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Halloween wine pairings

By Jessica Yadegaran
Friday, October 16th, 2009 at 5:48 pm in Corkheads.

I got an email today from a public relations firm that will remain nameless. Nameless talked about the goulish flavors of its client’s red wines. The zinfandel was dark. The cabernet sauvignon was smoky. The petite sirah was ghostly. What?

It was all too scary for me.

Halloween wine pairings

But it got me thinking. What will wines types be doing on Halloween? And what is a good Halloween wine? It depends on what you’re doing, of course. If you plan to invade your kid’s pillowcase of all the 60 percent and higher cacao content chocolate when he gets home, may I suggest a nice aged port?

If you’re using the night to stay in and perfect your pumpkin pie recipe for next month’s Thanksgiving meal, you’ll want to bust out the late harvest Riesling to sample your experiment.

And if you’re going to a fabulous pot luck with rich fall foods, like Victoria Bankerd of Pleasant Hill Wine Merchants, take some hearty malbec or tempranillo along. The spice and juicy fruit in these wines will stand up to any roast, chowder or chili.

Here’s to more treats than tricks!

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