10 Halloween Wine Picks
Halloween spirit is in the air when the famed lyrics to the infamous song from Michael Jackson’s Thriller can be heard everywhere. Any Halloween absent of Vincent Price’s menacing laugh is like Christmas without Jingle Bells or Easter without eggs! Certain things just must happen to make any holiday season come alive and Halloween is no exception. For example, what would Halloween be without trick or treats, haunted houses, and sinful parties? Speaking of those sinful parties, we at Wine Oh TV have you covered for some great ghoulish grog wine recommendations. Every Halloween party needs a little tombstone tonic or bloody booze to lighten the mood from scary to devilishly fun and below are some awfully scary wine recommendations that we think you will find irresistible for this Halloween season!
Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand. Creatures crawl in search of blood to terrorize the neighborhood. And whosoever shall be found without the soul for getting down, must stand and face the hounds of hell and rot inside a corpse’s shell. The foulest stench is in the air, the funk of forty thousand years. And grizzly ghouls from every tomb are closing in to seal your doom and though you fight to stay alive, your body starts to shiver, for no mere mortal can resist the evil of the Thriller!
2007 Chateau Du Vampire, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California This dark ruby Cabernet has an aroma of cherries, vanilla, and coffee. Its rich, round flavors of raspberry, cocoa powder, anise and bright fruit are notable. This wine has a long finish with firm tannins and smoky vanilla and black cherry flavors.
True Blood wine makes the most frightful bottles with their Vampire Wine portfolio that includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. If you think you might find a bottle of blood delivered to your door, fear not! These wine recommendations are from some of the best appellations in California.
2007 Scaredy Cat, Australia Deep crimson red color with dark chocolate truffles, cassis aromas and dark fruit flavors. Firm tannins support the fruit, giving flavors that extend to the mid-palate.
Killibinbin Winery began producing wine in 1997 in Langhorne, Australia with only 400 cases of Shiraz. The wine sold out and was critically acclaimed all over the world. Today, the Killibinbin brand is managed by Brother in Arms Wines and they produce such fear inducing wines such as the 2007 Scaredy Cat Cabernet/Shiraz blend. One look at these labels and you know that they could draw any monster out from behind dark corners.
2007 Zombie Zin, Zinfandel, California Earthy aroma with dried tobacco and cigar aromas. Smooth tannins and easy drinking.
No better way to battle those evil Zombie’s then to fill up on a little Zombie Zin. Probably the best thing about this wine bottle is the punk rock Zombie daring you to sip some of his evil elixir.
2009 Bogle Vineyards, The Phantom, California A blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Mourvedre, this wine primarily hails from Clarksburg, Lodi and Amador. Rich raspberries and boysenberries with pomegranate and touches of juniper, cedar, and black pepper make this wine full-bodied.
Bogle Vineyards is a large production winery that boasts wine available in all 50 states and 20 countries. It is known for its grocery store appeal with “California” appellation affixed on most of its labels. It is a wine for all to drink and enjoy, especially around Halloween. The Phantom is a repeat offender and can be found every year during this time. Its eerie label will haunt any wine lover.
2009 Ghost Pines, Merlot, Napa/Sonoma County, California Luscious berry fruit, with aromas of roasted coffee and chocolate with toasted oak flavors. Dense and plush around the edges.
Ghost Pines is a winery brand created by the Louis M. Martini Winery. The vision was to create a cross- appellation winery that didn’t focus on the name of the appellation, rather where the best fruit can be found regardless of the appellation. Each glass of Ghost Pines demonstrates the many appellations from where it originates and shows the diversity amongst these appellations. The name says is all for this wine to be a hit at any Halloween soiree.
2009 Dearly Beloved, Forever Red Wine, Mendocino County, California A deep, ruby-red colored wine with aromas of blackberry, cherry and roasted nuts. The palate mimics the nose, with subtle hints of oak at the edges.
Beautiful as it is scary, Dearly Beloved has created one of the best Halloween labels of 2012. Created by the Mendocino Wine Group, this red wine blend made of Syrah, Zinfandel, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, and Carignan, comes out of Mendocino County. At $6.99, this Trader Joe’s exclusive is a steal. After drinking a glass from this Mexican folk art-inspired silk screened wine bottle, you will be kicking up your heals to the Monster Mash!
2009 Grapeful Red, Ruby Hill Winery, Livermore, California On the nose, you will find intense fruity aromas of ripe blackberry and black cherry, with hints of violets and vanilla. Flavors are reminiscent of cherry, plum and black raspberry. Soft tannins and firm acidity delivers intense fruit in a long, lingering finish.
The Grateful Dead has always had a humorous view of the dead and a Livermore based winery decided to make a play off the name and came up with their own version called The Grapeful Red. This fun, psychedelic label will step you back in time when you might have been grooving with those dancing skeletons on a late Halloween night. If the label doesn’t take you back, a couple glasses of this wine will definitely get you grooving to the dirtier, electric sound of the Grateful Dead that we all have grown accustomed to love.
NV Bone Dry Red, Kentucky Aged in small oak barrel this ripe cherry, red berry, chocolate, spicy wine maintains a soft balance and richness.
As the website says, “Whether you are staying in your house or venturing out with all the Halloween spooks, our Ghostly wines are the perfect accompaniment that all your Ghostly and Ghoulish friends are sure to enjoy.” Couldn’t say it better as these three hauntingly crafted wine labels are a definite for any fright night.
2008 Evil Chardonnay, R Wines, South Australia Fun and easy to drink. Minimal oak influence creates a fruit forward edgy wine. A nose of peach, green melon, ripe guava, banana and hints of cashew.
The word evil couldn’t get any creepier unless it is written upside down and that is just what R Wines did for the full creepy effect. Based in Australia, R Wines produces wine from vineyards all over Australia. R Wines are known for sound wines with brilliant, creative labels.
2010 The Divining Rod, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, California Aromas of ripe plum and blackberry. Deep fruit notes develop into spicy black cherry and hints of cured meats and black tea. A pleasant mouth feel, texture weight, and fitting tannic.
Because the Mondavi name is so successful, there has been no real need to create another label. But after half a century, the family felt it was time. The new brand, “Divining Rod,” is based on the “magic” of third generation winemaker and water witch, Marc Mondavi. Water witches are known for their proven ability to locate underground sources of water through a mystical and mysterious practice. As monsters, vampires, and werewolves wonder about this season, The Diving Rod will definitely get the drinker one step closer to the true Halloween spirit.
If these recommended Halloween wine recommendations are too creepy to come by, try this spooky Sangria recipe to offer “adult” ghosts and goblins at this year’s Halloween party.
1 bottle of “blood” red wine
2 Cups Ginger Ale
1 Orange and Lemon cut into slices
¼ Cup Sugar
Pour wine in to a pitcher or punch bowl. Squeeze half the juice from the slices into the wine. Toss in the remainder of the slices and add sugar. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale. Garnish with gummy worms, strawberries, peaches, blueberries, or a host of brandy.
Happy Halloween from Wine Oh TV!