Halloween Wine Pairings

Brace yourself parents, it’s coming, in just a few short hours the goblins will be descending on your house and taking all the sanity, I mean candy, that you have! In order to make this evening more bearable and at least a little bit more fun for you, let’s take a look at how best to pair that Halloween candy with wine and what, in my opinion, is the perfect Halloween Wine.

halloween wine pairings
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble

No one wants to toil over a cauldron on Halloween for a magical treat. My suggestion is to hit up the store (I have found these all at Mariano’s) and grab a bottle of Divining Rod, in red.  It’s not just a natural California wine that is family and owned and operated, it’s made by a witch, so you know it’s perfect for Halloween.

marc mondavi, water witch

Were you expecting a hat? A wand?

Marc Mondavi is what is known by many as a Water Witch. He uses a Divining Rod to search for underground water supplies. A mysterious practice the Divining craft goes back to the 14th century and was even credited as helping find the enemies underground tunnels during Vietnam.

The Divining Rod Pinot Noir ($18.99) is by far, the best Pinot Noir I have ever had.  It has a vibrant flavor with black cherry notes. It’s the perfect fall red and it will go perfect with the crisp air and stolen chocolate while you supervise trick-or-treating.

2016-10-22-16-41-18 The Cabernet Sauvignon ($17.99) is aged in oak which gives it a more nutty or full flavor. It’s a blend that includes a Petit Verdot and Malbec to add balance and softness.

If you have been wary of trying red wines because they would be too hard or too heavy, Divining Rod makes a great first pick. You may pay a little more but it’s worth it for the low acidity and drink-ability of the their wines.

The last fall wine from Divining Rod you have to try is the Divine Red ($12.99). This is a deep ruby red blend that will remind you of blackberrys and cooking spices. Perfect to warm you up after traipsing through the neighborhood! The blend contains Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

It’s also a great base for making some mixed wine drinks or sangria! A Cup of Charming shares a recipe for a magical punch, no cauldron required.

So leave for pick up a little early, swing through the store and pick up a bottle, or two. I’ll even help with an infographic on which one you want based on what candy you will be stealing from your kids.

halloween wine pairings


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Disclosure: I was provided bottle of Divining Rod Wines in order to facilitate this story. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please drink responsibly.


About Melissa Haak 626 Articles
Melissa is mom to 4. She used to dream of traveling the world, now she dreams of a clean kitchen. She can be found on most social media sites as @PBinmyHair because with this much hair and four kids, you're bound to find something in it.

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