Children enjoy trick-or-treating in the neighborhood on Halloween night, collecting all kinds of candies and other goodies. Adults may enjoy the night attending costume parties and drinking different alcoholic concoctions to the beat of The Misfits’ “Halloween” or Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London.”
Halloween-themed wines make a great addition to any Halloween party. Here are a few favorites:
- Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo – Legend has it that Don Melchor, the founder of Concha y Toro, suspected that the workers in his vineyard were tasting his great wines. To discourage such practice, he spread the rumor that the darkest part of his cellar, where the great wines were kept, was the Casillero del Diablo or Cellar of the Devil. The legend was born and today, the Cellar of the Devil holds the finest wines of the vineyard. Casillero del Diablo’s Cabernet Sauvignon is a red variety with intense plum and cherry bouquet, and vanilla and toast finishes. Enjoy it on Halloween night knowing it was kept for a long time in the Cellar of the Devil.
- Phantom from Bogle – Welcome the Phantom into your party on Halloween night. It is a heady ghost of sensual spice and fierce berry that will be haunting wine aficionados even after Halloween. It has a full-bodied mid-palate and a firm finish.
- Bewitched – It is “witchery in liquid form,” a rich, dark California red 2011 Pinot Noir produced by Virginia Marie Lambrix at the Russian River Valley.
- Ballet of Angels – A beautiful name for a light, semi-dry wine accented by a floral bouquet. It has citrus flavors that evoke pears, peaches, and sweet grapefruit. The name was the result of the efforts of Catherine Vollweiler to find an image for her new wine. She fell asleep only to be awakened by the noise of a book falling on the floor. She looked at the open page and what she saw was the image that is now on the label of Ballet of Angels.
- Vampire Vineyards’ Dracula Pinot Noir – Pinot Noir grapes grown in the Santa Maria Valley. They are harvested before sunrise and give the incredible flavors and nuances leading to a very rich and highly concentrated wine with dark cherry, raspberry, and pomegranate flavors. It is commonly said that God made the Cabernet Sauvignon but the devil made Pinot Noir.
There are plenty more great wines that celebrate the great spirits of Halloween. They are to be savored and enjoyed before the darkness of the night bleeds into a new day.