The Halloween season summons spooky spirits and witchy wines to channel your inner demon. While drinking great wines and liquors can be spiritual, sometimes it’s all about the labels, with brazen bottle art and a clever sales pitch.
A fun spirit conversation piece, Skeleto Tequila Anejo Jalisco Mexico, a 100% ultra premium Agave Tequila, is bottled in skeletal torsos and adorned with various bandanas or hats. Mix this into a creepy cocktail, or take your poison straight, it will fuel the weekend’s riotous revelry.
Here are a few examples of Halloween Frankenwines:
Skeleton Vineyards offers three different varietals, a Gruner Veltliner, Blauer Zweigelt, and Malbec in 1 liter bottles. According to the producer, the scary Skeleton Malbec has crushed black fruit, licorice, violets, and earth, and lingers like a phantom on the palate.
Stella Rosa has released two limited edition Halloween themed bottles, wrapped decoratively in Day of the Dead gift bags, celebrating the spooky spirit of the season. Stella Rosa Rosso and Stella Rosa Black are semi-sweet red wines that are best chilled and served with fresh fruit and cheese.
In the spirit of trick or treat, Chateau Diana makes a pair of wines for vino goblins. The 2013 Trick Red Table Wine has a jeering jack o’lantern splashed on the label, and wine tasting notes of “cranberry candy apples with a warm, toasty finish”. The 2013 Treat White Table Wine features a festive feline sorceress on the label. Tasting notes from the producer reveal a “lemon-lime lollypop” aroma and flavors of “honey baked apples with a bright creamy finish” and moderately low alcohol.
Zombie Zin also hails from Chateau Diana, and is infernally inky, with ripe black fruit, dried herbs, spice, cola, and cherry jam with a hint of black pepper, according to the winemaker. It’s a great label, with torn edges, and a hungry zombie flashing a flesh eating grin, an apocolyptic vision to be sure.
Hob Nob Vineyards Wicked Red is a macabre meritage of 40% Grenache, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, and 10% Pinot Noir (say what, not a usual blending partner!). This freaky fruit bomb comes from southern France, and according to the tasting notes, has big red and black fruit, spice, roasted coffee, mocha, and toasted hazelnut.
Vinos de los Muertos Blanco Dulce and Rojo Dulce are sweet wines, one white and one red, made to pair with the sugar skulls and pan de muertos (traditional sugar-sprinkled bread loaves) that are part of the Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, celebration.
Costco, Whole Foods, and Cost Plus World Markets are just a few who shine a full moon on fiendishly fun wine labels. Beware of the displays of ghoulish wines who weave a magic spell on your pocketbook, you could end up throwing a monster mash for the entire block!