Halloween isn’t just for the kids. Sneak some treats from their candy basket and take this frightful night up a notch with these ideas for matching up Halloween treats with great wines:
Skittles and Sauvignon Blanc
Fruity skittles meet their match in Decoy Sauvignon Blanc. This refreshingly acidic wine offers bright, stone fruit flavors of nectarine and apricot, as well as notes of honeydew, lemongrass and grapefruit to go with the chewy, fruit-flavored candy bites.
Sparkling Wine and Sour Patch Kids
The sour fruitiness of Sour Patch Kids balances nicely with slightly sweet sparkling wines, such as Prosecco. For a truly special night of tricks and treats, go for a bottle of champagne, like Moet & Chandon.
Hot Tamales and Riesling
Spicy meets sweet when you match fiery hot tamales with semi-sweet Starling Castle Riesling, with a touch of citrus and pear, a fruity mid-palate and crisp acidity on an elegant finish.
Snickers and Cabernet Sauvignon
The satisfying combo of peanuts, nougat and caramel surrounded by milk chocolate finds balance with Bogle Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine starts with rich notes of dark cherry and plum, followed by touches of pipe tobacco, new leather and dark chocolate, complementing the nutty, milky flavors of the candy bar.
Candy Corn and Chardonnay
Buttery sweet candy corn becomes even more enticing when you wash it down with Bread and Butter Chardonnay. The first sip of wine offers notes of butterscotch and citrus and then cream, lemon meringue pie and vanilla. Along with the floral, peachy aromas at the finish, the combination might lead you to consume more candy corn that you intended.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Pinot Noir
That distinctive creamy, peanuty, milk-chocolatey combination that makes a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup tempting finds a wine partner in Meiomi Pinot Noir. The wine’s aromas of berry and jammy fruit meld with vanilla, mocha and toasty oak next to the sweet, creamy cups for a memorable pairing.
M&Ms and Merlot
These crunchy, milk-chocolate candies become even more inviting when you partner them with Duckhorn Merlot. Next to the chocolate crunch of the candy, this wine offers aromas of wild blackberry, fig compote, soy and leather, followed by hints of molasses, sweet maple, currant and cocoa powder.
Nestle Crunch and Red Zinfandel
The sweet, jammy blackberry flavors of Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel partner well with crunchy milk chocolate, such as Nestle Crunch.
Starburst and Gewurztraminer
Juicy, fruity Starburst become more enjoyable next to Villa Wolf Gewürztraminer, a wine that is clean, fruity and light, with a juicy texture and a delicate aroma of spice and fresh roses.