Halloween Candy with Wine

The Story:

For a girl who dresses up in costumes all year long, Halloween is a day that justifies my obsession.  To be honest, I never really liked Halloween.  It wasn't the dressing up part, it was the people chasing you with chainsaws and scaring the hell out of you element that made me dislike the holiday.

This year, my fiance and I came up with two ideas for costumes.  In the end, timing wasn't on our side so we went with the easier of the two and plotted our grand entrance for a friend's Halloween party nearby.  As we rang the doorbell our anxiousness grew, I had a blonde wig on and a wine bottle in my hand that said "Tiger Blood," while my fiance had white makeup on his nose that looked like powder and Ray Ban sunglasses on.  I was also wearing a pink T-shirt with giant fake boobs that read "Winning" with Charlie Sheen's face printed on the front and the word "Goddess" plastered across the back.  We had dressed up as Charlie Sheen and Brie Olson in an attempt to highlight a crazy year of his life.

We knew there would be couples that were dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf or Tarzan and Jane, but we wanted to shock people and more importantly, make them laugh.  As my friend opened the door, her eyes widened and a big grin ensued.  "That's awesome," she spouted as we entered the house and she immediately called everyone over to see what all the fuss was about.  Brandon and I looked at each other, knowing we had pulled it off!  Another great Halloween outfit in the bag with several more days of shocking people to look forward to.

The Pairing:

As an ode to my hometown, I decided to pair JAQK Cellars "22 Black" Cabernet Sauvignon and "Bone Dance" Merlot with an assortment of Halloween candies.  Not because the wine is produced in Vegas, but because it has a Vegas feel with poker, craps, roulette and black jack casino games that grace the labels.  Plus, their catch phrase "play a little," is a great way to look at life and wine for that matter.  Wine is about enjoyment and if a brand can capture that, I'm all for it.  I recently sampled Twix, Hersey Kisses, 100 Grand and Kit Kats with both bottles.

After a bite of the candy and then a sip of the wine, I immediately notice how well the Cab goes with the Twix, 100 Grand and Kit Kat.  The wine has a fuller body and the black fruit, coffee and toasted almond aromas work nicely against the caramel found in the first two chocolates, as well as the sweetness of all three.  The bitter finish of the Merlot worked especially well with the bitterness of the Hersey Kiss and the cocoa powder aromas found in the wine tie both items together especially well.  If you plan on celebrating Halloween in Vegas this year, it's a must that you have JAQK Cellars in your cup and these chocolates nearby!  Cheers!


Please let me know your comments in the section below!  What are you dressing up as this Halloween?  What wine do you pour to celebrate this awesome holiday?  Let's chat!