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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