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5 Paso Wine and Halloween Candy Pairings so Good it’s Scary

While the kids are tricking and treating, why not treat yourself? We know you have a bag of Halloween candy (or five) hanging around the house this time of year. Who says you can’t dig into your own supply? This Halloween season create an unexpected pairing that will impress your fellow vampires and werewolves alike. Take our advice. Grab these 5 bottles and a bag of goodies and let the fearsom creatures feast! We promise: these combinations are so good, you’ll scream with delight.

Hoyt buy the wineSnickers and Tempranillo

Tempt your darkest desires with Hoyt Family Vineyards 2012 Tempranillo. Fruit forward and well balanced, the velvet feel rolls in your mouth (as the dark caramel chocolate melts on your tongue). Notes of black currant, black berries, blueberry, vanilla and cooking spices round out this sumptuous offering. You may want to continue this pairing all year long, and we don’t blame you one bit.

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Lusso Della Terra Buy the WineNerds and Pinot Grigio

Nerdy or not, here we come! You know you love that big box of Nerds candy, so fruity and tangy on your tastebuds. Shake a few into your palm and pour yourself a glass of Lusso Della Terra Cellars 2015 Pinot Grigio Central Coast. Lush fruity notes of melon and stone fruit will keep your mouth watering.

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JUSTIN Buy the WineReese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Cabernet Sauvignon

If you’re going to drink a Paso Cab, why not drink an iconic one? JUSTIN has been known for decades as a stellar Bordeaux wine producer, and their 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon carries the torch into the future. Pair this fantastically fall wine—with a nose of savory dried autumn leaves and flavors of ripe red and black cherry—with a Halloween candy that can handle the heft. Salty, almost savory peanut butter cups go gangbusters with the cab’s long finish and softly textured tannins.

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Oso Libre buy the wine buttonM&M’s with Port

Port doesn’t have to be stuffy and sophisticated to be taken seriously. It can be playful, too! Oso Libre MV Azucar Port-Style Dessert Wine proves just that. This dark, luxurious offering is awash in flavors of baked plum, black cherry, and brandy. Elements of mocha, cinnamon, and nutmeg give the pairing a decidedly autumnal twist.

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Ecluse Buy the WineAlmond Joy with Chardonnay

After a night of accommodating trick-or-treaters (some brattier than others) you will have earned a tall glass of chilled Écluse Wines Chardonnay. But don’t make the mistake of breaking out cheese and crackers. Go for a coconut-y almond joy, and see how this wine’s complex toastiness crackles to life.

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halloween candy

Other Halloween wine pairings to try:

  • Jolly Rancher and Gewürztraminer
  • Kit-Kat and Malbec Blend
  • Milky Way and Nebbiolo
  • Sour Patch Kids and Riesling
  • Starburst and Moscato d’Asti
  • Skittles and Sauvignon Blanc
  • Snickers and Lambrusco Amabile


This blog was written by Hayley Thomas Cain, food and wine writer for SLO New Times and You can reach her at [email protected] or follow her on instagram @flavorslo.

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