Perfect Pair(ings): 7 Wines to Sip with Your Favorite Halloween Treats
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Instead of eating a bucket-full of Halloween candy until you collapse on the couch, why not enjoy this year’s trick-or-treating loot with a complementary glass of wine?
Let’s call it the best of both worlds.
We asked Chicago restaurateur, master sommelier and judge of the Food Network’s Food Truck Face Off Alpana Singh to help us match the perfect glass of vino with our favorite treats. From fruity blends to flavorful ports, these balanced combos will keep you oh so sophisticated this Halloween.
Candy: Kit Kat
Wine: 2013 Elio Perrone Bigaro, Italy ($18)
To enhance the light, crispy wafers of these chocolate-y treats, Singh suggests this sweet blend of Brachetto and Moscato. “Aromas of raspberries and strawberries afford a delicious compliment to the malted crunchy cookie portion of the Kit Kat,” she says.
Candy: Hershey’s Kisses
Wine: Rosenblum Désirée Chocolate Dessert Wine, California ($18)
These bite-sized sweets found a drinking partner in the “seductive and smooth” port-style blend from The Golden State. The wine is a chocolate-infused dessert variety, so it amplifies the milk chocolate in the Kisses, Singh says.
Candy: Candy Corn
Wine: Concha y Toro Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Chile ($14)
Halloween’s iconic little bites are best enjoyed with this white variety. Singh says the “sweet green apple notes with honey apricots and candied orange zest offset the sticky sweetness of candy corn.”
Candy: Snicker’s Bar
Wine: Offley Tawny Port, Portugal ($12)
“Caramel and slightly nutty flavors are an easy match with the peanuts in this perennial classic,” Singh says of the iconic chocolate bar’s pairing with the elegant red Porto.
Candy: Sour Patch Kids
Wine: 2012 Hogue Late Harvest Riesling, Washington State ($9)
How do you make these soft and chewy candies better? By sipping an equally tangy Riesling from the West Coast, with its “sweet and sour notes of green apples, apricots and honey,” Singh says.
Candy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Wine: Sandeman Armada Superior Cream Sherry, Spain ($15)
If you’re looking for something smooth and rich, try this robust wine from Spain’s southwestern region of Jerez with the classic chocolate cup confection. The wine’s “raisin, caramel and almond flavors enhance the creamy peanut butter filling,” she says.
Wine: 2010 Royal Tokaji Mad Cuvée from Hungary ($20)
This dessert wine — with notes of “pineapple, apricots and honey” — pairs nicely with each sweet flavor of the Skittles rainbow.
—Karen J. Quan