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6 Autumn Activities That Pair Enchantingly With Wine

When the leaves get crunchy on the ground and sweater weather quietly settles in, it's easy to feel like you're grasping at straws for clever wine-optional autumn activities. Thankfully, we're chock-full of ideas that will make you quietly mumble, “Gee, why didn't I think of that?" But you know what? Go ahead and tell your friends it was your idea. Your secret is safe with us.

1. Bake an apple pie.

What is it about apple pie that screams autumn? The tangy-sweet flavor simply cannot be beat. But before you pre-heat the oven, you need to ask yourself a crucial question: Am I here for the journey or the destination? If it's the former, try your hand at making the pie from scratch! If the latter, we think that tossing a frozen apple pie in the oven still counts. Most importantly, you can sip on a glass of Brut Cuvée while your home fills with the warm smell of cinnamon apples. And as luck would have it, Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvée offers lively notes of crisp apple. Perfect.

2. Carve pumpkins in your kitchen.

Please, we're begging you, don't give us that Jack-O-Lanterns-are-for-kids nonsense. It's a myth that's gone on long enough. Carving funny faces and weird shapes into hollowed-out pumpkins is just plain fun. Do so with a glass of Pinot Noir in your hand, and it's officially a party. We're partial to Dark Horse Pinot Noir for its bright red hints of cherry.

3. Go (online) holiday shopping.

What makes online holiday shopping so much better than in-store shopping? Um, literally everything: no pushy salespeople, sore feet or lines. Most importantly of all, you're free to sip a glass of Chardonnay while you peruse the virtual shelves in your comfiest pajama pants. And since you're already forgoing traditional holiday shopping, why not skip traditional Chardonnay and sip on Dark Horse Chardonnay — a smooth, oaked wine that's anything but ordinary.

4. Hit up that B&B you've been eyeing.

You know the one we're talking about. You might even have it bookmarked on your browser “just in case." No shame! Autumn is a divine time to curl up beneath an oversized antique quilt with your favorite book and a glass of silky red wine. And FYI, the aromas of spice and vanilla in Prophecy Red Blend marry delightfully with that toasty fireplace air you so often find in a B&B. We're just saying.

5. Go on a picnic.

A surplus of nice jackets and scarves lives in your closet. So do us a favor: Pull those out, pack a nice lunch, toss in a bottle of Merlot, then find a spot with lots of green grass and a pretty view. If you're lacking menu inspiration, let us help you: Ghost Pines Merlot's layers of dark berries, licorice and espresso are just begging to be paired with prosciutto slices and aged bleu cheese.

6. Have a bonfire.

Yeah, there's a nip in the air. We've been through this! But if you toss on the same jacket and scarf you pulled out for the picnic, you'll be perfectly comfortable as you build a nice toasty bonfire. This time, bring along a rich, full-bodied blend of Merlot and Syrah like Apothic Red. Read a book, tell scary stories or meditate in silence as you're surrounded by the auburn colors that only nature in autumn can provide.

Try These Recipes Perfect For Fall

Cinnamon Spice Sangria

Cinnamon Spice Sangria

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Cinnamon Spice makes everything nice! This spiced sangria is the perfect sweater-weather refreshment and easy-as-pie to prepare. Plus, it's super pretty to look at. In summation: this one's a winner.

Apothic Red Moon Over Manhattan

Apothic Red Moon Over Manhattan

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For a spooky take on a classic drink, try adding Apothic Red to this bourbon-forward cocktail. Don't be scared at how much you'll love it.

Mulled Red Wine

Mulled Red Wine

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The warm winter cousin to sangria, this crowd pleaser is great to make in large batches on a snowy day. Seasonal spices like cinnamon and cloves make this mulled wine perfect to sip on by the fire.