Candy & Wine – The Perfect Pairing!


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!


Drink Like A Pro



Trying to impress your boss, co-worker, or wine loving freind?  Sometimes, enjoying a glass of wine can be a complicated afair.  For those instances, have a look at this great article and illustrated guide on the finer points of enjoying a glass of wine.

Top Wines to drink with your American Thanksgiving dinner


Pairing wines with foods is largely a question of personal preference. There are very few hard and fast rules except for a few notable “hard and fast rules”…and I will cover those right up front: do not drink excessively dry wine with your turkey dinner because your mouth will be dry enough with the usual turkey accoutrements…keep the hearty cabernet sauvignons, French Syrahs for juicy red meat dinners…avoid, at all costs, the collision Continue reading

Can you say “WINE” without smiling…

Thank you to all those that sent me their heartfelt comments about my last blog (The Centerpiece of Italian Culture…) I’m glad that you enjoyed it but it’s particularly pleasing to me that the piece actually awakened some pleasant family memories for some of you. It did for me too.
Someone asked me, recently, why or how I ended up (sort of) in the wine business after a few-decades -long career in the corporate world…a career in an industry that could not possibly be further away from wine. The answer is: I don’t know. Fate, I guess.
Here’s what I do know: after four years Continue reading

Funny Stories Continued…

Happy New Year!

We are continuing to collect the funniest wine stories out there!

Our winner for this week is a story sent in by none other than the Godfather of Icewine in Canada and co-founder of Inniskillin Wines, Dr Donald Ziraldo.  He wrote:

“I was asked to meet a potential distributor in Chinatown in Toronto near their office. He asked that I bring along a bottle of Icewine. We sat at a booth at a very busy Chinese restaurant. When the waiter came by I asked” could you put this on ice?” and handed him the bottle of Icewine. He nodded agreeably and came back to take our order. Once the food arrived I asked the waiter where the Icewine was and he pointed to the stainless steel pitcher on the table in front of us. I picked up the pitcher and to my surprise/ embarrassment I realized he had done exactly as I had asked. He had put the Icewine on ice. However instead of placing the bottle in the ice …he poured the Icewine into the ice.
Next time I will be more articulate.”

I wonder if this is how icewine slush was invented.  Or is this how they make wine ice cream…?

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