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You Spin Me Rind Round Baby Rind Roundf

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You Spin Me Rind Round Baby Rind Roundf

Hello! I am about to go on a well-earned vacation but before I do, I thought I would provide you some reading. Today I am following up on a promise I made a long time ago to my friend at Medieval Vegetarian. I am featuring a candy she made and brought to a casual holiday get together that somehow turned into a party. Quite a few months later, the candy is still amazing if not better. So no matter how this pairing goes, check out the recipe here.

In regards to our little wine give away, you all certainly acted quickly! There will be another one once I accrue some more giveaways. If you are interested in joining Club W before then, please leave a comment! Club W wines are often portrayed on this blog, just like they are today!

The Wine: Imperial Red Blend, Thracian Valley

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The Candy: Candied Orange Peels, by Medieval Vegetarian

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The Dream:

This candy has a very strong flavor since it is made directly from an orange peel. I needed a wine that could tango with this candy adequately without overpowering it. I thought a red blend was a safe bet since I was not sure what flavor notes would balance this unique candy best.

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Making Candied Orange Peels from Medieval Vegetarian

The Reality: 

The wine is tangy and sharp with very ripe blackberry and raspberry flavors. The rinds are bitter, sweet, chewy, and taste just as good as when I got them in December.

The rind enhances what I enjoy about the wine. The tangy sweet flavor of the fruit is brought to the front while the ripeness fades. The aftertaste of the rind and wine left a delightful dance of flavor on the tongue.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your July dear readers. I look forward to preparing a new pairing for you in the near future!

Pinot Noir, Shooting Star, Let’s All Go to the Candy bar

Pinot Noir, Shooting Star, Let’s All Go to the Candy bar

Hey friends. How are you? It has been awhile, but I am writing this post because I am putting off going to gym.

Before we get started let me set the mood:

This pairing isn’t even for Pinot Noir, but I couldn’t resist posting this great video from the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. If you haven’t seen this show, you should know it includes a scene that defines my entire life:

Today we have a special Texas themed post. I went to Austin to visit my friend Lauren and we went to a Texas candy shop called Lammes and had some Texas wine.

The cutest candy store ever, no?

The cutest candy store ever, no?

The Candy: Lammes Taffy Kisses (Cinnamon, Peppermint, Molasses, Spearmint, Peanut Butter)

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The Wine: Fall Creek Vineyard 2015, Merlot

Some Cat with your Wine?

Some Cat with your Wine?

The Dream:

I chose the taffy because I knew I wanted a red wine. Taffy and white wine could be a bit too tricky since taffy is so sticky. You may recall I have featured taffy before on this blog: here, here, here, and very recently here. I have learned you often want something to be able to wash that taffy out. I chose Merlot because the Fall Creek brand was recommended and we don’t include enough Merlot on this website.

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The Reality:

The wine is nice and simple with a mild flavor. There is a slight tanginess which is followed by a burst of sweetness on the tongue. Yum.

Let’s break this down by flavor:

  • Cinnamon: The cinnamon goes fairly well with this wine but the spiciness of the cinnamon numbs the tongue a tad. The wine is never thrown. This was the best pair of the selection.
  • Molasses: This pairing is not good at all. I didn’t even write that many notes besides “not great” which usually means it is very bad.
  • Spearmint: These flavors clashed and created an overall odd experience. The wine was thrown by the mint which is pretty typical.
  • Peanut butter: The nuttiness battles with the wine’s sweetness. The taffy is too nutty to be enjoyable with the wine.
  • Peppermint: Oh, this was very bad. It was way more minty than spearmint and the wine hardly came through.

I want to note that I actually didn’t note carefully the taffy flavors Lammes was serving. I bought a mix and just interpreted the flavors while I was eating them. This isn’t science ok? I am not taking that many notes.

Overall, cinnamon was the clear winner here! A fun time for all nonetheless. Thank you to Texas, Lauren, Lammes, and Specs!

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Malbec Mini-Mentos

Happy Snow Day! Well, it is a snow day here anyway. If you are in Boston, every day is a snow day and for that I apologize. I have lived in both Wisconsin and Massachusetts so I know a thing or two about winter but…yikes! You certainly have it bad this year.

Yes, I did not do a post dedicated to Valentine’s Day. Sorry! I hope you could invent your own (if so, please tell me about them!). I hope your Valentine’s/Valentime’s/Galentine’s was delightful.

For Christmas, I received a lot of candy full of pairing potential. I feature one of those candies today!

The Wine: 2013 One from the Quiver from Club W

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The Candy: Mini Mentos Fruit Mix

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The Dream:

While I do have a strong Malbec preference, it is warranted. I think it is a great wine for pairing with candy and I always want to test its limits. I thought the rich and robust Malbec could potentially take on the more astringent flavors of the lemon candy. In addition, I imagined the Malbec would pair nicely with the strawberry mentos.

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The Reality:

The wine is tart, crisp and refreshing. It slides lightly off the tongue.

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Here are the rulings:

Lemon: The flavor is slightly thrown with the lemon. The result is a very fruity and tart mouth sensation. I would not necessarily call it a winning pair, but it is not bad.

Orange: This pair was fabulous–the wine and orange flavor combined to make a blood orange flavor. I loved it

Strawberry: I was disappointed in this pairing. It wasn’t horrible, but it also didn’t go anywhere for me.

I have a region-specific pairing coming up in the next few weeks, so keep checking in!

A Holly, Jolly Pairing

A Holly, Jolly Pairing

Happy Holidays! It has been awhile since I posted….blah blah blah blah. If you are anything like me, you have attended and will attend party after party after party after…party. While these events are technically “fun”, you can add a bit more oomph to the affairs. Just bring your vat of mulled wine and a selection of holiday themed candies for your own special time.

The Wine: Big crock pot of generic red wine heated and spiced with a mulling blend. I don’t have a picture because I accidentally deleted it…so here’s another

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The Candy: Sourpatches, M&Ms, Jelly Beans, Gum Drops (In Festive Dishes)

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The Result:

This pairing was very slapped together so I won’t pretend it was a great plan. I just wanted to have some fun and have a post for the holidays. The mulled wine was naturally very delish so we will move on to the pairing. I didn’t take very many notes on the combinations that didn’t work so I apologize.

Gum Drops: The cinnamon gum drops are delightful with the mulled wine. The spice of the cinnamon combines nicely with the wine. The mint gum drops….not so much.

Sour Patch: Meh, nothing special. I would love to go toe-to-toe with sour patches again sometime.

Chocolate: Not good because the wine is way too strong and the chocolate is too dull.

Jelly Beans: A big no-no, I actually find it revolting. However, a friend brought a wine from Texas that had mesquite flavors. It went so well with the Jelly Beans!

I have now given you the tools to take any party to the next level! That is my gift to you.

Peep This Pair

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Whoa! Things have been very busy chez moi. Most notably being that chez moi is being packed up and moved to a new location in a week! After that, I zip off to California for a wedding, Disneyland, and July 4th festivities. I hope to get a post in sometime in July, but I can’t promise much. Today’s post is a lot of fun and features plenty of photos. Lets start off with one right now:

Do you Peep what I Peep?

Do you Peep what I Peep?

In case you don’t understand this incredible photo, it is my boyfriend and I in front of the PeepMobile (I don’t know if it is actually called that but…c’mon. What other name could there be?) Apparently, there is an entire Peep store in Washington, DC that nobody told me about.  Some may think an entire store devoted to Peeps is absurd, but I would challenge those people to a fight to the death. This store is what America is about.

*Do Not Eat

*Do Not Eat

I think you know where this post is going, so let’s get started.

The Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 Lake County, Butcher Block

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Not Made of Pigs

The Candy: Peeps, Watermelon

No Rabbits Were Harmed in the Making of this Post

No Rabbits Were Harmed in the Making of this Post

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The Dream:

I normally would try these with a Pinot or a Chardonnay, but I wanted to switch it up for variety’s sake. The Cabernet Sauvignon was an attractive option because the balance of fruit and tannins. I did not want anything too sweet  because the sugary candy would immediately throw the flavor of the wine.

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The Reality:

I am underwhelmed by this wine. It’s tart and round but the bouquet is very opaque and I can’t engage to its flavor. This wine would be a good table wine, but it is not great for a pair.

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The Peep is the fake watermelon flavor, which is what I expected. But it is more sweet than tangy. Why did I think it would be tangy? What is with me and associating colors with flavors which are not the flavors advertised? Anyway, it made no difference to the pairing because the wine just a wasn’t strong partner. In my experience, the wine really needs to lead the pairing experience. The pairing was very meh and the wine didn’t taste good, but it never tasted great in the first place.

But it is all ok, because I still went to this fabulous store.

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Alright folks! I may not post for awhile, but I will try to Peep in now and again.

 

Don’t Get Your Hops Up

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Don’t Get Your Hops Up

Hi Friends!

I can hardly believe it but I am running low on my haul from Istanbul. I will have to finally check out that candy shop in Chinatown I have been eyeing! Hopefully I can get some interesting stuff.

Today we return to the familiar war zone-the battle of the gummy pairing. Before we start however I wanted to give a special shout-out to a fan I met during a twitter chat. I won’t mention your name but it was fun chatting with you!

If you are interested in following me on twitter, my handle is @BraveBrasington. I mostly talk about public health stuff.

The Wine: Abadia de la Oliva, Tempranillo 2012

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The Candy: Haribo Frogs & Haribo Rainbow Frogs

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The Dream:

I chose tempranillo because, while it has an undeniable fruitiness, it also has other rich flavors that balance out the sweetness. In past pairings, I found fruity red wines went well with gummies so I wanted to keep to that trend while challenging it slightly.

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The Reality:

The tempranillo is quite lovely actually and smells of licorice and blackberries. The wine goes down smooth with a slight acidity and dryness.

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The small frogs are the superior pairing since they are fruity. The wine is not thrown and the fruity frogs draw out the wine’s sweetness.

The big frogs are a BIG disappointment. Their flavor is not that distinct and the wine’s flavor is altered. It’s not terrible, but not great.

Overall? The fruity gummies go well with the fruity wines. However, I don’t know what to do with the non-fruity gummies.  I think we will try the cola bottles or something sour for the next gummies. I’m always up for a challenge!

 

Hello All!

As you read this, I am in Houston or on my way to Houston. Unless my plane crashed, then I am dead. And that’s kind of dark. On the bright side, my last act will be a blog post I planned ahead of time and that is worth…dying for? I don’t know where I am going with this. Let’s just get started shall we?

The Wine: Apothic, Red Blend 2012

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The Candy: Goetze’s Licorice Cream

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The Dream: 

Apothic is a red blend without any large distinctions to it. I wanted something fairly dependable to go against the licorice and a red wine blend was it. I didn’t know how strong this licorice would be since it has a creamy center. The creamy center added another unknown. I know it sounds like a cop out, and I guess it kind of is, but licorice is a difficult bear. And I want to explore blends a bit more anyway!

IMG_0325The Reality:

The blend is quite ripe with the tartness of raspberries. I even sense a tang of lemon rind. It does not have an overwhelming flavor. I would recommend it as a table wine.

The licorice and cream are actually smooth with the wine. It takes the bite out. Unfortunately, the wine and licorice taste lingers poorly in the mouth. Very, very unpleasant. Overall, though I like the blends, it’s the extra characteristics of different varietals that give a pairings the punch. I may hesitate before pairing with them again.