You might be surprised, but when it comes to pairing wine with candy, the possibilities are as endless as a haunted maze. With tantalizing tannins, ripping acidity, bright summer fruits or rich winter berrries, there's a candy match for every sip. Our resident sweet tooths have scoured the aisles to bring you the most hair-raisingly perfect pairings with some of our favorite wines. Join us next week at one of our three locations for our Spookily Delicious Wine Tasting - only $12!
- Wed, October 25th @ Fayetteville
- Thurs, October 26th @ West End
- Fri-Sat, October 27-28 @ Krog Street*
Here's a sneak peak at the wine and candy pairings we'll be doing...
Cantine Monfort Cuvées 85 Brut - Paired with caramels
This Italian sparkling is as close to Champagne as you can get, but without the high price! Crafted from 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Nero, it delivers toasty, nutty flavors with fresh baked brioche and candied lemon acidity to keep things fresh and zingy. The creamy mouthfeel is perfectly complimented with a soft caramel or piece of buttery toffee.
$24.99 / 750 mL
Division La Frontière Sauvignon Blanc - Paired with Skittles
Division Winery, nestled in the heart of Willamette, is one of those hidden gems that doesn't clamor for attention – it effortlessly commands it. This Sauvignon Blanc is made in the style of the Loire Valley, much more tropical in flavor and far more mineral driven. You’ll get notes of mango, cantaloupe, and lime zest on the palette, with some fresh cut grass, chalky mineral undertone, and intense floral Jasmine on the nose. This wine is the ideal partner for a playful pairing with the colorful fruity explosion of Skittles.
$24.99 / 750 mL
Union Sacre Pinot Gris - Paired with Sour Patch Kids
The California produced wines of Union Union Sacre are such a cool concept, because they only use single-parcel, Alsatian varietals. Their 100% Pinot Gris spends 20 hours on the skin. With its juicy sweetness and notes of ripe pear, summer peach, and baked honey-spiced apple, this wine is an impeccable match for pucker-inducing Sour Patch Kids.
$21.99 / 750 mL
Broc Cellars Got Grapes - Paired with Kit Kats
The Got Grapes line from Broc Cellars is one of those innovative labels where the wines are always changing, leaving room for experimentation. The 2022 vintage is a blend of 35% Barbera, 32% Syrah, 23% Carignan, and 10% Dolcetto. This grab bag of a juicy, chillable red delivers notes of bramble berries, a hint of spice, and a touch of vanilla from the French oak. What truly sets Got Grapes apart is its lack of pretension, making it an ideal companion for the candy found in everyone's Halloween bucket - the sweet milk chocolate wafers of Kit Kats.
$19.99 / 750mL
Pavette Zinfandel - Paired with dark chocolate
This new release from Pavette is an approachable and seasonally appropriate Zinfandel that offers the perfect finale for your Halloween candy pairing adventure. This 92% Zinfandel blend offers an abundance of intense fruit flavors, while maintaining a tannic structure that can hold its own against the most tannin-rich of candies – Dark Chocolate. Expect blue and black fruits with a whisper of black tea notes, (thanks to a touch of Cabernet) and a refreshingly complementary hint of spiciness (from the small addition of Petite Syrah). This Zinfandel is a wonderful companion for Dark Chocolate, ensuring that each enhances the other, without stealing the show.
$12.99 / 750mL