It’s Fall (Autumn to me) and the leaves are coming down. Today was a beautiful, sunny day in Chicago, so it seemed the perfect opportunity to be outside, tidying up in the garden. My husband had worked so hard sweeping up and bagging debris that I thought I would arrange a little break for him. I set the table with these pumpkin branches, bought a huge, caramel-peanut apple to share, and opened some chilled, natural, apple cider. This Artisanal Reserve, Lansdowne, from Crispin has Irish stout in it so it’s not overwhelmingly sweet, but still retains the appley freshness of the season – definitely pressed to perfection!