Happy Hallowine!

I’m back in Halifax. Arrived home yesterday. It was great to sleep in my own bed. It’s wonderful to go home for a visit with family, it’s also great to come back to my own place.

We are almost at the end of October, which means Halloween. Halloween is the toughest occasion for me to pair wine with. A friend of mine, Lorraine, asked me about this, and if I had ever done a blog on pairing wine with Halloween candy. Well, today is the first time.

M & M’s & Pinot Noir:

So M & M’s are one of my favorite candies, and Pinot Noir goes with everything. In my opinion, it’s one of the best food pairing wines out there. Honestly, I prefer it with chicken or some other savory dish, but it would work with M & M’s too. Here’s one of my favorite Pinot Noir wines.

The Bread & Butter Pinot Noir is scary good. Easy to drink, smooth and very reasonably priced at $22 a bottle. The slogan of this company is a good one, “We believe good things shouldn’t be complicated”. And that’s the perfect slogan for this Pinot Noir.

Snickers & Sauternes.

I can honestly say I don’t know if I would share this wine with a Snickers bar. Sauternes makes some of the most delicious and expensive dessert wines in the world. And as a Sommelier, we learned the wine in the glass should be sweeter than the dessert on the plate. I love dessert wines as dessert, after a big meal, it eases the sweet tooth but is not overly filling. These wines are delicious dessert wines, served very chilled, and those flavors of honey and apricot make for one of my favorite desserts. This bottle retails for around $100, so it’s definitely a treat wine. I’d have it after a big steak meal, not with a Snickers bar, but that’s just me.

Dark Chocolate & Zinfandel

Regular readers of this blog know I just love a good Zinfandel.

Here’s one you can get in just about every province, and is kind of a benchmark for Zinfandel. 7 Deadly Zins, named after Zinfandel grapes being harvest from 7 different locations in California, is a seductive and rich wine. Zinfully delicious, it retails for about $25 a bottle and is also my favorite wine to have with ribs.

Starburst & Off Dry Riesling

Personally, I’m not a fan of overly sweet candy like Starburst, but I do love a good off dry Riesling. The very first time I tried Riesling, it was many many (many) years ago, and it was one of the sweeter ones. I decided I didn’t like Riesling. Then in our studies to become a Sommelier, I was introduced to off dry and dry Rieslings. Love them!

This was taken a few years back, before I went all grey, but my friend and I were enjoying a birthday lunch in Halifax and we were having Riesling. Here’s one of my favorites.

The Kung Fu Girl Riesling is off dry and aromatic. It’s a great wine to go with some spicy cuisines. And very reasonably priced, right now in Newfoundland I noticed it was on sale for under $17.. There are also some great Riesling wine made here in Nova Scotia, and you can get the Gaspereau Riesling outside of Nova Scotia, including Newfoundland.

That’s it for the wines this week. One of the highlights of my trip to Newfoundland was meeting one of my Twitter friends.

Jackie Coates is a Twitter friend, who is as sweet in person as she is on Twitter. She works at the Deer Lake Airport, and when Maggie and I went to pick up Jackie & Craig when they were coming back from Hawaii, I saw her walking down, and had to approach her. Although my profile picture shows me before I went au naturel with the grey hair, I introduced myself and we had a great chat. Such a beautiful person on the inside and outside, and it was one of the best highlights of my trip.

That’s it for me this week. Stay safe this Halloween.

Till next week, Cheers



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