As I said before, it’s never a bad idea to plan ahead for the holidays. Many of us forget due to our excitement over the “majors”, though, that the spooky holiday comes first. Let’s face it, I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I went to a party in costume. [OK, I won’t tell you.] Why has it been so long? No, it’s not because I’ve completely lost the fun in my life. Mostly it’s due to a lack of advance prep work.
So, if you’re thinking of having a get-together (with or without costumes) on Halloween, I have another candidate for you to audition for the beverage table. This one is also for a casual affair not for the wine aficionados. And this wine, too, has a Halloween-appropriate label. And name! In fact, the wrapper that comes with each bottle is even more Halloweeny than the label. If you serve it at Halloween, make sure your guests get to see and appreciate the wrapper art as well.
Winemaker: Curious Beasts (by Truett Hurst)
Wine: Blood Red Wine
Varietal: Red Blend
Notes: With a name like Blood Red Wine, this selection is appropriately dark ruby in the glass. On the nose I caught scents of red berries, sous bois, and a hint of caramel. At 14.7% alcohol, it had little to no tannins that I could detect. Still, there was plenty of flavor in this light-bodied selection. I tasted lots of cherry and blackberry with some raisin and caramel along with a touch of eucalyptus. It was certainly pleasant enough to drink. Since there’s not much in the way of structure, it is a drink now kind of wine. I think it would be decent with a pasta dish or with Mexican cuisine.