This post is a bit more colorful. I started with the wine, a charming shiraz (wait til you see the bottle), as the inspiration. Fun, flirty, and fruity, Shiraz can be paired with many candies. Though chocolate was tempting, I took a dive and chose the rainbow charm of Skittles. Although a candy like Skittles is a one way ticket to tummy-ache town, I figured the risk was worth the pain.
The Wine: Snake Charmer, Shiraz 2010 (Australian…the entire brand has fun labels!)
The Candy: Skittles
I was not 100% confident in this pairing, but I went with that good ole gut feeling. Something about the texture and flavor of a handful of Skittles matched with a rich Shiraz appealed to me. Plus each Skittle has its own flavor, which I always find very fun when pairing…although it is labor intensive.
The wine is light and tart with an underlying rich flavor. There is a bouquet of strawberry. Let’s break it down by flavor.
Don’t like this combo because the lime flavor thins out the wine a bit
The taste of the cherry is rich and round. I think it goes well with the light and tart flavor of wine.
Mmm..I don’t know why I like the orange-berry flavor of this combo but I do. It tastes a bit cheap and overwhelming but dang, it is tasty.
YUCK not good very bitter
The lemon adds a little flavor, but there’s not much else to note.
Either way, yum! I definitely recommend the wine. I look forward to checking the other types. Go Australia!