Halloween How-to: Pairing Biltmore Wine with Candy
Wine & Food 09/19/22
Written By Jean Sexton
Take spooky-season fun to the next level with our special Halloween how-to on pairing Biltmore wine with classic candy at home.
“There’s nothing scary about enjoying Biltmore wines with your favorite sweets,” said Jill Whitfield, Senior Marketing Manager, Biltmore Wines.
“The same principles that apply to successful food-and-wine pairings also work with candy,” Jill said. “For desserts, you’d normally choose a wine that’s sweeter than the dish you’re serving, but this Halloween how-to focuses on pairings that add a little sophistication and a lot of fun to the mix.”
To make it even easier to enjoy Biltmore wines with Halloween treats, consider the following classic wine-and-candy pairings detailed below.
Candy corn complement
For those who love the seasonal stripes and sugary sweetness of old-fashioned candy corn, it’s twice as nice with a glass of Biltmore Estate® Limited Release Dry Riesling.
“Our Dry Riesling opens with scents of bright citrus and hints of spice that that make you think of fall,” Jill said, “while the taste recalls sun-warmed plums, nectarines, and other stone fruits. The wine’s flavor and dryer style provide a pleasant balance for the pure sweetness and soft, waxy texture of candy corn.”
Peanut butter perfection
If your Halloween traditions include snagging all the chocolate-covered peanut butter cups out of the treat bags to savor later, we suggest you consider complementing the dynamic duo with our approachable Biltmore Estate® Chardonnay.
“This is a pairing that surprises people,” Jill admits, “because you don’t normally pair peanut butter with wine. But if you think about it, what’s more perfect with peanut butter than grape jelly, which gives you a point of reference.”
According to Jill, our Chardonnay works well because it’s a delightfully smooth wine with fruit flavors and hints of oak that enhance most food flavors. It’s also crisp and offers good acidity to balance the higher fat content and rich mouthfeel of peanut butter.
“This is another surprising pairing,” said Jill, “mostly because nobody thinks about trying sweet-and-sour Halloween candy with wine–especially an elegant white varietal like Sauvignon Blanc!”
The pairing works on two levels, Jill said, beginning with the bright citrus aromas of Biltmore Estate® Sauvignon Blanc that complement the playful scent of the candy.
“Smell them separately,” said Jill, “and you’ll start to understand how they can work together. The Sauvignon Blanc is crisp, with refreshing flavors of peach and a touch of minerality that keeps the candy from being overly sweet, making them perfect partners for each other.”
Halloween how-to with Biltmore wine
Ready to try our Halloween how-to and savor Biltmore wines at home with your favorite trick-or-treat candy? Find our award-winning wines at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, online, or close to home with our Retail Locator.
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This looks wonderful! Will you be doing tastings in October? We are staying at the Inn on Biltmore Estate October 18-21, 2021
Thank you for your question. While The Inn on Biltmore Estate is not currently planning to host any Biltmore wine and Halloween candy tastings, we hope you’ll be inspired to discover your own favorites while you enjoy your visit to The Inn!
I am somewhat confused. Why advertise Biltmore wine tastings with candy if you are not going to be offering this? Response please.
Thank you for your question. “Halloween How-to: Pairing Biltmore Wine with Candy” is intended as a fun seasonal guide for wine and candy pairings at home. It is not an estate-related activity like our Red Wine & Chocolate Tasting, which is offered daily at the Winery.