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Spooky Yummy Halloween Candy & Wine Pairings

One for you, two for me. That’s the typical way Halloween candy is distributed throughout neighborhoods. Those who purchase bags of their favorite candy do so with the hope of leftovers that cater to their own sweet tooth. While you hand out candy during trick-or-treating, or if you attend a Halloween costume party or even carve a pumpkin into a jack-o’-lantern while the kids bob for apples, tell scary stories and watch horror films, you’ll most likely want to add wine to the mix. So, while Halloween candy is part of the food group this week, here are some pairings with the following wines:

  • Snickers bars pair best with red wines, such as zinfandel. Grab a bottle or grab your Snickers bars and head to August Briggs Winery, Barlow Vineyards, Beaver Creek Vineyards, Benessere Vineyards, Brian Arden Winery, Canard Vineyard, Castello di Amorosa, Chateau Montelena, Clif Family Winery, Dutch Henry Winery, Grgich Hills Estate, Joseph Cellars, Laura Michael Wines, Maldonado Family Vineyards, Markham Vineyards, Summers Estate, Sutter Home Winery, T-Vine Winery, Tofanelli Wines, V. Sattui Winery, Vermeil Wines or Vincent Arroyo Winery.
  • Skittles works best with moscato or reisling. You can find reisling at Brasswood Estate, Chateau Montelena, LOLA Wines, Homage Wines, Sutter Home Winery and V. Sattui Winery.
  • Everyone loves M&M’s, but with a glass of cabernet sauvignon, you’re in for a treat. There’s a long list of where to get a good bottle of cabernet sauvignon in the Napa Valley. Five stops in Calistoga for this varietal include: Amici Cellars, Clos Pegase, Heibel Ranch Vineyards, Phifer Pavitt Wine and W. H. Smith, all in Calistoga. Try to get the dark chocolate M&M’s, as this works best with a good glass of cabernet sauvignon, as do Junior Mints and Peppermint Patties.
  • Butterfingers are a personal favorite for many, and the best pairing of wine with this treat is chardonnay. Here are five stops in Calistoga where you can grab a glass, bottle or case: Coquerel Family Wines, Romeo Vineyards & Cellars, Davis Estates, Sterling Vineyards and LOLA Wines. Chardonnay also works with Almond Joy bars.

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