Pumpkin Chili and Pumpkin CrostiniEven though most days the sun is shining brightly with mild balmy temperatures the evenings do get crisp and chili and we tend to stay more indoors and enjoy the warmth of the fireplace. The city is still lush with verdant green trees, brushes and vibrant flowering plants and to our delight we found a few trees and bushes changed into lovely orange and dark reddish brown fall colors, so it is official now that Autumn has arrived here in Southern California. Where the summer and fall seasons seem to carry on longer with abundance of treasures and endless inspirations from the land and of course from the Pacific Ocean.
The Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2011 from Colchagua Valley, Chile is around this price point and we opened the bottle to give it a try with dinner last night. With the holidays approaching it is nice to have a selection of different wines for parties and to share with friends that wont put a big dent into your holiday shopping budget.