Tired of the over done Halloween dry ice punch? Give Vampire Merlot a try. It will bring out the dark side in your guests. It is harvested from cool-climate, coastal vineyards at the southern end of the Central Coast’s Paso Robles viticultural district. Picked at peak ripeness, the Merlot is fermented on the skins for two weeks, with three-times-daily pumpovers, the traditional method of extraction which brings rich color and supple tannins to the new wine. Aged with a combination of both French and American oak, the Merlot develops graceful fruit flavors in the cellar, complemented by subtle shadings of vanilla and toast from the oak.
Another ghostly wine that won’t bite is Leelanau Cellars Witches’ Brew. If you’re looking for something fun and unique to bring to a holiday party this year, this is your wine! This wine is best served heated! Simmer in a pot over low heat until it is warm (the temperature of a witches’ tongue, if you’re celebrating Halloween). This spiced wine should not be served with dinner, but rather as dessert, with some good, dark chocolate. It would make a great ice-breaker!
Finally, satisfy your evil desires with R Winery Evil Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s appearance is of deep purple ruby, semi-opaque. It smells of Cassis and hints of coffee and vanilla. Medium-bodied and softly textured, the deep fruit-forward flavors are plentiful but just short of jammy and the finish is dusty dry.
Whether you are hosting or ghosting a Halloween party this year, there are plenty of options to leave your mark as a wine lover! Wine is the perfect addition to any adult Halloween party. Why not set the mood by adding a special Halloween wine to the list? These three wines are specifically bottled for Halloween and are sure to please even your most spooky of guests.