Wicked wines to buy for your Halloween Party
By Mary Small Originally published October 2019, updated September 2020
Ghosts, goblins, witches and ghouls… it’s time for Halloweeeeeen! Chances are, your Halloween plans include creative costumes, a close-knit petrified party and, whether you are the host or the guest, preparing to contribute to the bar menu. But listen here witches, Halloween isn’t just reserved for ice-cold brews. There are perfectly wicked wines fit for the festivities. We’ve outlined some tricks and treats to ensure you scare your guests with your décor, not your wine selection – at every price.
When to choose tricks: If you are having more than 5 people over, go for the wines that will save you some money. It is better to reserve the wines poised on your rack for a special occasion, or with a small group where you can savor and enjoy them slowly. For a larger Halloween gathering, stick to the theme. Your ghoulish guests will have just as much fun. These wines have labels that will fit right in with your spooktacular décor, and all without sacrificing taste.
When to choose treats: If you are throwing (or attending) a get-together for a small group of friends or hosting a murder-mystery dinner, these wines are your best bet. The extra coin you need to scare up will be abundantly apparent in worth when you taste these sinister sips. The labels and names are still fit for the occasion, but the taste and quality of these wines are simply to die for.
Not sure? Have no fear. Sometimes you get a wine where the trick is simply getting a treat wine at a great price point.
Trick: Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon
This Halloween, trade in your tricks-or-treats for freaks and treats. When the whole circus is in town, embrace the crazy and grab a bottle of Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine’s fruits are picked directly from owner Michael Phillips’ Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. The red wine is aged for 14 months in 100% oak barrels. Its flavor profile is as strong as the man on the label. This medium-bodied wine has aromas of Bing cherry, strawberry jam and baking spices. Enjoy the taste of bright, red fruits and toasted hazelnut while a fruit forward finish lingers in your mouth. We recommend savoring this wine with BBQ (skeleton) ribs or alongside that tasty chocolate bar that you snagged from your kids.
Trick AND Treat: Ministry of the Vinterior Cabernet Sauvignon
Ministry of the Vinterior Cabernet Sauvignon has the perfect blend of spicy and sweet. Its flavors of raspberry jam, milk chocolate and mocha will pair nicely when stealing your kiddies’ candy bars. This wine is also a part of our Sourced & Certified Collection, meaning it is sourced at its best price and certified for quality by our team of wine experts.
Treat: Orin Swift Palermo Cabernet Sauvignon |88-point rating from Wine Spectator (2016)
Part of the Orin Swift Cellars collection, which is well-known for its artistic packaging, Palermo has the most haunting label of the wines we selected. The label depicts a photo taken by National Geographic Photographer Vincent J. Musi in a 16th century catacomb in Palermo, Sicily, of a mummified priest according to thedrinksbusiness.com.
This Napa Valley Cabernet is aged for ten months in French oak. Its bold garnet color is met with bold, full-bodied character. Rated 88-points by Wine Spectator (2016 vintage), this exceptional wine would perfectly pair with any ghostly dinner gathering. We suggest pairing it with grilled pork tenderloin or short rib ragu.
Trick: 19 Crimes Hard Chard
19 Crimes Wines are named for the period when British criminals were sent to Australia to colonize as an alternative to death. If a man or woman was convicted of one of nineteen crimes, they were “punished by transportation.” 19 Crimes Hard Chard was named for the women banished to Australia, and the contributions they made. The bold flavor has hints of baked green apple, citrus and vanilla. This is the ideal wine to share with your favorite gang of girls.
Treat: Prisoner Wines Blindfold White | 91-point rating from Wine Enthusiast (2017)
Blindfold from Prisoner Wine Company is a Chardonnay-based blend with Roussanne, Viognier and Muscat. It hosts aromas of lychee, citrus, peach and apple pie, making it a seasonably appropriate sipper for October. Blindfold’s eerily sketched, black and white label is the perfect example of finding a wine that blends into your Halloween dinner theme without sacrificing quality or taste. This superior wine is best suited for seafood, especially raw oysters. The 2017 vintage received a 91-point rating from Wine Enthusiast.
Trick: 7 Moons Red Blend
A full moon casts its shadow on us this Halloween and the best way to celebrate the spookiest phase of the moon is by raising a glass of 7 Moons Red Blend. This California red features 7 different grape varietals, each representing a phase of the moon. By blending Syrah, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet, Malbec and Grenache, you receive initial aromas of chocolate-covered cherries, baking spices and vanilla bean. The flavor palate includes strawberry preserves, cherry cola and milk chocolate with a smooth, fruit-forward, lingering finish. If you’re looking for bolder flavors, check out 7 Moons Dark Side Red Blend.
Trick AND Treat: Bogle Phantom Red Blend | 90-point rating from Wine Enthusiast (2014)
Phantom, by definition, is a ghost or apparition, so what could be more fitting for your All Hallows’ Eve festivities? The grim label will add to your décor while the taste adds to your delight. Bogle Phantom is a blend of Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from California. This wine is aged for over two years, intensifying its flavor. This vino may taste expensive, but the price is extremely reasonable. Wine Enthusiast gave the 2016 vintage a 90-point rating. Want more options? Bogle Phantom also has a Chardonnay.
Trick: 7 Deadly Zins
7 Deadly Zins is made from seven certified sustainable vineyards in the Lodi appellation. It is composed of mostly Zinfandel with a touch of Petite Sirah and is aged for 11 months in American oak. This sinful sip is fruity with tastes of jammy berry and light spice. If you are looking for a softer Zin to pair with a backyard barbecue, this devilish drink should be your pick.
Treat: Prisoner Wines Saldo Zinfandel | 88-point rating from Wine Enthusiast (2017)
The Prisoner Wine Company may play a trick on you with their mysterious labels, but this Zinfandel is truly a treat. You’ll want to lock it up with the spirits “here and there” (the meaning of Saldo in Latin) on All Hallow’s Eve, so they don’t crack open this dark ruby colored wine before your festivities begin. Its bold aromas of black licorice, black pepper, dark cherry and baking spices are sure to keep your guests (living and dead) coming back for more.
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