When it comes to our biggest guilty pleasures, wine and candy definitely top the list. So in the spirit of the indulgent Halloween season, we thought, "Why not mix our two vices to make some guilty-pleasure mixtures?" If candy is paired with a nice glass of vino, it could be a little classy, right?
To guide us in our pairing adventure, we called on sommelier and YouTube-er Whitney A. Since she is an expert at educating her audience on wine, we thought she could give us a little help in finding the sweetest combos. Check out her expert picks below. And don't worry, Whitney advises, "there's not a dessert wine in sight."
Pétillant Naturel + Fruity Chews
"Pétillant Naturel is fun, fizzy, and can be fruity, or sometimes a little funky depending on the producer or the vintage," says Whitney. "I would stick to the more fruit-driven and pinker side of Pét-Nat for a candy binge session. Think Jolly Ranchers, Skittles, and Sour Patch Kids. A few producers I like include Cruse Wine Co., Les Capriades, Domaine Serol, and Patrick Bottex."
Fruit-Forward Reds + Chocolate
"Juicy, fruity reds can almost never do you wrong when it comes to chocolate. The two together end up tasting like a chocolate covered cherry or chocolate-dipped strawberry." Whitney says, "The key is too not get too earthy or tannic with the wine, but really that wouldn't even be too bad. We're both eating chocolate and drinking wine, after all. I like to stick to California producers that tend to create drinkable, balanced wines without a ton of oak. A few wineries that fit the bill include Bedrock, Broc Cellars, Turley, Folk Machine, and Field Recordings.
Hard Cider + Caramel
"No, this is not wine nor made from grapes, but there are so many amazing hard apple ciders out there right now made with the same terroir-fueled care as wine and it couldn't be more seasonally appropriate," says Whitney. "Grab a caramel apple (or some caramel corn) and go full apple on apple with this pairing. A few cidermakers I love include Shacksbury, Eric Bordelet, Cyril Zangs, 101 Cider House, and Tilted Shed."