Sparkling Autumn Chianti

Sparkling Autumn Chianti Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett
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.


Makes 7 cups
Total time: 8 Hours, 15 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 15 Minutes
Total: 8 Hours, 15 Minutes


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


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.


Prepare and chill up to 24 hours beforehand.