A Spooky and Sweet Wine Pairing

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I always get excited at Halloween, not for the costumes or the fall foliage but the idea that my kids will be getting free candy, and  I will be able to sneak some!   There is always so much candy to choose from and what better way to select your children’s candy then to pick the pieces that will pair well with wine!


Let’s start with a the Sweet One!  Something sweet and sugary  such as Skittles, should pair with the Sweet One.   There are lots of citrus flavors in skittles and every once and a while a berry taste and the sweet fruity taste of the Sweet One is a nice addition.  The Sweet One will work with many candies that have a fruity and sweet taste.  The fun part is figuring out which you like the best!








An Autumn staple, candy corn, needs a wine that will cut all the sweetness.  Try our Reserve Chardonnay (2010).  The oak, vanilla and butter notes in the Chardonnay will blend well with all the sugary sweetness of those little orange and yellow candies!








What better to serve with a Semi Dry wine, such as Devil’s Den Red, than M&Ms.  Usually served with a semi sweet chocolate, our Devils Den will fit nicely with the milk chocolate, as well, especially with the wine’s notes of strawberries.


English: A pile of plain M&M's candies.







Our Jennie Wade White is a semi sweet and fruity table wine, that would be great with fruity candies, such as Starburst, Jolly Ranchers and Lollipops.  This is a fun pairing…pick your favorite flavors and see which one matches the best!  You can use the Sweet One with these candies as well!
Do you have a bottle of Abe’s Apple in your fridge?  If you do, grab those caramels out of the Halloween bag!  What could be better than apples and caramel?
Two of my favorite things – Merlot and Mounds.  Our 2010 Merlot has soft tannins and cherry notes, which would make a great accompaniment to the dark chocolate and coconut in Mounds.  Most dark chocolates will work well with this Merlot.
Halloween is not complete without Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in the candy bag.  Peanut butter can sometimes make wine pairings complicated.  My suggestion would be to pair with our 2010 Cabernet Franc.   With a bit of spice and some berry notes, this wine would work well  with those peanut butter and chocolate circles!
Now it is time for the fun.   Go find your favorite candy (and your favorite wine) and pair away…
If you find a great match, let us know!  Happy Halloween!

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