Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to Pair Wine with Halloween Candy

Image from Boston Magazine

Wine pairing sounds very sophisticated, but sommeliers and wine experts are not afraid to pair wines with unsophisticated treats like nerds and candy corn. This autumn, as you dig into the spoils of halloween, try paring it with a  wine that will complement the candy flavors.

Boston Magazine recently published this article with pairing suggestions for popular sweets. Here's one of my favorites: Candy Corn paired with Boundary Breaks, Single Clone No. 90 Late Harvest Riesling. According to the experts, pairing a very complex white wine with candy corn brings out the candy's sugars but also helps support the notes of honey and tropical fruit in the wine. 

More of a red wine fan? Try Nestle Crunch paired with 2012 Dashe Late Harvest Zinfandel from the Dry Creek Valley. Sweet fruit flavors in the wine will compliment the milky, crunchy chocolate.

Ready to try some candy pairings on your own? This chart will help you make the right choice:

Infographic from thekitchn.com

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