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Pour One Out with Your Candy Corn

Posted on | October 29, 2015 | Written by Janice Cable | No Comments

782px-Candy-CornHalloween isn’t just about dressing yourself, your kids or your pets as your favorite Star Wars characters. As every kid knows, it’s also about candy. While the pure sugar rush is fine for the under 21 set, we of legal age might like to pair our Skittles, Snickers, Candy Corn, Bottle Caps, Red Hots or Hershey Kisses with an adult beverage. After all, just because Halloween isn’t traditionally a wine holiday doesn’t mean that you can’t bend the rules a bit to help it become one.

But what goes with what? Assaulted with the multicolored wrappers teeming in a plastic pumpkin head, anyone can feel overwhelmed I asked some select members of the IWM staff for their suggestions for the most delicious pairings.

Garrett Kowalsky suggests pairing Snickers with Begali Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2010. He explains, “The Begali Recioto is rich, lush and velvety. A deep dark way to close a meal, this wine should pair well with the candy bar’s chocolate and the salty notes the peanuts give.” One could extrapolate and potentially pair this wine with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups too.

Another IWM expert says, “I’d probably stick to sparklers including Brachetto and Prosecco; Moscato d’Astis; Reciotos; Malvasia style wines; and maybe Sauternes.” No matter what combination works, the experimentation would be fun.

John Camacho Vidal muses the question. “Mmmm,” he says, “Something sparkling or a nice crisp Verdicchio. I’d probably go for Fantinel Brut Rosé or Raventos i Blanc.”

Another expert listed a litany of potential pairings. She said, “Ca dei Mandorli Bracchetto for the Snickers, an unoaked Chardonnay like Antinori’s Cervaro della Sala for Skittles, a nice Gruner Veltliner with candy corn, and Ornellaia’s Le Volte with Bottle Caps because the cola notes in the Cabernet Sauvignon will match up with the cola notes in the candy.”

Trick, treat, sip, treat, sip. There’s more than one way to celebrate Halloween. I’ll take my candy corn with bourbon, neat.

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