How to pair your favourite Halloween candy with Wine!
Tis the season of ghouls and goblins, and making sure that you collect the appropriate tax from your little witches and zombies when they make it home with their sacks of sweets.
We suggest being strategic with how you collect your bounty, and pair it with a great bottle of vino when indulging! Not all candy works well with wine, or wine with candy for that matter. So we have compiled some tips to help you along the way.
Some chocolates are naturally sweeter than others. for those you want to make sure your wine also has a bit of sweetness. Our Lava Red is blended with a touch of Icewine before bottling to give it a nice smooth finish. That rounded sweetness works well with milk chocolate, chocolate Smarties, Coffee Crisp, and even Caramilk bars.
Lava Red is already our Best Selling easy-drinking wine - as if we needed another reason to drink it?! On the palate, this wine is balanced with soft tannins and mouth-watering flavours of cherry, chocolate-covered raisins, raspberry, and a touch of smoke and anise on the smooth finish.
Not all chocolate pairs well with red wine. You have to be quite specific. Chocolate that has a bit of nuttiness, like Wonderbar, Oh Henry, or even straight milk chocolate, needs a light fruity wine. Our Gamay noir is light in tannin, bright, and fruit-forward.
It is ruby red in colour with aromas and flavours of cranberry, pomegranate, raspberry, cherry, hints of soft fennel and cinnamon, rounded out with an earthy finish. Think of it as the jelly addition to your peanut butter!
Our Bubbly Gewurztraminer and our Bubbly Rosé both have a little bit of bright acidity and are really fruit-forward. They work perfectly with things like Sour patch kids, rockets, and Starburst flavours that also contain flavours of acidity like lemon and orange.
Our Bubbly Gewurztraminer is a fun and fresh dry frizzanté style wine that showcases uplifting aromas of pear, green apple, lemon, vanilla bean, white flowers, and soft lingering notes of lychee. Mouth-watering flavours of lemon zest, green apples, Anjou pear and cloves lead to a finish that is bright and cleansing.
With our Bubbly Rosé, expect to find mouth-watering aromas and flavours of wild strawberry, raspberry, rhubarb, grapefruit, cranberry, and delicate violets.
A lot of candy is really sweet and sweetness in food needs sweetness in wine. For candy that doesn't have a lot of acidity to it, like Swedish Berries, Swedish Fish, or strawberry and cherry Starburst, pair great with our Riesling Icewine . When you match the two, you'll be rewarded to no end.
Our Riesling Icewine has enticing aromas of beautiful, soft white flowers, peach, honey and lemon. The palate is subtle and echoes the aromas along with tangerine, marmalade and lemon. Well balanced acidity provides a clean, silky, smooth finish.
Our Lava White is a delicious, off dry, fruit-forward wine that pairs well with Halloween candies that are also fruity. Like our Lava Red, this wine was blended with a touch of our Icewine right before bottling to give it a hint of sweetness. Fuzzy Peaches have a tartness that matches the acidity in this wine. Starburst is another favourite, specifically the citrus flavours, and of course, Rockets!
Our Lava White offers enticing aromas and flavours of rose, peach, nectarine, apple with a note of spice. Lightly sweet, the balanced acidity of this wine makes it exceptionally food-friendly.
Diving into a handful of this classic treat? We highly recommend grabbing a bottle of our Chardonnay Icewine to elevate your experience. It has a smoother and creamier texture than other Icewines due to some barrel ageing. This helps it pair perfectly with classic Candy Corn. If you're also a fan of peanut butter, Crispy Crunch, Wonderbar, or Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, this wine will be your new best friend.
The palate of our Chardonnay Icewine is medium-plus body with flavours of dried apricot/peach, marmalade & crème brûlée crust that is supported by a nice and subtle lemon-lime finish.
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