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Sparkling Autumn Chianti

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Hands-on time 15 mins
Total time 8 hrs, 15 mins
Yield Makes 7 cups
A blanc de noirs, with its fruity, hint of vanilla flavor, is a great sparkling wine choice for this recipe. We also suggest using Lady or Gala apples.


  • 1 Bartlett pear
  • 3 small apples
  • 3 fresh plums, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 cup cane syrup
  • 2 (4-inch) rosemary sprigs
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle Chianti
  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle sparkling white wine, chilled
  • Garnish: fresh rosemary sprigs

How to Make It

  1. Cut pear lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices, cutting from stem end through the bottom. Cut apples crosswise into 1/4-inch slices.

  2. Stir together pear, apples, plums, and next 3 ingredients in a 3-qt. glass container until fruit is coated. Gradually stir in Chianti. Cover and chill 8 to 24 hours.

  3. Stir in sparkling white wine just before serving. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.

Cook's Notes

Prepare and chill up to 24 hours beforehand.