Dear Wine Ladies, We are throwing a Halloween party and would like to serve a “Halloween themed” wine or drink made with wine. Any ideas or suggestions would be great, thanks Wine Ladies. – Andrea
Dear Andrea, Although there are a number of “sinister’ wines out there, such as Vampire Vineyards, Trueblood and Dracula, unfortunately none of these are readily available in our market. One of the closest Halloween themed wines we do have available is a wine called Bull’s Blood, which comes from Hungary. Although Dracula comes from Transylvania, it is rumored that Hungary also lays claim to having vampire roots.
A more recent addition to our LCBO shelves that might appeal to you for your monster bash is the wine called Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon. Carnivor wines come from California and they are typically deep and rich in colour and have big bold flavours and a smooth finish. Perhaps you could work the winery’s slogan into your party somehow. For example, “Meat was made for Carnivor” and “Tonight add a little predator to your prey”’.
The current vintage is deep reddish purple in colour, with an aroma of black cherry and black berry, with notes of toasted oak. On the palate, it is full and rich with more notes of dark fruit, a hint of spice, toasted oak, hints of vanilla and a lingering finish. The wine is good value at $17.95. Another option is to pick up some Halloween themed wine labels and provide your own mix of Dracula, Phantom or Diablo. Finally in terms of a recipe, we did come across this “super spooky” one for sangria which is based on “blood red” wine.
1 bottle of “blood red” wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel)
2 cups ginger ale or club soda
1 orange cut into wedges
1 lemon, cut into wedges
¼ cup sugar
Dash of grenadine syrup
Spooky hard candy eyes
For extra affect, you can freeze plastic spiders in spooky shaped ice cube trays for the ice mix-ins.
Preparation: Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges and add sugar. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale or club soda, grenadine syrup, ice and hard candy eyes just before serving. You might also like to add olives for “eyeballs”, or hang gummy worms over the glass for an added effect.