One of my favorite things about fall is the smell.

I think every season has a smell…

…and fall’s is the best of all.

I love the smell of the air on a cool, crisp fall afternoon.

I love the smell of apples and cinnamon and pumpkin pie and the feel of a fuzzy wool scarf against my nose.

But when you write a blog, smell is a hard thing to get across.

So I put together a fun photo shoot for Yankee Candle that helps to illustrate the smells of their yummy new candle line called Wine Pairings.  It’s a really fun concept.  Each of the candle scents was meant to pair with a specific wine and cheese for the entire entertaining package.



The first new fragrance is called Apple & Candied Walnut.

Have you ever walked in on an apple pie cooking?

That’s what this candle smells like with a hint of sugar and a hint of walnut.

Pair this scent with a Riesling.




The next scent is called Fig & Black Currant.

It is so subtle and yet a perfect blend of different smells.  Sometimes I can smell cedar.  Sometimes I can smell citrus.  It’s the perfect smell for dusk.

Pair it with a Spanish Garnacha.




The next scent is called Olive Oil & Thyme.

It’s the perfect blend of citrus and thyme.  It was an unexpected smell for fall, but it’s so fresh and perfect for sunlight.

Pair it with Sauvignon Blanc.




I saved my favorite for last.

This scent is called Spiced Honey & Oak.

It is such a rich, warm fragrance that mixes woody oak with sweet honey and vanilla.

Pair it with Chianti.



That’s what I’m going to be doing with my new candle scents (especially all that oak and honey).

This is the season.

Who knew fall could smell so good?  🙂

disclaimer:  This post was written in collaboration with Yankee Candle.

Thank you for supporting the brands that help to make this blog possible.


  1. Image for Toni Toni

    I can almost smell all that yummy! Very hard to get smell across, but you did it! The outlet mall was already on my to do list, glad I read this before I left!

  2. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Mmmm, who would of thought you could pair candles with wine? Sign me up! Lol. Now I want to go find those candles and see what they smell like. Fall does have the best scents! Sure beats the scorched smell of late summer. Now if they will just get here! Sigh.

  3. Image for Jeannie Jeannie

    Fall is my favorite season and I'm anxiously awaiting the cooler temperatures that accompany it. I see some new candles in my future to enjoy once autumn officially arrives. Oh - that photo of the honey dripping from the spoon - PERFECT! Now, off to shop for candles.

  4. Image for Ellen Ellen

    One of my most favorite things in the world -CANDLES!! You are so right , Fall has the best smells of all! These candles are a must have, no doubt about it. The only question is: which one first? I'm torn between the Olive Oil & Thyme and Spiced Honey & Oak. Thank-you for this terrific post and all the fabulous photos, the wine choices are welcome additions too! Now I'm just waiting for the mall to open so I can be first in line at Yankee Candle (and I have a coupon)!

  5. Image for madonna madonna

    Your photos sold the scents. . . .way to rock it visually. Fall does seem to have more crisp, natural scents associated with it. Love the honey dripping, the vanilla beans. . .. . you go girl, I know that is "old school" talk. Chippy paint works in your photos as the background for all.

  6. Image for Nancy @ Slightly Coastal Nancy @ Slightly Coastal

    I love candles in the fall! Your pictures look so fresh. I think my favorite would be the fig and black current. I'm totally on a fig obsession right now. Roasted figs....yum. Thanks for the photo inspiration and the incredible smell that was wafting through my computer screen.

  7. Image for Linda Linda

    Love your blog Kari Anne! You have some great ideas, a little early for wine but definitely would love to have a fall candle burning with my morning coffee!

  8. Image for Jolyn Jolyn

    Oh, heavens. I caught myself taking a deep inhale when looking at that first apple and walnut photo. GHEESH, like I could smell it or something! I guess your photographs did their magic...

  9. Image for Susan Susan

    KariAnne, your gorgeous photos really did the trick...I can literally smell each and every candle and they smell like heaven! I am especially all about that apple and candied it wrong that I'm drooling over candles? hehe! I always did have a thing for Yankee Candles...I have tons of them already...but it looks like I'll be adding some more to my stash! These would also make perfect gifts for wine-loving friends who enjoy setting an atmosphere and then sitting down to sip a glass of their favourite vintage! I love how they've put these in a sleeker glass container...they have an air of sophistication about them, which is also perfect for the serious wine-lover! And I have to say, you could have a great career taking photos for ads, KariAnne...these really are spectacular photos!

  10. Image for Botanic Bleu Botanic Bleu

    KariAnne, Rockstar photos, every one! Somehow you captured the scents through this 2-dimension medium. There should be a run on Yankee Candles all across the US. Pinned several including to my Photo Styling board.

  11. Image for Mae Mae

    I absolutely love Yankee Candles, always have wonderful smells. They are the best. Thank you for all the info on the new candles, can't wait to purchase some.

  12. Image for Sheila F Sheila F

    Thank you for sharing Yankees new Wine Pairings line with us. Your descriptions and visual interpretation did the trick! All four of them look and sound lovely!

  13. Image for Jane Jane

    This is incredible, KariAnne! Your photography is beyond beautiful. I'm so ready to get out and get some fall scented candles. To me, this is the best time to burn them. Our homes smell so "home-like" after summer and all the air blowing in an out. Nesting. And having a glass of wine!! Jane

  14. Image for Colleen@LilacDriveDesigns Colleen@LilacDriveDesigns

    I love candles, especially in the fall and winter...and candles go really well with boot season, lol! My favorite right now is one I buy at Anthropology called is divine. I love pumpkin spice scented candles too...but I stay away from other food scented candles because they make me hungry, seriously. Does that happen to anyone else?

  15. Image for Leigh Leigh

    KariAnne, Your pictures are the just the most beautiful ones I have seen. And I have so enjoyed your blog. Keep it coming and congrates on your blogiversary :-)

  16. Image for Kellie Zollars Kellie Zollars

    Amazing photography! No offense to Yankee candle, but I'd really like to see fabric like these pictures without the candles ;)

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