As you may remember, last year I asked the esteemed San Diego Wine Mafia what their ideal Halloween candy and wine pairing is. This year, I asked a few other well-respected wine experts in social media. They did not disappoint! Since @BrainWines has such an aversion to candy corn, let’s start with that.
Shira at La Jolla Wine Tours suggested this pairing that I could definitely go for (since I love candy corn).
NV Evolution Lucky 9 white blend paired with candy corn. YUM! We often have it paired with Shrimp Parcels (crispy wonton skin wrapper shrimp mousse with sesame seed, and kaffir lime curd) at our Chedi Thai tour stop.
From Oregon, it’s a white blend of 9 grapes: Riesling, pinot gris, muscat… honey color with a nose full of ripe cantalope and finishes with crisp apple. It’s inexpensive, on sale for $11 and up to $16 for regular price.
Year: None (non vintage)
Grapes: Muller-Thurgau, Riesling, Semillon, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Muscat Canelli, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner.”
My personal favorite Halloween candy is a close tie between Mini Snickers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures, because they are all the flavor with less guilt. Via Twitter, I asked @SoCalWineDiva (also of Bernardo Winery) what her Halloween candy and wine pairing is. She suggested Mini Snickers and Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2009.
This is so perfect for Halloween! The literal translation of this wine is the devil’s cellar, so named in 1891 by the founder of Concha y Toro wines, Don Melchor. Starting in this year, he set aside some of his winery’s finest wine. To keep the thieves away he told people that the devil occupied his cellar.
Now, if only my friends believed in such folklore. I’m can’t remember if this includes the Carmenere, but I know you can buy Casillero del Diablo at Trader Joe’s for well less than $10.
Other Candy Bars
Now for this genius, I have to credit the team at Cellar Angels.
Since most candy bars utilize ‘milk chocolate’ which already has a high amount of sugars, pairing any candy bar (Snickers, Reeses Buttercups, Twix, Milkyway) with a semi-sweet white wine Stein Family Wines Gewürztraminer ($12.00) or any Muscat will deliver a powerful punch of sweet and savory. You can also try any Pinot Noir especially Roessler, C.Donatiello or Humanitas ‘Gap Crown’ for an incredibly explosion of flavor on the palate.”
Hard Candy (Like Lollipops)
Once again, Cellar Angels stepped up to the plate.
Just because it’s ‘hard’ candy, doesn’t mean it’s a hard pairing. For those receiving sweet tarts, jawbreakers, Smarties, Lollipops reach for a semi dry Riesling or a Viognier. Both are a fraction the cost of Chardonnay and the wine’s body will definitely hold up to the ‘tart’ of the candy.”
Via Twitter, Sunshine Mountain Vineyards suggested pairing their 2009 Estate Red Blend, which I featured on my NBC San Diego segment about San Diego wines. I should have thought about that when I had the bottle in hand. Rats. M&Ms are so sweet and downright perfect that you don’t want anything too bold and overpowering. A smooth red blend is an awesome suggestion.
Agree? Disagree? Have an even better suggestion? Let’s hear it. And, here’s the link to Pairing Halloween Candy With Wine, Part 1 from last year.