Halloween is one of my favourite holidays. I could argue it is the perfect holiday for cultivating your creativity. Or if you’re like me, try out crazy spooky makeup and going dancing. Between the costumes and the parties, there’s tons of ways to flex those creative muscles! The way I plan on going about this Halloween is through a bit of party planning. And the way we plan parties at Crimes Against Wine is definitely centered around the wine.
Here’s my top 5 wines to pair with a few spooky recipes I think I’ll try this year.
1. Flat Rock Cellars Pinot Noir and hotdog mummies
This looked easy enough to make. Just wrap some hot dogs up and there you go! Luckily for me, a savoury treat like a hot dog with mustard goes great with a nice pinot noir; and Flat Rock’s is one of my favourite.
This wine is so easy to drink. It has notes of raspberry and spice and is considered medium-bodied and fruity. The best part about this wine is that you can just keep on drinking it, even without food, it goes down so easy. I plan on up-ing the spooky factor and serving the wine in style.
Flat Rock Cellars is a winery on the Jordan Bench, a part of the Niagara Escarpment near Lake Ontario.
2. Hernder Sauvignon Blanc and green pasta
Nothing like green food colouring to ring in the Halloween spirit! I figure we can’t only steal Halloween candy from children and should feature a couple of mains before diving into dessert. So here’s a nice and easy pasta to curb those sweet cravings… for now.
There’s nothing quite like a good white wine to pair with a pasta dish. So get your hands on Hernder Estates 2017 sauvignon blanc. Unfortunately this wine is only available at the winery at this time.
Alternatively you could go for the 2013 Creekside sauvignon blanc. The palate has rich, lush fruit flavours balanced by the grapes natural citrus acidity and framed with creamy oak notes as stated on their website. With a 90/100 rating on winealign, you know this is a good choice.
3. Wayne Gretzky Merlot and Creamsicle – flavoured orange cupcakes
First off, if you haven’t been to the Gretzky winery, you definitely should. It’s quite the complex, complete with an ice rink you can skate on in the winter. The 2017 Merlot is a very easy drinking wine. It is medium-bodied and fruit forward with notes of baking spice and plum; which will go great with some citrus cupcakes.
These look so absolutely adorable, but I just know my attempt at these will land me on the show Nailed it!
4. Henry of Pelham Unoaked Chardonnay and Witch Finger Pretzels
Look at those! Look how amazing those are! Not only aesthetically pleasing, but they’re both sweet and salty. I know exactly which award-winning wine to pair with this.
The 2017 Unoaked Chardonnay from Henry of Pelham scored an 88 from winealign. It is a light and crisp wine, with citrus aromas and hints of peaches and apples. And with a price point of around $15CAD, you can’t go wrong.
5. G.Marquis the Red Line Merlot 2016 and HALLOWEEN CANDY
Now this is the easiest one. Head straight to your local grocery store and grab as many boxes of chocolate as you can for this pairing.
Milk chocolate pairs nice with Pinot noirs and merlots, so although there’s a ton of different kinds of chocolate bars in these mixes, I’m sure most of them will go with the Red Line. This ’16 wine was awarded 88 points and with notes of cherry and oak, it will turn any typical chocolate bar into a wonderful red velvet surprise in your mouth (:
Well that will do it for 5 quick and easy ways to spice up your Halloween. I’m sure I’ll follow this post up with another one as more fun ideas pop up. I am also holding out for someone to come up with some wine-themed halloween costumes. So if anyone comes across that, please let me know!