We love when people come out with the “pair your wine with Halloween candy” stories.
Because its just so realistic that you’re going to open a Chardonnay when you take that handful of candy corn and then switch to that Syrah when you grab a Hershey bar.
If you can do that – good for you – but the rest of will either be dumping candy into the neighborhood kids’ bags or counting how many times we see a Donald Trump or HRC costume. (Or both.)
So you need to pick a wine you like – because it may be a long night. And then just match the candy to your wine.
So you are you feeling like? Here are some wine-candy pairing generalities. But as you know, you should always pour whatever makes you happy.
But if you’re pouring a…
Sweet white: Like a Riesling or a Moscato. Then go find the Skittles and the Starbursts. Definitely the Sour Patch kids. Maybe the candy corn.
Chardonnay: Run — don’t walk — to the candy corn bowl. The primary flavor in candy corn is vanilla and that big buttery chard makes it sing. We’d even pop champagne with the candy corn if you’re feeling like going for it. And feel free to grab a Butterfinger or a Kit Kat while you’re at it
But since its Fall, the reds often are a more obvious choice.
Pinot Noir: Pour a Pinot Noir and you basically can eat anything your want. Pinot thankfully works well with most of the candy that you’re going to have that night. From Reeses Peanut Butter Cups to that good ol’ Hershey bar, you’ll be happy. Oh and don’t forget the red licorice. Added bonus? Works as a straw. Just saying.
Big Reds: If you want to go bigger, like with a Cabernet, Zinfandel or big Syrah, then anything chocolate is yours for the night. Snickers. Hersheys. M&Ms. Whatever. You’re in a serious sweet spot here.
Port: There are plenty of people out there that will tell you to have Port, a dessert wine that’s fortified with brandy, with dark chocolate. And while it’s a pretty fabulous pairing, it may not be realistic on Halloween night. On a cold winter night, lounging by the fire? Heck ya. But when you’re ducking from that Trump costume? We’re not feeling it.
And a quick note for the folks who need something stiffer.
Whiskey: The caramel cubes.
Vodka: Those pixie sticks or pop rocks (if they’re still legal)
Tracy Byrnes, former FOX Business Network anchor and host of “Wine with Me” for Foxnews.com, is editor-in-chief and chief contributor of The Sip.
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