To see more posts like this go to

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. ( dextrosecitric acidcalcium 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

To see more about unique and innovative wine pairings go to


Published by photographykelowna

Graduate of New York Institute of Photography, I have worked as a photojournalist, wedding photographer, portrait photographer and photography teacher. I live in the mountains in BC, Canada.

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: