Christie Graham Photography.
Prepping for the fall harvest dinner
Catching the last of the afternoon rays
Small details can make a big impact
Butternut squash soup
Ready to dine
Candles always set the tone
Plotting the next Sunday Night Dinner (to come next month!)
Sunday Night Dinner – Fall Harvest Edition
When hosting a wine pairing dinner, you don’t have to worry too much about what your table will look like. Cooking whole, natural foods and pairing them with delicious wine will look beautiful enough! However, if you want to take your dinner party to the next level (don’t we all), I would suggest investing in a couple of items. First and foremost, a flower arrangement can really bring everything together. Gloria from The Flower Factory hit the nail on the head with her arrangement of cabernet-toned dahlias, rich snow berries, perfectly placed greenery, and even some dried wheat to tie it all together.
When picking up a new book at Chapter’s, I found these gorgeous serving boards made of real wood that complemented our table. I loved the variation of heights on the table and think it made the whole tablescape a little more interesting.
Now, onto one of my favourite parts of the table: the wine glasses. Ever since starting to watch Scandal a few months ago, I’ve had my eyes on these wine glasses. What can be more romantic and elevated than super tall, big red wine glasses? While they aren’t the most practical, that’s ok! Not everything has to be! It’s nice to have a few different types of glassware for different occasions. These are going to become my go-to wine glasses for dinner parties.
Overall, when entertaining I always remember to keep the focus on the food and wine and let that shape how I plan the rest of the night. Most importantly, flowers make a huge impact and they last for a week so don’t be afraid to buy a small arrangement for your next party. You’ll be glad you did!
Coming up tomorrow and Tuesday – all of the recipes from the food you see above. Most importantly, make sure to stop by on Wednesday for a full recap of the wines pictured here as well as their food pairings and tasting notes. It is #WineWednesday after all!
Pictures: Christie Graham Photography
Flowers: The Flower Factory
Wine: Moschofilero Boutari, Brunel de la Gardine Cotes Du Rhone 2012, Dow’s Ten Year Old Tawny Port
Styling & Concept: Sophie Collins of Sip Savour Share