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Pairs Well With: Halloween Candy 

As Halloween approaches, there’s an excitement in the air, not only for kid’s costumes and spooky decorations but also for the love of Halloween candy that sits on our doorsteps when eager kids come to trick or treat. We’ve all snacked on the Halloween candy intended for kids, but indulging in your favorite candies is undoubtedly more enjoyable with wine pairings. We’ve created a pairing guide for classic Halloween candy that will delight and include adults in this kid-centered holiday. It combines the sweet nostalgia of childhood treats with the sophisticated flavors of wine. If you’re staying at home this Halloween to pass out candy, we suggest handing out mini glasses of wine for the adults. You’ll be the parents’ favorite house on the block! 

1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Tawny Port

Let’s start this guide with a Halloween classic – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! The rich, nutty, and slightly salty peanut butter filling harmonizes wonderfully with a glass of Tawny Port from Portugal’s Douro Valley. The Douro Valley’s unique terroir contributes to the complexity of the wine, adding those delightful sweet and nutty characteristics. Tawny Ports are aged wines that can spend many years in the barrel. The wine’s nutty and caramel notes complement the peanut butter, creating a combination that’s reminiscent of a gourmet peanut butter dessert. 

2. Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars and Napa Valley Merlot

The smooth, creamy milk chocolate of Hershey’s bars is an iconic Halloween favorite. Pair these delectable treats with a glass of  Merlot, particularly one from California’s Napa Valley. This wine is known for its plummy, cherry flavors, velvety texture and hints of tobacco when blended with Cabernet Sauvignon. Napa Valley’s warm climate and well-drained soils contribute to the ripe fruit flavors found in its Merlots giving it a deep complexity. The Merlot’s fruit-forward profile enhances the chocolate’s sweetness and also pairs well with an earthy cigar. 

3. Skittles and German Mosel Riesling

Skittles, with their fruity and zesty flavors, deserve a lively partner like a German Riesling from the Mosel region. The cool climate of the Mosel is ideal for Riesling grapes because it preserves their natural acidity while allowing them to develop ripe fruit flavors. This wine offers a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity, accentuating the fruitiness of the skittles. The pairing creates a delightful burst of flavor as if it is dancing on your taste buds. 

4. Sour Patch Kids and Italian Moscato d’Asti

For those who enjoy a sour punch these candies are a must. Pair sour patch kids with a chilled glass of Moscato d’Asti. It’s a sweet and effervescent wine from Italy’s Piedmont region. The Moscato d’Asti grapes thrive in this region’s vineyards, benefiting from the area’s unique microclimate. The wine’s gentle bubbles and floral notes provide a refreshing contrast to the sourness while highlighting the candy’s artificial fruity undertones. 

5. Candy Corn and Italian Prosecco

Candy corn, with its tri-colored layers, has a distinct sugary sweetness that is often overpowering. To balance the sweetness, we recommend a glass of crisp and lively Prosecco from the Veneto region of Italy. It complements the candy’s sweetness with its green apple notes while still allowing the candy to shine. Prosecco’s simplicity balances the sweetness nicely and together, they create a playfulness that is equivalent to the childhood excitement we all crave. 

6. Butterfingers and California Paso Robles Zinfandel

Butterfingers, with their crunchy peanut butter filling coated in chocolate, need a wine with depth and complexity. Enjoy them with a glass of California Zinfandel, particularly from the Paso Robles region. Paso Robles’ warm days and cool nights provide ideal conditions for Zinfandel grapes to ripen slowly, developing their intense flavors of boysenberries, blueberries, and dark chocolate. Zinfandel is also known for hints of rich baking spices, giving the wine a robust character that complements the candy’s texture and enhances its chocolate and nutty notes. 

7. Kit Kats and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Kit Kats have layers of crisp wafers and milk chocolate and are a textural delight. Pair them with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, preferably from Napa Valley, California. Cabernet Sauvignon is known for its dark fruit flavors and structured tannins. The wine’s intensity complements the candy’s chocolatey layers, creating a satisfying contrast. 

While the kids are sorting their candy haul this year, make sure to have fun on your own with other parents or friends. Having some wine with your candy gives the night a unique twist and you’ll find yourself enjoying both the sweet nostalgia of Halloween candy and the nuanced flavors of wine. This Halloween, we hope you have a spooky evening filled with candy, wine, and maybe even a cigar! 

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