Halloween Treats & Wine Pairing Trickery
Why should kids have all the fun? Make good use of your little ghouls’ leftover loot this Halloween or ravage the candy aisles now and treat yo’ self to the sweetest of wine-pairing trickery.
“We scoured our wine cellar for some of palate pleasers that complement our candies of choice,” notes Rob Johnson, Director of Food & Beverage for The Ridge Hotel’s Crafted Americana, a 2017 Wine Spectator award-winning restaurant. “After all, you’re never too old to dress up and indulge.” (In other words, better get your kids a bigger candy bag.)
You got your Reese’s in my Pinot — When you give out Reese’s, word gets around. Should you have any to spare after the annual costumed raid, try setting up this salty-sweet combo with the creamy flavors of raspberry, rich vanilla and decadent chocolate from the Alias 2016 Pinot Noir.
From candy jar to Bordeaux bowl — Rip open those M&Ms, and after trading for your fave colors, marry them up with the Paul Mas Estate’s Malbec, boasting petrifying and powerful aromas of ripe plum, blackcurrant and mocha plus some spooky, spicy notes.
Hershey’s in the house — Better known for its vital role in the s’more, Hershey’s (aka the Great American Chocolate Bar) makes a classic match with the boo-tiful white flower aromas, toasted almonds and vanilla hints in Frank Family Vineyards’ 2014 Carneros Chardonnay.
Snap. Crunch. Sip. — Break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar and dunk it in Crazy Creek Estate’s 2014 Fidelity Red, a magical mix of merlot, cab and petit verdot.
Satisfaction guaranteed — Snickers surely satisfy when set up alongside Paul Mas Estate’s G.S.M., a mysterious mix of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre that evokes eerie yet intense blackberry notes topped by haunting hints of truffle and mocha.
What’s not to like? – Skittles — those bite-size colors of the rainbow — make a vibrant mate for Selbach’s 2015 Reisling, a bright, juicy and very versatile white.
Confection connection — Say what you will about Whoppers, but know these malted milk balls make a most daring duo with St. Supéry’s 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and its frightfully fruity aromas woven with pepper, anise and roasted mocha.
Juiced to perfection — After weeding out the yellows and oranges, unwrap the primo red and pink Starburst squares and combine them with Albertoni’s 2016 Cali Moscato, which rounds out these juicy fruit chews with its own fizzy tropical flavors.
An intoxicating ending – Forever a top ten on the trick-or-treat charts, the Twix chocolate and caramel covered cookie bars make a glowing and grand finale to dinner when coupled with Terra D’Oro’s Zinfandel Port, beloved for its luscious raisin berry fruit flavors mingled with sugared dates, chocolate, caramel and orange peel.
Please note that all the above-mentioned confections are available in The Ridge Hotel’s gift shop, should you wish to make a sugar stop on your way into Crafted Americana for your pairing adventure.
About The Ridge Hotel
Managed and operated by Paloma Resort Properties, the 146-room Ridge Hotel overlooks acres of wooded shoreline and the award-winning Geneva National Golf Resort & Club. The hotel’s restaurant, cocktail lounge, outdoor poolside terrace, and 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet spaces offer magnificent panoramic views of the property, which is just five minutes from downtown Lake Geneva. Amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, a 12-foot outdoor fire feature, an on-site health club, spa, restaurant, cocktail lounge and coffee and wine bar.