Halloween should be just as much fun for adults as it is for kids- if not more so! Kids get to play pretend every day while we as adults are allowed only the occassional daydream (if we’re lucky). Just because we grew-up doesn’t mean that we can’t play dress-up. Halloween is the only time of the year that we get to let our alter egos shine – seriously, when else can you dress-up like a “slutty pumpkin” and still feel good about yourself next morning? Once a year! My point exactly!
So while shuffling through those Halloween party invites and deciding what to wear, you should also be deciding on what drinks to bring. Showing up empty-handed is the scariest thing in the world! Here’s a list of Halloween themed wines that are guranteed to be just as much a conversation starter as those fishnet hose you’ve been secretly dying to wear.
Vampire Vineyards: This vineyard boasts the perfect Halloween story; Supposedly owned by an inner circle of vampires, the idea of the winery was first inspired by a mysterious hitchhiker picked-up in the dark Nevada desert…read the rest here. Vampire Vineyards doesn’t only sell an entire line of Vampire wines (most in the $11-$20 range), but also Witches Brew Ale, Vampire Vodka, and even vanpire inspired movies (i.e. Lost Boys, From Dusk till Dawn, etc.) – along with some pretty nasty looking vampire fangs. You can get your entire Halloween fix in one place!
Ghostly White: This wine from Elk Creek Vineyards in Kentucky looks pretty creepy from the outside. But never fear – it’s nice on the inside (and only $14!). The notes from the website read: ” This Halloween Wine is barrel fermented in stainless steel tanks, reveals ripe apple fruit and hints of citrus. Our Chardonnay is exemplary of the limestone soils found in the Central Kentucky region.”
Bone Dry Red: Apparently, Elk Creek has a thing for Halloween. Bone Dry Red is their offering in the red category with an equally creepy label. Tasting notes from the website say: “Aged in small oak barrels to maintain a soft balance while adding richness and character, our Bone Dry Red Cabernet has ripe cherry, red berry, chocolate and hints of spice, this Halloween Wine is perfect to carry along or serve at all your Halloween parties. Your friends are sure to enjoy this tantalizingly eerie wine.” This one comes in around $20 and sure to increase the scare factor.
Poizin Zinfandel: When you normally see something with a skull and crossbones on it, your instinct is to run the opposite direction. But not this time! Poizin from Armida Winery out of Healdsburg has some tasting notes that sound quite tempting, even while it’s proclaiming itself as “the wine to die for”: “The nose is fruit driven with fresh plum, bing cherry, spicy peppercorn and zinberry. The mouthfeel is soft with a hint of milk chocolate, sweet oak, and a long vanilla finish.” This wine is mostly Zinfandel and a little bit of Petit Syrah (two of my favorites) – and at around $28, I think I’ll take my chances. The website also offers “The Antidote,”a dry Pinot Gris from the Russian River Valley. Probably wouldn’t hurt to grab this bottle…you know, just to be on the safe side.
I hope these wines make your Halloween a little happier. If your curious to learn about one more great Halloween-themed wine and a very cool Halloween wine accessory, check out the entire article at the ATL Vino Wine Blog. Know of any wines with a Halloween theme? Please share them and I’ll post your suggestions to the ATL Vino Facebook page. Cheers!