Halloween is fast approaching (as in 3 days from now!). The evening is full of spooky revelry for both kids and adults. In my neighborhood, after the kiddos are in bed and the masses have subsided, the adults get together for their own version of candy – wine & cocktails! This is a fun time to choose wines for their label, and we have some spooky – and delicious – picks.The Velvet Devil Merlot – with a pitch fork and everything! From eccentric winemaker, Charles Smith, this is a supple red from Washington State.Ghost Pines – The winery produces Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and a Red Blend. The wines are smooth and supple, with lots of ripe fruit.Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo – “Cellar of the devil” – got to have these wines on hand for any Halloween festivities as they are great value and actually named for a haunted cellar!Razor’s Edge – Choose from Shiraz or Shiraz-Grenache. The label harks back to movies with Freddy Kruger or Jason from “Halloween.” What’s inside is that ripe Aussie fruit style – easy drinking and good for watching the kiddos go door-to-door.
M&Ms and Merlot? Charleston Chews and Chardonnay? Skittles and Sangiovese? Yes, you CAN pair wine with leftover Halloween candy (or those pieces you swiped from your 4 year olds Trick-or-Treat stash on the sole basis of protecting her teeth).In the basic world of food & wine pairing, the wine should always be sweeter than the food. But, when looking at most candy that is passed out on Halloween night, you’re talking high sugar and lots of sweetness, and there are exceptions to that rule. After all, the adults schlep the kids through the cold, dark streets on Halloween night and deserve a little treat of their own! Here are our picks for tasty treats for the adults:Hershey Chocolate Bars paired with a Jammy ZinfandelSnickers Bars paired with PortSkittles paired with MoscatoSour Patch Kids paired with a Bubbly NV Rosé from FranceReese’s Peanut Butter Cups paired with Ruby Port or SherryHeath Bars paired with SherryCandy Corn paired with a round, buttery California Chardonnay or a Viognier from Provence, France or even a GewürztraminerRed Licorice paired with a Pinot NoirKit-Kats paired with a MerlotM&M’s paired with a Malbec or Merlot100 Grand Bar paired with….why a Grand Cru Bordeaux of course!Happy Halloween candy and wine sipping!
It’s that time of year again – the time to jump on to the “everything should have a Halloween theme” bandwagon. Of course we think this means that you should have some spooky labels of wine floating around as well. This year’s picks include:in the “Perfect Party Wine” category…7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel -It has the word “dead” in it, and it seems to fit a Halloween theme, so we threw it on the list. Not to mention it’s a fantastic bottle of Zinfandel perfect for fall weather.Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon – We love this wine for Halloween – it’s easy to drink, with a slightly spooky – yet grown up- label.
Apothic Red Blend – One of our more popular wines, this red blend seems to be a crowd-pleaser, so we’d definitely recommend it for a Halloween party.Bogle Phantom – A full-bodied blend, over half of which is Zinfandel (what Bogle does so well), can stand up to all the candy corn in the bowl.Razors Edge Shiraz – Throwing on some scary movies? Jason? Freddy? Super jammy and concentrated, this is a cocktail wine at a fantastic value.In the “Care to Splurge?” category…d’Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz – One of our favorite producers, one of my personal favorite wines – this Shiraz is complex, powerful and dense, but with lovely uplifting characteristics that linger on the palate. Looking for a reason to have a great wine, toast Halloween with this one.Terlato Devils’ Peak Red – A red blend from Napa Valley, this full-bodied bottle is oppulent, but structured. Ideal for a Halloween meal.
Our new neighborhood is apparently a Halloween destination. We have been warned of the excessive crowds of children, told to purchase 50 lbs of candy, and to get home early as the street is shut down. Say what? We’ve also learned that our house, situated on the corner, was not only the best decorated home (need decorations, now!), but also the “refill” house of the neighborhood. This is no problem for us, but it got me thinking that I need to serve wine that fits the spooky Halloween theme!Typically I don’t buy wines for their label. The saying, “it’s what’s inside that counts” rings most true when it comes to wine, but I feel I can make an exception for Halloween. Here are a few lables I’ll be serving for the adults that night.Ghost Pines – it’s possible I will get one of every varietal here. The winery produces Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. I have not heard of the winery or tried the wines yet, but they definitely fit into that spooky theme.Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo – “Cellar of the devil” – got to have these wines on hand for any Halloween festivities as they are great value and actually named for a haunted cellar!Razor’s Edge – Choose from Shiraz or Shiraz-Grenache. The label harks back to movies with Freddy Kruger or Jason from “Halloween.” What’s inside is that ripe Aussie fruit style – easy drinking and good for watching the kiddos go door-to-door. Hello Kitty Devil Pinot Noir – it just speaks for itself…