I mean realllllly like wine.
And … Halloween is around the corner.
Or … just passed by.
You will, or have done, the dutiful (and fun) act of handing out treats to the goblins, princesses and super heroes of the neighborhood. Or, perhaps, your own child went a-hunting for treats on the eve of ghouls.
Either way ~ you have an abundance of candy leftover, or not handed out yet.
Sitting temptingly in a plastic pumpkin, giant holiday bucket or bag.
Chocolate coated most likely.
Wine snobs aside (as far away as possible, please), you have a craving.
Chocolate and wine.
There’s no spectacular, over-the-top expensive, chocolate in the house and you are craving a glass of vino
with a little bit of chocolate.
You eyeball the plastic pumpkin with a handle sitting by the front door. And your mind begins to whirl…
What if …
What if you take the wine and drink it with the oh-so-everyday Halloween candy? Will the wine
aficionados come out the woodwork ~ like so many G-Men ~ ready to gun you down with snarky
remarks and high-browed insults about points, dissing you about your lack of palate and culture?
But, honestly, who cares about them anyway? Seriously, do they buy your wine (or chocolate)? Do they
sit at your dinner table and compliment your cooking?
No? I didn't think so.
So … their opinion truly does not matter in this case. Or, maybe, in any case ~ but that is a whole other
Okay, anyone who follows me at all is aware of my preference for Reisling, Traminette and ~ well, pretty
much any white other than Chardonnay. However, it is what they sent and they do it better than the majority which explains their taking Best in Show at the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
This balanced wine (and Coppola's signature wine) cozies up perfectly with Halloween treats. My favorite pairing is any caramel goody covered in chocolate. I went with Milkduds and Twix and was quite pleased with the match. My favorite of the three pairing combinations, this wine (in my opinion) would go with almost anything or nothing ~
Images by E. J. Musgrave
Images by E. J. Musgrave
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS). Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.