There is just something about Halloween that appeals to the kid in all of us. While adults spend most of their time being responsible, paying bills and keeping up with the Joneses, there is always a little part of everyone that craves the opportunity to break out and be something surprising and unexpected, even for just a day.
Still, even the most enthusiastic Halloween lover doesn’t always want their day to devolve into cheesy neighborhood block parties or to spend their evening handing out miniature candy bars to kids they’ve never met. After all, you’re still an adult, and there are other, more adult ways to celebrate.
Luckily, Traveling Vineyard has plenty of recommendations for a very grownup Halloween, pairing classic and nostalgic candies with some of the best wines available. Not only will these matches make October 31 memorable, but they are great for any other festivity at any other season of the year.
Pairing With Chocolate
When it comes to Halloween candy, there are plenty of choices if you are craving chocolate. Luckily, chocolate is also one of the easiest candies to perfectly pair with quality wines. In general, red wines are exceptional with any kind of chocolate though they especially shine with rich, dark chocolate.
If you adore Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups like most people, grab a bottle of 2015 Marula Pinotage, Western Cape, South Africa for a pairing that can’t be beaten. Other nostalgic favorites like York Peppermint Patties and the similar Junior Mints are stellar with Traveling Vineyard’s 2016 State Room Western Cape, South Africa Cabernet Sauvignon. Both of these choices also work splendidly with candy options like Good & Plenty or anything else with black licorice as the top flavor note. In addition, the 2016 Scusami Nero d’Avola/Merlot, Terre Siciliane IGT, Italy seems to be a good overall fit for a variety of classic chocolates such as Reese’s, M&Ms, Twix and all types of Hershey’s chocolate, so you can’t go wrong with adding this gorgeous red to your party menu.
Pairing With Candy
While even amateur wine aficionados can probably match a good bottle with their favorite chocolate, finding the right match for other types of Halloween candies can be a bit trickier. The key is to discover complimentary flavor pairings that bring out the best in both.
While different flavor nuances work best with different types of candy, you might want to start with something that does well with a variety of fruity flavors such as Traveling Vineyard’s Fissata that is fabulous with traditional choices including Twizzlers and Skittles. If you’re one of the many that thinks there’s nothing better than a pink Starburst, take a look at a Riesling like the 2015 Calamity Sue, Lake County, California. When your sweet tooth leans more toward buttery or caramel flavored treats or candy corn, something like 2008 Zeffer Hills, Chardonnay, California should be just the ticket for a perfect wine pairing. The licorice lovers in the crowd will want to grab a bottle of 2015 Tria Syrah, Lodi, California to make this candy sing while the Tanglerose Sweet American Rosé will blend effortlessly with most fruity favorites in your candy bowl, making it another good all-around favorite.
Creating an Event
One of the most enjoyable ways to test your palette is to have a candy and wine tasting event for your Halloween festivities. For a small gathering, choose two wines that pair with chocolates and two that do well with other types of candies. Depending on your group size and level of experience with wine pairings, you can assign specific bottles for guests to bring or encourage your friends to come up with their own favorites. With a wide variety of Traveling Vineyard wines in the house, you can also mix and match to create new favorites that are yet to be discovered. Most wines are reasonably versatile and will match well with other candies that have similar flavor profiles, so experimenting is part of the fun.
About Traveling Vineyard
Traveling Vineyard is a unique business model in its industry. While most vineyards offer onsite tastings and recommendations to their customers, you generally have to travel directly to the point of origin to enjoy this experience. Using a direct sales model means that every Traveling Vineyard Wine Guide brings the same personalized shopping experience right to your door, and you can try every vintage before you buy with the guidance of a trained wine expert.
For serious wine lovers who enjoy sharing and educating, Traveling Vineyard is also a lucrative business opportunity that fits into any lifestyle or schedule with complete flexibility to make both full- or part-time income. In addition, you are never on your own and have access to a full support team including training and mentorship to help your business thrive. For both customers and guides, Traveling Vineyard keeps things affordable. Customers enjoy quality wines that won’t break the bank while wine guides experience low startup costs that keep their overhead manageable and predictable, making Traveling Vineyard the perfect choice for any wine lover.