Halloween has come and gone but you still have that leftover bag of mixed Halloween candy in your cupboard. Want a great way to entertain guests without baking a dessert for the occasion? Why not use your leftover Halloween candy and pair it with wine for a truly memorable tasting? During the weeks before Halloween, Riverbench Vineyard and Winery created a candy-centric tasting menu with wine pairings in honor of Halloween. Try theirs or come up with some of your own:
2007 Bedrock Chardonnay + Lemon Starburst
The clean and refreshing tastes of the Bedrock Chardonnay brings out the crispness fruit flavor from the Starburst.
2007 Estate Chardonnay + Candy Corn
Candy corn, another seasonal treat, has a strong buttery vanilla taste and a creamy texture. The Estate Chardonnay pair well with the honey and vanilla flavors while its light oak doesn’t mask the candy corn goodness.
2006 Reserve Chardonnay + Twix or Reese’s
The rich creamy texture of the Reserve Chardonnay stands up nicely to the thick caramel or peanut butter and chocolate combo of Twix or Reese’s.
2006 Estate Pinot Noir + Caramels
If caramels are your Halloween weakness, our pairing choice for the toastiness of caramel and butterscotch is the Estate Pinot Noir. The acidity of white wines should stand up well to the sweetness of caramel.
2006 Reserve Pinot Noir + Assorted Hershey’s Miniatures or Snickers
The old standby of Halloween candy, the bag of Hershey’s miniatures, receives a fun new lease on life when it’s paired with the Reserve Pinot Noir. Because this wine is red, and thus has a slightly fuller body, it’s not overwhelmed by the chocolate, which can be difficult to pair because of its thick, mouth-coating texture. Best of all, it handles Special Dark and Krackel with equal aplomb.