Happy Halloween! It’s a little rainy and dreary here in Upstate New York, so it is the perfect night for you to hunker down inside with a big bag of candy and a few scary movies.
To get you inspired, here are some of my favorite articles I’ve been reading, with my own Finger Lakes twist on them.
Finger Lakes Wine & Horror Movies
13 Classic Horror Movie and Wine Pairings by Wine Folly
I love the idea of picking out a wine to match with a scary movie, and with pairings like Chianti and Silence of the Lambs everybody wins. Want to put a Finger Lakes twist on this with some new films? Try these pairings!
- It Follows with 2013 Red Tail Ridge Teroldego, the lingering vanilla and grippy tannin will follow you around all night… but in a good way
- The Conjuring with 2008 Shaw Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, because it is so good you’ll want to conjure up another bottle (which won’t be easy)
- Sinister with Atwater Sweet Niagara, it is a delicious version of adult grape juice that will remind you of being a kid, but hopefully not a creepy possessed one
Finger Lakes Wine & Candy
How to Pair wine with Sour Patch Kids by Grub Street
I got super excited for multiple reasons when I read this article. First, sour patch kids are my favorite candy option, regardless of season. Second, they said it pairs with Finger Lakes Riesling. As someone who has tried many times to pair wine and sour patch kids, I can honestly say that they definitely do not pair with dry Rieslings, they need to be a little sweet. They suggest:
- Red Newt Cellars “Circle” Semi-Dry Riesling
- Dr. Frank’s Semi-Dry Riesling
- Hermann Wiemer Semi-Dry Riesling.
- I would also add Billsboro Winery Riesling, with a touch a sweetness and citrus notes, it is a perfect match for sour patch
Wine review site Vivino releases a Halloween Candy and Wine pairing chart every year, and talks about why these pairings work. The only problem? No Finger Lakes wine! Here’s some suggestions if you’re looking to drink local and enjoy candy.
- Kit Kat and Ravines Cerise: The guide suggests a rich and deep Pinot Noir, which is a little harder to find in the Finger Lakes, but it says that you want a wine with fruity and earthy qualities. Ravines Cerise is a good choice- the earthy and spicy qualities of the wine will do similar things as a California Pinot Noir.
- Twizzlers and 2016 Kelby James Russel Rosé: If you’re going to drink Rosé, there are lots of options. With the sweetness and fruitiness of the candy, I’d suggest the Kelby James Russel Rosé it has nice herbaceous notes that won’t overpower the candy, and it has the same raspberry and strawberry notes.
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and 2015 Sheldrake Point Gamay: There’s only one Gamay in the Finger Lakes, and it is a great option, particularly the newest vintage which has black currant and cherry that will add a nice counterpoint to the nuttiness.
- Candy Corn and Standing Stone 2016 Chardonnay: Every year, you need to eat candy corn to remind yourself you don’t actually like it, and the pear and buttery notes of the Chardonnay will complement the creaminess and make it a much tastier candy.
Finger Lakes Wine for Halloween
Looking for wines that are a little spooky? How about these options:
- Hazlitt’s Halloween Red Cat and White Cat: Hazlitt has been making Halloween themed bottles for their Red Cat and White Cat wines. These sweet fruity wines will pair perfectly with fruity candy like Skittles, and the bubbly version is a fun option for celebrating a spooky night
- Miles Wine Cellars Ghost: Created after the ghost that supposedly haunts the vineyard, Ghost is a semi-dry white blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Cayuga. Bonus- if you shine a light through the bottle it creates a ghostly image on the wall.
- Heron Hill Eclipse Red: Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc that goes perfectly with a spooky night at home, and the night sky bottle is great for a Halloween party.