Wine pro and founder of Swirl Events, Anu Karwa, is a sommelier with the secret to pairing our two favorite things: wine and candy. And while it is easy to think that any combination of sugar and alcohol won't be anything less than divine, choosing flavors that compliment each other can make your gorging experience even more heavenly.
If Smarties and other sweet and fruity candies are your thing, try the Seven Sisters, Bukettraube, Odelia, 2008 from South Africa ($13). "The rarely seen Bukettraube grape produces a semi-sweet wine from a storied vineyard with the nuttiness and complexity of a much more expensive wine with white flower petals and clover honey with a good amount of acidity at its backbone to balance the sweet flavors," says Karwa. We say, share the Smarties, hoard the wine.
Looking for the perfect pair to your Candy Apple? Try the St. Supery, Moscato ($20). "Intense tropical fruit flavors of lychee, ripe white peach, and the juice of sweet green grapes hits your palate and lingers with a slightly sweet finish – a perfect complement to fall's poached apple and pear desserts," says Karwa. We say pairing with fruit lets you call this your "healthy" wine time.
If you want to go high class with white chocolate and almonds (although Snickers bars could also apply) try a bottle of King Estate, Signature Vin Glace ($18). Karwa calls it "A superb ice wine from 100% organic Pinot Gris grapes shows that sweets don't have to come in colorful wrappers this holiday. Made from a process wherein ripe, frozen grapes provide concentrated sweet juice." We say, once you try ice wine you won't need to sneak into the trick or treat bowl to quench your sweet tooth.