Harvest celebrations in Europe date back to pre-Christian times and pagan traditions. Long before the first Europeans arrived in North America, farmers across Europe held celebrations at harvest time. To give thanks for their good fortune and the abundant harvest from fields and gardens, the farm workers filled a curved goat’s horn with fruit and grain. This symbol was called a cornucopia or horn of plenty. When they came to North America they brought this tradition with them.
Following the American Civil War, Gustav and Albert Goelitz traveled from Germany to Illinois to join an uncle who had emigrated in 1834. After Gustav’s death, his two eldest sons revived the candy business that he and Albert had founded. The story goes that some time in the 1880s the Goelitz Confectionery Co. invented the popular Halloween treat known as Candy Corn.
Whether you’re planning a party or just getting a small group together, whether you’re an experienced wine connoisseur or someone who just loves trying out new tastes and experimenting in the kitchen, or if you’re stepping your way through the cheese course during a fancy meal out, you can’t go wrong with pairing a good wine with a flavorful cheese and sitting back and relaxing to a great evening of drinking, eating and good conversation.