The 2022 Halloween Candy and Wine Pairing Guide
Updated: Feb 17
We are going for a bit of fun in this blog. Imagine this, it's the last day of October and you're getting ready to party with your friends after years of spending the holiday at home. The excited cheer of children knocking on neighbors' doors echoes in your bedroom. Spooky decorations light up the streets and you can't wait to indulge in your favorite sweets and forget the troubles of everyday life with a glass or two of your favorite wine. HALLOWEEN NIGHT IS HERE!!
The perfect holiday to channel your inner kid with no shame.
If you are just as excited as us for Halloween 2022, jot these candy and wine pairings down your to-buy list:
Skittles & Alvarinho
Sweet and tangy, this rainbow explosion of fruity flavours goes well with dry white wines that cut through all that sugary goodness. While Sauvignon Blanc is a go-to choice by many, we think an equally dry, light-bodied, and highly acidic wine like Alvarinho will make a much more exciting party in the mouth. You can’t go wrong with the 2021 Quinta da Raza from Vinho Verde, Portugal. This bright and fresh white wine is made of 60% Alvarinho and 40% Trajadura.
Butterfinger & Chardonnay
The peanut brittle-esque, chocolate-covered candy that we all know and love. This crunchy and buttery treat deserves a buttery wine to match. The creamy acidity of the 2017 McHenry Hohnen Burnside Chardonnay is the perfect compliment for a cavity-inducing bar of Butterfinger. Refresh your taste buds with its lemon curd and light brioche dough taste notes. If you are not a fan of Butterfinger, this wine will pair well with candy corn as well.
Hershey’s Kisses & Pinot Noir
Tiny drops of melt-in-your-mouth milk chocolate goodness. Make it better with a glass or two of 2016 Volcanic Hills Pinot Noir. Light, bursting with juicy cherry notes and hints of vanilla and 100% cocoa chocolate. Easy to drink and perfect for casual and light-hearted fun.
Kitkat & Tempranillo
The break that you deserve! Layers of wafer covered in decadent chocolate. This finger-lickin' snack remains a staple comfort food and a Halloween treat. Pairing this with sparkling wines and medium reds like Zinfandel, Merlot, and Tempranillo will take your experience just that one step further. Add a little Spanish flare to your dessert snacking with a 2017 Finca Azaya. This Valduero novelty is made of 100% Tempranillo. Warm, balanced, smooth, and sophisticated with just the right amount of tannins and acidity. There is no denying that it deserves 97 points from Decanter.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Cabernet Sauvignon
Who doesn’t love the combination of rich peanut butter and chocolate? Reese’s is magical with full-bodied reds with red and black fruit notes that compliment the nuttiness of each cup. The 2014 Tyrian Clouds Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, Western Australia hits all the hallmarks of a good Cab that you are looking for. With ripe tannins and notes of chocolate, one pour is just never enough.