Halloween is quite a recent thing in France .I discovered this strange tradition as a teenager on a half-term visit to Somerset, UK. As a girly girl who likes pretty things, I thought it was a bit weird to get dressed up as witches or monsters or anything scary but I do like a party so any excuse was good. It still is these days and I will be having a little Halloween party tomorrow.
I do have some friends who will sit all night with the lights off and no TV on to avoid having to answer the door to treat and treaters. I have kids so that’s not an option for me, I can’t go all Scrooge on the neighbours. The constant doorbell ringing can be a bit of a pain though so my coping strategy is to lift the mood with some wines that perhaps I would not normally open.
For all those people who keep telling me that they don’t like sweet wines, Halloween is a great chance to check whether that really still is the case. Because I always suspect that people’s contempt for sweet wine can in most cases be put down to an early bad experience with some awful cheap stuff that should not be called wine. In the wine world, sweet wine definitely isn’t synonym with cheapness, try Googling the price of a bottle of Château Yquem if you don’t believe me!
Anyway, forget your usual Prosecco or Merlot or Rioja tomorrow and venture on the mysterious side of the sweet(ish) wines. Since are not always the cheapest they can be classed as “treats”.
Here are a few generic ideas if you don’t know where to start ( I do realize that Halloween is tomorrow so you won’t get much shopping time but you can find these types of wine pretty much anywhere).
1) Chenin blanc. Mostly because I am slightly obsessed with it at the moment. My current wine crush is called Harmonie and it is from the Domaine de la Gabillière in the Loire Valley. It is full bodied and it is demi-sec( = medium dry, read slightly sweet). You can also find a lot of good South African Chenin Blanc. I think I will have mine with some baked pumpkin.
2) Muscat: I don’t like sweets very much at all but if I had to have them, that’s what I would wash them down with.
3) Gewürztraminer: it will go well with spiced Pumpkin soup but also with some of the sweets. It can have a Turkish delight type of flavour anyway so you can drink it on its own for Halloween.
4) Port: it looks a bit like blood and it is very sweet.
5) Sherry: to go with candied apples.
See Halloween as a Hello (new) Wine opportunity. If nothing else, you will answer the door bell in a much happier mood!
And if you are stuck in a wine rut and want to do something about it, visit my website . A wine-tasting voucher is a great idea for Christmas!