Sommelier Recommended Halloween Candy & Wine Pairings
It’s that time of the year again where it’s totally acceptable to dress up crazy, get college-kid wasted, and binge on “fun size” candy just because it’s around. Whether you’re stealing your favorite candies from your kid (or nephew) or indulging in the Halloween treats from work, here’s a guide on what wines to pair with your Halloween sweets!
Rice Krispy Treats and Domaine Pichot Vouvray 2015 $18
Chenin…Oh Chenin (Chenin Blanc is the grape in Vouvray) — so beautiful, fresh, bootylicious, and perfumey! Domaine Pichot Vouvray has notes of honey, nectarine, green apple, ginger, and orange blossom with racing acidity and a luscious mouthfeel. This off-dry white wine pairs with the sweet gooey marshmallow flavor of the Rice Krispie without overpowering it.
Milky Way Midnight and J.Lohr Tower Road Petite Sirah 2014 $35
Tower Road Petite Sirah is loaded with flavors of blackberry, black cherry, mocha, caramel, and dark chocolate. This inky, full-bodied wine matches perfectly with the dark chocolate and caramel flavors of the milky way midnight. Both the candy and wine enhance the flavors of each other harmoniously.
Candy Corn and Domaine Weinbach Vin D’Alsace Gewurtzraminer Altenbourg 2013 $40
Candy corn is known for its honey, marshmallow-like flavor. Almost any sweet or off-dry white wine would pair well with candy corn, but since Gewurtz doesn’t get much playing time, let me introduce you…Gewurtztraminer has a honey character along with lychee, pineapple and spice. The candy corn-and-Gewurtztraminer combination instantly adds impressive complexity of flavors to an otherwise one-dimensional candy.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins and Zynthesis Lodi Zinfandel 2013 $15
This is the PB&J effect! The fruit-driven, jammy zinfandel acts as the jelly/jam component in a PB&J. It just works! Salty and rich Reese’s Peanut Butter with a Zynthesis Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel is a no-brainer pairing. You will be wildly surprised; you might even be convinced to pair this wine with your Goober sandwiches.
Caramel Apple lollipops and Jacques Bourguignon Chablis 2013 $12
Easy one, green apple lollipops with caramel and a wine that has apple and lemon as its main fruit flavors – duh! This Chablis is a steal and will keep your mouth watering and thirsty for more. Chablis is a region in the north of Burgundy. For those that can do without the cougar-juice Chardonnay go for a Chablis. You’re mouth will love you and the sommelier at the restaurant will want your lollipops!
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