Today's blog is by Nathan Dale, Area Sales Manager and WSET Level 3 Certified
I absolutely love Halloween! There is nothing more fun than a bunch of people getting creative with costumes, throwing festive parties, and toasting the chilly fall season. The problem is that it can be difficult to pair wine with such occasions. Is wine appropriate to bring to a Halloween party? Does this wine go well with candy? I spent WAY too much money on my costume, can I still get a good wine for the Monster Mash later? Lucky for you, I have put together some tricks (and treats) that may help you with your Halloween wine dilemma.
Who doesn't like a good vampire wandering around at night with a small drip of blood on its chin? Well, let’s hope it’s actually wine on the face of that foul creature. This bottle has a simple and fun label with a nod toward the sinister. Vampire Pinot Noir is a great option when you want to remain in the spirt of the season, but not break the bank doing so. With notes of strawberry jam, pomegranate, and black cherry in the front, and spice, smoke, and violets through the finish, Vampire Pinot Noir may be the best bet for keeping the goblins away, or attracting them...
When faced with the often difficult decision of what wine will pair with the unknown food at a ghoulish get together, it is best to pick something that is versatile. Ghost Pines Cabernet hails (and haunts) from vineyards in both Napa and Sonoma. This intensely flavored and bold wine will certainly stand up to the finger foods, or just fingers, that will likely be served. With dark fruit flavors and round tannins, Ghost Pines Cabernet offers sweet and savory goodness that will be sure to not scare anyone away.
Step right up and prepare your eyes and your taste buds to be razzled and dazzled by Michael David's Freakshow Red. A cacophony of robust flavors, this big-top beast of a wine will surely wow all who are looking for a flavor explosion this Halloween season. A brooding blend of mostly Syrah and Petite Syrah coming from California's famed Lodi Valley, Freakshow Red is a three-ring circus of ripe plum, caramel, and blackberry syrup that is bold as a lion tamer and daring as a trapeze artist.
When asked why famed Washington State winemaker Charles Smith decided to make an 89 percent Merlot, 10 percent Cabernet, one percent Malbec, his response: "It was so good, the devil made me do it.” Trying to rebuff the reputation of Merlot, Smith enlisted the help of long-time friend and artist Rikke Korff to create a label that temped his soul as much as the juice in the bottle did. With deep flavors of black fruit, cedar, tobacco and cassis, it’s easy to see how The Velvet Devil Merlot can suck in a wine drinker, just as easily as a wine maker.
Here are a couple other options:
Possesses spicy pepper, garrigue, black cherry and earth characteristics in its medium-bodied, soft personality.
It offers lovely notes of fresh pineapple, tangerine skins, orange marmalade, melon and honeysuckle.
Green apple, pear and baked apple pie flavors. French oak whispers sweet notes of vanilla and melted caramel.