Welcome to the first ever Better Booze Hound Panel. This little group of family and friends gathered in my home to taste some remarkable pairings.
Before and after Halloween I usually have some candy kicking around. It is either ubiquitous like those little packets of M&Ms or a candy that no one wants to eat like Candy Corn.
Here’s the deets:
This wasn’t too bad.
Wine before Caramel: uncomplicated (cheap) sparkling wine, lemony, fresh
Wine after Caramel: tasted soapy, lost its fruit
This was bad. I had such hopes (disappointed).
Wine before Sour Candy: pronounced slate minerality, petrol, slight apple, melon
Wine after Sour Candy: salinity, fruit is gone
Note: better experience if you just lick the sour powder off and better yet if you throw out the candy and bite a lemon before the wine. Then the fruit comes back and the salinity decreases.
This wasn’t horrible. It was a very oaky Chardonnay.
Wine before Candy Corn: oak, petrol, honeydew melon
Wine after Candy Corn: makes a sting in the back of the throat, reduces fruit, reduces tartness
Note: Candy Corn improved. It was more like buttercream that its original earplug flavour.
The Absolute Worst.
Wine before Twizzlers: oak, light black pepper, strawberry
Wine after Twizzlers: every bad childhood cold medicine
Horrible, Rancid. Don’t do this.
Pretty good. Unexpected. Alone, both of these are very sweet. Together they mellow each other.
Wine before Rockets: jolly rancher watermelon or strawberry
Wine after Rockets: still Jolly Rancher but not as sharp.
Note: Rockets tasted more fruity and less sweet with the wine, also they bubble a bit in your mouth. Kinda fun. Here is the Wikipedia page on Rockets. You can read those ingredients and tell me if there is a base that is acting with the acid in the wine. ( dextrose, citric acid, calcium stearate, natural and artificial flavors, and colors)
The hoped for combo. This pairing worked.
Wine before M&Ms: chocolate and black cherry. (this wine exceeded out $15/bottle ceiling)
Wine after M&Ms: a little decrease in fruit. Chocolate notes are pronounced.
Note: made the M&Ms taste like they were made of milk chocolate
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