Trick or Treat Wine Pairings For Halloween #SundaySupper

This week’s Halloween Trick-or-Treat Party SundaySupper theme created a quandary for me. While I was enthusiastically looking forward to seeing the undoubtedly fun, and creative treats my foodie friends would bring to the #SundaySupper table for the event, Halloween tends to be kid-centric, so I had second thoughts about offering up wine pairings (by the way, I’m referring to young kids – not the adult kids; you know who you are;-)

I settled on a compromise.  I’ll offer wine pairings for the Ghoulish Gruel and Haunted Snacks, and skip the Spooky Sweets this week.

If you do happen to have some leftover candy (and if you will..), consider sending it to troops overseas.  Groups like Operation Shoebox, which supports our troops, will gladly take donations.

Jelly beans in a wine glass
Photo: Matt Katzenberger, Flickr

I continue to be amazed at the creativity and passion that manifests itself each week by the #SundaySupper family.  And this week, add fun to the mix!

My recommended wines for this week’s #SundaySupper Halloween Trick-or-Treat party are italicized below. To find the recommended wines, click on the name of the wine.

Let’s this this Halloween Trick-or-Treat Party started!

Bewitching Brews

Ghoulish Gruel and Haunted Snacks: 

Pair these frighteningly delicious bites with a sparkling wine. Look for La Marca Prosecco, a well-balanced and delicate Prosecco that shows a creamy, fruity, mixed citrus and apple character  Not only will it be a great match for these great eats, it’s the only wine here that’s going to be good for before, during and, perhaps most importantly, after your Halloween activities!

Pair with this tasty egg-based treats with a New World Sauvignon Blanc. Look for the  2011 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. It’s bursting with citrus and tropical fruits, accompanied by herbaceous notes and zesty acidity.

Pair these hearty treat with Grenache, an underrated wine-lovers wine owing to its lush, juicy character.  Look for the 2010 Altovinum Calatayud Evodia Old Vines Garnacha from Spain with a juicy mixed berry and spice character and a great mouthfeel. 

Pair with bloody good treats with Sangiovese (the name derives from the Latin sanguis Jovis, “the blood of Jove – bwahahaha!) One of my favorites is the 2008 Marchesi de’Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva a well-balanced and harmonious wine that has a rich, silky cherry, raspberry, dried plum, spice and cocoa powder character. 

Spooky Sweets:

Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day today. We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 pm (Eastern) for our weekly #SundaySupper live chat where we’ll talk about all things Halloween.  All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us through TweetChat.

We’d also love to feature your favorite Halloween recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers, too.



  1. I think you´re right to preserve from a tipsy trick or treating! The donation idea is cool. Have a great sunday!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks Paula! Your White Chocolate & Dulce de Leche Ghosts look amazing!

  2. What a great suggestion for sending the extra candy to our troops overseas. I am sure it would make their day to have some sweets from back home. Wonderful wine pairings too.

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks so much Renee! Hope you’re making some headway on that list of wines to try!;-)

  3. I love the pairing of Halloween humor with tasting notes! I’ve got to find that old vines Garnacha!
    Cheers & safe sipping this Halloween!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks Eileen! #SS is such a fun and creative bunch. They’re rubbing off on me! That Grenache won a Grenache Smackdown our wine tasting club had last year! Cheers and safe sipping to you as well!

  4. I love how the name for Sangiovese was derived! I learned something new today…and perfect for Halloween…haha!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks Katie…Love your looks amazing!

  5. Tara says:

    Wonderful pairings. I love it!!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks Tara! #SS is a wonderful family to be part of!

    2. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks so much Tara! It was especially fun to do the pairings this week!

  6. It’s never too early to be researching wine after reading your post, right Martin?

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks Jen! The best research for wine is “field” research;-)

  7. Awesome pairing as always Martin! Perfect Sangiovese :)

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks Megan…the Nippozzano is a good one and widely available too!

  8. Great pairings and I always love the idea of sending the candy to troops overseas :)

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks Angie!

  9. Germanpdx says:

    I really like your suggestion and link to where to donate all those leftover candy! The wine pairings are – as always – great. Personally the Proseco is one of my favorites :)

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks Beate! I love all kinds of bubbly! They’re underrated food wines too! The La Marca is my favorite these days!

  10. I really like Spanish wine. I think I will try the Granache. I have never heard of it.

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      The Evodia Old Vines Grenache (Garnacha) is a very good one, and it should be pretty widely available. It won a blind-tasting against 7 or 8 other Grenache that our wine tasting club had last year!

  11. sunithi says:

    Not sure I saw mine paired with a wine but could be coz I did not get back to you about what’s in it. Sorry ! Crazy busy week. Lovely pairings on the rest :) Love the green candy ! Yummmm !

  12. So far all the parings I have tried from your suggestions have been perfect so I am looking forward to trying Grenache next time I make my sloppy joe pies

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Wow! Thanks Laura…that’s the nicest comment I’ve ever received!

  13. I love how there’s always something new to learn here every time I visit!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks Anne! That means a lot to me! I tell you what the feeling is mutual… it’s great being part of the #SS family!

  14. Oh I love love love Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc so how happy am I that it goes with my Goblin Eggs? Hehehe Happy Halloween!!!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks Bobbi! Kim Crawford was my first NZ Sauvignon Blanc, so it has a special place in my heart. Surprised I haven’t recommended it before now!

  15. Good compromise on the wine pairings, and great choices, as always – I really want to try that sangiovese!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks’s a good one, and should be widely available…it’s consistently good, so if you find another vintage go for it!

  16. Hezzi-D says:

    Great recommendations (as always!)

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks Katy!

  17. Love the suggestion on where to donate candy! And love your pairing suggestions – and I totally agree with your compromise on the sweets. Happy Halloween!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks Susan!

  18. Patti says:

    Always look forward to your picks Martin!

  19. Fantastic! I always learn so much when I stop by to check out your pairings. I’d be perfectly happy with a thermos of wine in my hand while I take my kids up and down the chilly streets begging for candy 😉

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks Heather…having a little vino while you escort the kids around the neighorhood sounds good!

  20. Carla says:

    I was wondering how you were going to pair wine with all of our spooky treats! Looks like you did a great job!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks so much Carla!

  21. I am looking forward to trying some of your suggestions! Nice work!!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks so much Stephanie!

  22. I should never come to your site when I’m thirsty, Martin! Great suggestions as always!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks Cindy! I know exactly what you mean…I feel the same way when I look at all the recipes the #SS family posts!

  23. hipfoodiemom says:

    I was wondering what you would recommend this week! :) and nice shout out on the donating leftover candy- awesome.

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks Alice!

  24. Liz says:

    Excellent idea for leftover candies! And, as always, thanks for the wonderful wine pairings :)

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks Liz!

  25. I never know how you do it. But great job with the pairings, yet again!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks so much Erin…it can be a lot of work, but it’s fun for me…

  26. Well, I am continually amazed at your pairings! Love ’em. I feel like we should be paying you a fee…#SundaySupper’s own personal sommelier (is that the right word??).

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks Brandie…yes you got “sommelier” correct…great idea…but alas…I do it for the love of wine and food (well at least that’s what I tell myself;-)

  27. As always you give the best advice. Love the idea of donating the candy to the troops.

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks Kim! Hasta Mañana!

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