Halloween, it’s a holiday that you either love or hate. Remember the days when the biggest problem in life was deciding which costume to wear for the big night out? Now you have to deal with costume malfunctions, kiddy meltdowns, barking dogs, and dinging doorbells, not to mention all those grubby paws picking through your candy dish. It’s enough to drive you to drink.
Look on the bright side, all the littles will soon blow through their candy-coated highs and pass out into an exhausted dreamless sleep allowing you to freely plunder through their sugary stash -- or the stash you’ve squirreled away for yourself. Vivino has a kitschy Halloween candy pairing infographic if you’re interested, but we took it as inspiration and chose our top 3 to take some guesswork out of it for you.
Skeleton Key resting against a tombstone from 1902 in the Dieke Family cemetery on Hye Estate
Peanut butter was destined to be paired with chocolate, and for grown-ups, a bold red wine pairs nicely with it too. Not only does this wine deliver, but it’s inspired by our haunted 1900s farmhouse. When Chris and Bill began renovating the house (now our Hye Society lounge) they found a skeleton key that opened every door of the house. That key seemed to say to them that the spirits that called this place home approved of the two visionary winegrowers and the new life they would breathe into the old homestead.
William Chris celebrates destiny with Skeleton Key, an audacious red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, and Syrah. It’s a blend that compliments the candy just as beautifully as it compliments a Texas-raised ribeye steak.
Tasting Notes: The sweetness of the chocolate makes you want to have more than one, the Skeleton Key dries the palate and the dry cherries on the end and the dryness of the wine really complements the sweetness so well it helps you 'have just one' where I'd usually go for another candy. – Bill Blackmon, Winegrower
Lightly macerated and Rhône-based, this 2016 Hill Country Rosé incorporates Mourvèdre and Tannat from our estate vineyards. You’ll taste a bright acidity that compliments the crisp sweet and sour flavors of caramel apples.
The light red fruits and crushed berries of the rosé are softened by its barrel aging. That subtle punch of new oak flavor cuts right through the sugary sweetness of the caramel. You could even try it with Swedish Fish or any fruity gummies if you’re feeling adventurous.
Tasting Notes: “Fruit flavors bring out the fruitiness in the wine. The tartness of green apples and the tartness of the rosé match up well with one another without one being too overpowering over the other.” - Tony Offill, Assistant Winemaker
Well-rounded and rich edges combined with a light, fluffy center sums up our Lost Draw Mourvèdre and invites the 3 Musketeers to be the perfect partner. Because the tannins are well-integrated, fruit and green tones transition to bold notes with a long-lasting and satisfying finish -- the perfect follow up to this famous candy bar.
Mourvèdre is the ideal grape varietal for Texas’s extreme terroir, rich and medium bodied it highlights a nose of candied nuts, raspberries, cloves, and nutmeg. It glides over the palate flowing as easy as silky smooth chocolate.
Tasting Notes: “This pairing would be even better if you had a dark chocolate Musketeers bar to balance the fruit forward nature of the wine. The chocolate, red berry notes of this wine perfectly complement most Mourvèdres.” - Nathan Legacy, Assistant Cellar Master