Ghoulishly Good Wines for Halloween

By Snarls Darker |

Looking for to serve the finest wines in the world at your Halloween party? We recommend Burgundies. But, if you’re looking for something with a bit more affordable and packing a properly haunting label, there are plenty of options. With the exception of an apple wine, we focused on reds (like blood), but most of this vineyards offer whites as well. The second criteria was a combination of name and packaging. As for taste and price, these wines run the gamut from surprisingly tasty to sheer novelty. (Also, be sure to check out our list of Haunted Spirits!)

Courtesy Vampire

Vampire Wine Trueblood Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 2012

For obvious reasons, Vampire basically owns the supernatural wine market. Their standard line is available in six different varietals and fills the holiday checkbox with all the appropriate bloodsucker references, However, we prefer the upper end Trueblood bottles. This is a classic St. Helebna Cab—14.5% ABV and bursting with fruit. If a bottle from your local wine shop-isn’t enough, you can check out Vampire’s own lounge in Beverley Hills. SRP $65.00

Courtesy Charles Smith

Charles Smith “The Velvet Devil” Merlot

Smith, a former rocker, has a unique philosophy when it comes to wine—people want to drink it now, not age it. This Columbia valley mix of 94% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec, and 1% Malbec os part of his “Modernist Project.” Keeping with the drink it before the devil knows your dead epistemology, Velvet a ready to drink, classic New World juice, big and bursting with cherry, blackberry, cedar, and tobacco. SRP $12

Courtesy Door Peninsula Winery

Door Peninsula Winery“Hallowine”

You’re getting exactly what you’d expect with Hallowine. it’s a “sweet Apple wine heavily spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg” from a Wisconsin winery. The vintners recommend serving it warm as a “sassy cider substitute.” SRP $9.99

Courtesy Twisted Oak

Twisted Oak “River of Skulls”

Skulls is a Calaveras County, CA wine made of 100% Mourverde from Dalton Vineyards in Angels Camp. The taste is filled with blackberry, plums, and cedar with lots of smoke and baking spices on the finish. The name was created y Spanish explorer Lieutenant Gabrilel Morga who gave the same name to a river in the region in 1805. But, what makes it really cool for the holiday is the big, red skull on the bottle! SRP $49.95

Owen Roe “Sinister Hand”

The spooky label here references a 17th century Irish legend about tow feuding families and a boat race, but we’re just in it for the visual fright factor. The Washington wine, itself, is a blend of 63% Grenache, 16% Syrah, 16% Mourverde, 5%. Roe spares us the massive jam-bond and instead offers Cinsault peppercorns, cloves, juniper, and and chocolate with a hint of berry. SRP $28

Courtesy Bodega Tobias

Bodega Tobia Daimon Tinto

Not all Halloween ready wines are from the new world. Daimon is a refreshing turn from uber jammy offering. The 85% Grenache and 15% Tempranillo blend still has plenty of berry and currant to go around, but far more minerality and some nice coconut and vanilla tones to even it out. The result is a fresh and balanced sip appropriate year round. But, as for that Daimon part, the winemaker says that it is a reference to the nature spirits, daimon, of greek mythology which provided”the voice of conscience, guiding you towards right and fair.” SRP $16

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