While you really should take the time to learn the history of Halloween, we’re just going to fast-forward to the present-day version of candy, costumes – and of course, wine.
We already talked about picking your wine first, then going for the candy.
And since one quarter of all the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween, according to History.com, there’s going to be a lot of it around!
So today we have some fun, festive wine suggestions for you.
But first, a few more Halloween factoids :
- 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins are produced in the US each year – that’s more than twice the weight of the Empire State building.
- Each pumpkin has about 500 seeds.
- 11.5% of Americans dress up their pets. (We totally thought that number would be higher!)
And now, your perfect Halloween wines – 3 reds, 2 whites. Pick your poison.
Charles Smith Velvet Devil Merlot 2014, Columbia Valley, Washington, $15
This is a devilish blend of 94% merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc. Dense and full of flavor. Dark fruit, cherry, blackberry. Even cedar and earth on the nose. Velvety.
This “mysterious” blend 39% Zinfandel, 38% Petite Syrah, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon (so not so mysterious). Ripe berry and relentless spice will “haunt” wine lovers. Intensity and tons of tannins so great to age
The Prisoner Wine Company The Prisoner 2014, Napa Valley, California, $40
The Prisoner is a Zinfandel-based wine with unlikely mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Syrah and Charbono. You’ll get cherry, espresso, and roasted fig. It’s smooth and has a nice long finish.
Ghost Pines Chardonnay 2013, CA, $17
These Chardonnay grapes are from Monterey, Sonoma and Napa Counties. It’s fruit‐forward -- you’ll get baked apple, pear and lemon cream flavors, and a elegant finish of sweet vanilla.
Light, lemon yellow color. Bright palate with flavors of lime and grapefruit.
Beautifully balanced and well-crafted blend. Medium acidity and
So pick a wine and have a safe, super-fun Halloween!
Tracy Byrnes, former FOX Business Network anchor and host of “Wine with Me” for Foxnews.com, is editor-in-chief and chief contributor of The Sip.