Along with the cooler weather of Fall, there are certain foods that are synonymous with the season. So, to help you navigate some of these seasonal standards, we’ve compiled a list of a few Fall edibles and the types of wines that pair best with them.

PumpkinIt doesn’t feel like Fall without pumpkins and pumpkin spiced treats. For sweet and rich dishes pair with a Viognier (a white wine grape variety) and for salty or savory snacks try a barrel-aged Port (dark red fortified wine).

ApplesThey are available all year around but apples are at their best in late summer and early Fall. Arrange raw apple slices on a cheese plate and serve it with a fruity Gewürztraminer  (aromatic wine grape variety used in whites). For candied apples and apple pie, try out a sweet Vouvray (a white wine made with Chenin Blanc grapes).

Pears – These are another popular fall fruit and they can be enjoyed raw or made into a tasty dessert. For a dish such as roasted pears with apricots and pistachios, a glass of Sauternes (a French dessert wine with hints of honey, ginger, and lemon) would go perfectly.

Venison or Wild Game – Fall is a big hunting season and because these meats tend to have strong, rich flavor, a big red with lots of tannin will smooth out when paired with the richness of the meat. Suggestions are Red Bordeaux (made from a blend of grapes), Barbaresco (an Italian wine made with the Nebbiolo grape), or Barolo (another red Italian wine made from the Nebbiolo grape).

Mushrooms – These too are available year-round but wild mushrooms generally appear in Fall. When grilled and layered on top of garlic toast, they pair wonderfully with a Chablis (a dry white burgundy wine) or Champagne (a white sparkling wine). If you prefer reds, pair a Rioja (made from a blend of grape varieties, Tempranillo being the dominant grape) with a mushroom soup or mushroom risotto.

Sweet Potatoes – Being a versatile vegetable, sweet potatoes can be mashed or made into fries and pies. If baked into a dish like shepherd’s pie, pair it with a Zinfandel (full-bodied wine made from a variety of black-skinned wine grape). For mashed sweet potatoes, a lighter red blend or Pinot Noir (a red wine grape variety). If baked into fries, go for a White Burgundy (a more acidic white wine).

Of course, it really comes down to preference but don’t be afraid to try something new. Who knows? You might just find a favorite. Happy Pairing!