For syrup: Bring sugar and water to a boil in small saucepan, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Add wine and cook for about 5 more minutes or until syrup consistency. Let sit.
For mousse: Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside. Bring 1 cup cream just to a boil in small saucepan. Place white chocolate in a food processor; with machine running, pour in hot cream in a slow, steady stream, and process until smooth.
Transfer to medium bowl set in ice-water bath. Let cool, stirring occasionally, until thick enough to hold ribbons on surface, about 15 minutes.
Whip remaining 1-1/2 cups cream and fold into chocolate mixture, then add in vanilla paste and candies. Cover and refrigerate until thickened and almost firm, about 4 hours.
For pudding: Put chocolate into large bowl; set aside. Bring cream almost to a boil in a small saucepan.
Whisk yolks in separate, medium bowl. Pour hot cream in a slow, steady stream, into yolks while whisking.
Pour mixture back into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 1 minute.
Pour through a fine sieve into chocolate; whisk well until smooth. Set bowl in ice-water bath. Let cool, stirring occasionally, until thick enough to hold ribbons on surface, about 15 minutes.
Cover and refrigerate until set, about 3 hours.
To assemble: Place 1/3 of the cake into bottom of 6 small cups (2 inches in diameter). Top cake with mousse and spoon on syrup. Top with pudding, then another layer of cake. Place remaining mousse on top; spoon with remaining syrup. Top with remaining pudding, then mousse.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours. When ready to serve, whip cream with sugar.
Top trifle cups with the whipped cream, and sprinkle each with peppermint candies.
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