Can you pair Halloween goodies with your favorite wine?
At first glance, most people’s faces cringe…the idea of sipping an acidic beverage after ingesting that sugary treat is not the most appealing. But with every challenge there are experts and voila!
Pairing Candy & Wine
Experts say if you want to indulge in the Halloween candy – there is actually a perfect pairing with your favorite wine!
1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Sherry. The raisin, caramel, and almond flavors of the Sherry help enhance the creamy peanut butter filling.
2. M&M’s and Port wine. The dark, sweet, black fig and dried fruit notes of Port counter-balances the milk chocolate in M&M’s.
3. Hershey Kisses and Zinfandel. It contrasts the creamy milk chocolate with ripe berry flavors, and will supposedly turn every bite into a quote, “raspberry cordial on the palate.”
4. Twix and the Portuguese wine Madeira. Coconut and caramel both complement the brown sugar nuttiness of Madeira.
5. Sour Patch Kids or Sweet Tarts and Riesling. The sweetness of the Riesling counters the candy’s tartness, and finishes with a cleansing kick of acidity.
Enjoy your treats and remember…if you “trick or treat” and sip…don’t drive!
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When one only considers strictly the symbiosis of wine and chocolate, it is easy to conclude that there is little to suggest that they actually complement one another…other than to say that both have a somewhat “guilty pleasure” trait…and both are very desirably complex items over which wars have been fought!
The increasing lovers of wine and chocolate will tell you that this is a better match than wine and cheese. After all, cheese is made (mostly) with milk, and milk is the opposite of wine.
Try this: take a sip of wine (don’t let me twist your arm, now). Now, eat a piece of your favorite dark chocolate. Now Continue reading
We know that wine can definitely make you merrier, but can drinking actually make you smarter? I remember that when my neighbor recounted the unfortunate incident of him being stopped and convicted of DUI, his reaction was: Boy, that made me smarten up!
I was compelled to conduct my own research and started by posing the question to loyal Wine Awakenings customers and followers of this blog. I was astounded by the results and I will be sharing some of those stories in the new year.
I’m glad to report, however that the answer is an emphatic YES! (Even though further experimentation is warranted…and encouraged… by all…) Continue reading
Have a look at this great visualization that matches certain wines with their most prevalent tastes and smells!
One of the most interesting questions we are often asked at shows, such as the Toronto Gourmet Food and Wine Expo of last week, is “how does one correctly taste wine to get the full experience of the taste and the aroma of wine…?” Imagine the look on the lady’s face when I blurted out my answer during one of the seminars: “Just pucker up, Ma’am!”
That’s right. You don’t gulp wine, or merely drink wine…but you sip wine with a subtle slurp if you really know what you’re doing it. An equal amount of oxygen must cross your lips at the same time as the wine so as to continue to liberate the aromas and the wonderful flavors you started to release when you gently swirled your glass before bringing it to your mouth.
Just like kissing it. Now, you can tell how good this wine really is. …and that’s why I always kiss and tell. And you should too.