PART II :: Think Outside The (Chocolate) Box with These Wild Valentine’s Day Candy Pairings

PART II :: Think Outside The (Chocolate) Box with These Wild Valentine’s Day Candy Pairings

Story :: Veronica Meewes

It doesn’t get more cliché than surprising your sweetheart with wine and chocolate for Valentine’s Day, and the last thing you want to do is seem basic on the biggest Hallmark holiday of the year! This year, ditch that tired box of chocolates and surprise your date with something sweet and unexpected. Curate the tried-and-tested combinations below or play around with your own favorite candies and wines to create a truly customized pairing.­

Stemmari Rosé + Twizzlers

To be honest, this Sicilian rosé pairs well with almost anything— meat, fish, cheese, pasta— making it a perfect dining table staple year-round. Crafted from the versatile Nero d’Avola grape in the sunny, sandy Agrigento region, Stemmari's rosato explodes with fresh wild strawberries while remaining dry and bright with refreshing acidity. The addition of chewy Twizzlers ups the fruit ante, bringing out bursts of pomegranate, and rounding out with a hint of vanilla. And, just like that, summer doesn’t seem so far away after all.

Viña San Pedro 1865 Pinot Noir + chocolate covered raspberry gummy bears

You might not expect to find exquisite Pinot Noir south of the border, but Viña San Pedro — one of Chile’s oldest wineries —is crafting juice that stands up to the best in Oregon and France, and for an impressively low price point. This light red packs layers of black cherry, held together by a subtly earthy backbone and hints of tobacco. Even more smooth berry notes emerge when you add chocolate covered gummy bears to the equation (found in the bulk bins at most specialty candy stores).

Loosen Bros. “Dr. L” Riesling Sekt + Sour Patch Kids

Ditch your standard brut this year in favor of this sekt (German sparkling wine) from the acclaimed Mosel region. Made in the Charmat method typical of prosecco, this 100% Riesling sparkler features a bouquet of melon, honey and green apple made lively with persistent effervescence. A rainbow of Sour Patch Kids matches the wine's sweetness with the perfect amount of sour, resulting in even zippier sipping.