Are you going to a fun Halloween party and wondering what wine to bring? This is not the night for serious wines. Spice it up with some ghostly wines. Over the past few weeks I’ve been scouting out fun wines to fire up this ghoulish night; here's a look at what I've found!
The first wines I found were from Vampire Vineyards, which is based in Paso Robles, California. (According to their website there are rumors that the winery is actually owned by vampires.) There are nine Vampire wines to choose from – Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, White Zin and a Merlot Rose. Most of the wines retail at about $10, with the Syrah and Zin at $20.
Another great scary wine is Poizin – "the wine to die for" – from the Armida Winery in Dry Creek Valley. Serious Zin here – the Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel is priced at $25 and the Reserve bottling, which comes complete with its own wooden coffin, costs $60.
Twisted Oak Winery in California also has a great Halloween wine called River of Skulls. The 2007 is available now and is made from the Mourvèdre grape variety – not cheap at $35.
I am not that familiar with wines from Kentucky, but I came across this spooky offering from Elk Creek Vineyards – two great Halloween wines. There is the Bone Dry Red Cabernet Sauvignon, with a very eerie skull on the label ($20) and the Ghostly White Chardonnay ($15)
Moving away from the US and down under I came across two ‘spooky’ wines. One is ‘Evil Cabernet Sauvignon’ from R Wines in Australia. Fresh, fruity and really great value too, at $10 per bottle.
Another Australian to look for is Cockfighter’s Ghost Wines from the Hunter valley. The wines are named after a ghostly steed, said to reside in the vineyard. As the story goes, long ago a brave explorer's horse drowned in the nearby Wollombi Brook, one dark and stormy night. The range includes a Chardonnay, Semillon, Verdelho, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
I am sure that there are more ‘spooky’ wines out there. If you have found any please let us know?
Mary Gorman-McAdams, DWS, is a New York based wine educator, freelance writer and consultant. She hold the Diploma in Wine & Spirits from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), and is a candidate in the Master of Wine Program.
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