Italian Wine & Halloween Candy Pairing!

PovegliaHalloween and candy isn’t just for kids.  Why not spice up your candy with some Italian vino?  Below are some pairings that are sure to satisfy (and hopefully not spook) your candy and wine cravings!

 

skittles moscato

Skittles: Moscato d’Asti (e.g. Vietti, Piemonte).  Semi-bubbly and medium-sweet, the grapey, floral, and richness of this Piedmont wine will bring out the best in your fun-sized bag of Skittles.

 

 

butterfingerButterfinger: an Umbrian barrel-aged white (e.g.“Orzalume” Grechetto Sauvignon Umbria IGT – Castello di Corbara).  This fragrant, oaky and buttery blend from Umbria has the right stuff (=acidity, body, creamy characteristics) to go along with a classic Butterfinger.

snickers

Snickers:  Sweet Marsala (e.g. NV Vergine 20 Anni Riserva Grillo – Cantine Rallo, Sicily).  A fortified wine, this Marsala is rich with caramel, marmalade, dried fruit, and maple syrup flavours.  Snickers has met its (Sicilian) match!

 

sweet tartsSweet Tarts/ Nerds: Prosecco (e.g. Ceradello, Veneto). This organic Prosecco from the Veneto provides a light, fruity, slightly sweet and refreshing partner to the likes of Nerds and Sweet Tarts.

 

 

raisinsRaisins: Passito, (e.g. Antonelli Passito Sagrantino di Montefalco, Umbria).  Sweet, complex, full of prunes, dried dark fruit, and sugar-glazed raisins – this very serious dessert wine would be a great way to make the best out of the dreaded box of raisin “treat” in your candy bag.

 

kitkat_mmsKit Kat/ M&M’s: Rosso di Montepulciano (e.g. Gracciano della Seta, Tuscany).  Sangiovese-based Rosso di Montepulciano boasts rustic berry, orange peel, high acidity and firm tannin.  Should be bold enough to dance with those chocolate notes and refreshing enough to cleanse away those candy-shell and wafer remnants. 

 

jollyranchersJolly Ranchers:  Lambrusco – Grasparossa (e.g. Le Tenute Bocciolo – Medici Ermete, Emilia-Romagna).  Wash down a Jolly Rancher with this Lambrusco- fizzy, slightly sweet, and featuring berry and cherry soda flavours.

 

 

twixTwix: Recioto della Valpolicella Classico (e.g. Stefano Accordini “Acinatico”, Veneto).  Rich, on the sweet side, and filled with notes of dark chocolate, prunes, and baking spices – Twix will do quite well with this bold wine from the Veneto.

 

almondjoyAlmond Joy: Gewurztraminer (e.g. Elena Walch Gewurztraminer, Alto Adige). Bring out the tropical aspects of this candy with this rich, full-bodied white driven by exotic spices and fruit flavours. 

 

Aubrie Talarico

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