5 Apple Dessert and Wine Pairings Perfect for Fall

fall apple desserts

We feel as though pumpkin gets all the credit when it comes to fall desserts. Which is just nor fair. Apples desserts scream fall to us with the brown sugar and cinnamon flavors. These 5 fall apple desserts and wine pairings are perfect for the season!

Before you go on, just a reminder, it is the holiday season, so indulging in some apple desserts is required! 

Fall Apple Dessert and Wine Pairings

apple cheesecake - fall apple desserts

#1 Apple Crisp Cheesecake

This apple crisp cheesecake recipe is packed full with everything! Apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, and caramel drizzle bring this cheesecake together in fall apple dessert fashion. 

For this sweet creation we suggest a sweet Riesling or Cava. Riesling has flavor notes of green apple that will go nicely with the apple flavors. The sweetness from the Riesling is also a great pairing for the caramel drizzle and cinnamon flavors. 

Cava or Spanish Champagne is another great addition to this cheesecake. While the wine itself has flavor notes of yellow apple, the bubbles from the wine are also great for cutting through the creaminess from the cheesecake. 

Don’t want to go through the struggle of making a cheesecake? You can also make these apple crisp bites

5 fall apple desserts and wine pairings

#2 Apple Crumble

Apple crumble is warm and gooey on the inside but has a slight crunch on the outside! We love our apple crumble with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

The best wine to pair with this brown sugar and apple creation would be Zinfandel. The jammy fruit-forward flavors from the Zin will make a great addition to the apple crumble flavors of brown sugar, apple, and cinnamon. 

Plus if you enjoy your apple crumble with a little bit of ice cream on top, Zin is the perfect vino to pair with it!

Cabin 5 Zinfandel
Bright Cellars’ Cabin 5 Zinfandel

Our go-to for this pairing is Bright Cellars’ Cabin 5 Zinfandel. This red wine has flavor notes of black pepper, strawberry, and raspberry.

#3 Apple Dumplings

Apple dumplings are a twist on a classic apple pie. These mini apple pies are perfect for a fall themed holiday party or when you’re craving something sweet!

The inside of the dumplings are filled with apple, cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla. The outside is fresh crescent pastry dough that has that sweet buttery flavor. 

The best wine pairing for this apple treat is an oaked Chardonnay. An oaked Chardonnay has been aged in an oak barrel and because of that aging it gives it a vanilla and buttery flavor. That butter-like flavor will go perfectly with the pastry dough outside, and then the vanilla and fruit flavors will pair nicely with the filling. 

Fall apple desserts and Chene Cremeaux
Bright Cellars Chêne Crémeux Chardonnay

Bright Cellars Chêne Crémeux Chardonnay is the perfect pairing for apple dumblings! The buttery wine has ripe flavor notes of pineapple, peach, and melon. 

#4 Apple Pie

We know, you were worried we were going to leave this one out, but we could never! The classic apple pie is a fall tradition and who can blame people for loving it so much.

Our favorite wine for this creation is the Moscato d’Asti. This fizzy, sweet wine goes great with the apple, cinnamon, and vanilla flavors in the apple pie. The bubbles from the wine give an added layer of texture to the apple pie crunchy crush and sweet smooth filling. The Moscato d’Asti will also be great for the ice cream to pile on top! 

Apple Cobbler - fall apple desserts

#5 Apple Cobbler

While apple cobbler is similar to apple pie, it has a slight difference, the buttery breading!

Because of the buttery breading with apple cobbler, the best wine for this fall treat is a Viognier. Viognier can have that slightly creamy and buttery taste – similar to an oaked Chardonnay. 

The full-bodied white wine has flavor notes of rose, peach, and honeysuckle that will pair nicely with the apple, cinnamon, and buttery flavors from the apple cobbler. 

Fall apple desserts and Humdrum Viognier
Bright Cellars Humdrum Viognier

We like to pair our apple cobbler with a glass of Humdrum Viognier! This white wine boasts ripe, tropical fruit flavors with lifted citrus and floral notes. 

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Our staff is full of passionate wine lovers. With our amazing sommeliers at the helm, we’ve been schooled on all things wine. We came together to write this article, in hopes of spreading a little wine-ducation with you.


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