As the sun sets on October 31, the night gives rise to ghosts, goblins, and demons… plus an array of super heroes, sports stars, and princesses. Halloween is a night of trick-or-treating fun as kids don their favorite costumes. However, kids should not have all the fun. These five wines ensure every wine lover’s Halloween will be a treat!
Casillero del Diablo wines are a perfect Halloween pairing! According to legend, sometime in the 1880s Don Melchor of Concha y Toro, an eminent Chilean statesman and wine producer, discovered his most treasured wines had been pilfered from the “casillero” (cellar) beneath his ancestral home. To discourage further theft, the enterprising Don spread a rumor that his deepest, darkest cellars were haunted by the devil. Thus the legend of “The Devil’s Cellar” was born. However, these two wines are no trick, they are a delicious treat for any Halloween celebration.
2016 Concha Y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Reserva Sauvignon Blanc ($11): Fresh and crisp; leads with grapefruit, followed by citrus, tropical fruit, white peaches, and fresh cut grass; lively acidity with a mouth-watering finish. What you would hope for from a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc.
2015 Concha Y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon ($11): Predominately cabernet sauvignon blended with other varieties; dark violet, sultry wine; brooding black and red fruit balanced with earthy notes of rich dark chocolate, tobacco, and nutmeg; juicy with firm tannins and a rich, long finish. Open and allow to breathe an hour before enjoying.
Flora Springs Winery in Napa Valley loves Halloween. Each year they create limited edition wines for a spooky celebration. This year’s offerings include three bewitching wines perfect to scare away any ghosts and goblins.
2014 All Hallow’s Eve Cabernet Franc ($50): The “Square Jack” custom label was created by award winning illustrator John Manders; this rich wine offers black fruit with red berries intermingled with notes of black tea, licorice, a hint of tobacco and green vegetal notes; it is sultry, penetrating the palate with ripe tannins and well-structured acidity. This wine is sure to be a Halloween hit.
2014 Ghost Winery Malbec ($55): Flora Springs is one of Napa’s original “ghost wineries” – wineries built in the late 19th century then abandoned in the early 20th century. Though some of the original wineries remain in ruins, Flora Springs winery has been fully restored to its original glory. This wine is crafted from estate Malbec to honor the history of the winery; dark black fruit aligns with tobacco, dark chocolate and roasted espresso beans; rich and full-bodied with dusty Rutherford tannins, mouth-coating, long finish. This wine is all treat.
2013 Harvest Witch Cabernet Sauvignon ($50): A blend of two different vineyards, this Cabernet is bold, with juicy rich black fruit wrapped in a blanket of baking spices, dusty earth, mocha, and a lingering tease of vanilla; penetrating on the palate with seductive tannins and mouth-coating acidity that casts a spell on the palate in a long, dusty finish. Howl at the moon good wine.
Don’t spend your Halloween in the dark; these five wines are ideal for a ghostly good time. Furthermore, don’t forget these wines pair great with candy. Grab your favorite chocolate candy to pair with these bold red wines and your favorite tart, citrus candies to pair with the Sauvignon Blanc and make your Halloween spookishly grand.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michelle Williams writes freelance about wine, food, and travel and on her award-winning blog Rockin Red Blog. She is one of the Top 100 Most Influential Wine Bloggers. Michelle resides with her family in Texas and has an affinity for pairing wine with music. Michelle holds a master’s degree in History of the Christian Tradition from SMU. She enjoys traveling to wine regions all over the world and experiencing first-hand the connections between people, history, culture, cuisine, and wine.