Woman on Wine
with Amy Reiley
I feel as though I’m expected to write a story on pairing candy and wine in order to celebrate the season. All I can say is, “Ick!” (Although I will admit to loving the combination of Ferrari Carano Fumé Blanc and M&M’s.) Instead of pairing Halloween treats with great wines, I’m going to take my inspiration from the concept of the jumble inside that bulging trick or treat bag. My feature this month is a mixed bag of wines I want to drink at Halloween, on a weekday..or weekend, with friends…any time.
As with that bag of candy collected from neighbors, my list contains something tangy, something a little nutty and plenty of bottlings I just can’t wait to open.
Wines I want to drink right now, the recommendations
Who says you can’t drink rosé past Labor Day? When a wine tastes like this, you’ll want to drink it year round. A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignane, it offers a crispness reminiscent of crunching through autumn leaves. Berry flavors dominate on the palate, but the finish leaves a lingering hint of something savory, an almost green olive note that I can’t get enough of.
Riva Moretta is Perlage’s oldest vineyard. And it produces a Prosecco of distinction. A 100% organic wine, this gently effervescent bottle of bubbly offers wildflower aromas. Its flavors hint of tangerine and green apple with a pleasing candied citrus note, making it one of the wines I want to drink any day of the week.
If you’ve never tried a wine made from Schiava, I hope you make this your first. This (relatively) low alcohol red has fruity freshness and round tannins. As far as reds go, I’d call it a “pretty” wine, with floral aromas and bright, citrus acidity. And at around $15/bottle, it’s one of those wines I want to drink over and over again.
If you follow my column, you’ve probably figured out I’m not much of a Cab drinker. But this wine from the Sonoma Valley is the kind of red I like to keep around to serve to my bold red-loving friends. An exceptionally well priced Cab for the quality, it offers complex aromas of blackberry, cassis, caramel and tobacco. On the palate, it’s got good acid, great structure. In other words, it’s a keeper!
You know what I’d rather have than candy? THIS! On the nose, there are beautiful notes of honeysuckle, pineapple and freshly squeezed citrus juices. Its intense, fruit flavors positively explode in the mouth. Its texture is like liquid honey. Seriously, why would anyone every eat Halloween candy after they try this wine?
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