by Ciaran Meyler, buyer, agency brands
Halloween or Hallowe’en, also known as All Halloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a celebration observed in several countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints, martyrs, and all the faithful departed. Hence all the spooky tales of all the dead people walking around and the scary tales.
I for one don’t believe in ghosts even though I thought I saw one many years ago in Omagh on my way home from work late one night (no drink taken). There was always a story of The White Nun at the local convent and as I passed one night about midnight I could see what I believed to be a faceless white gown walking towards me. Well Usan Bolt wouldn’t have caught me that night. I eventually convinced myself that someone was just playing a joke on me.
What has all that got to do with wine I hear you ask? Well, Halloween isn’t just the season for candy and pumpkin flavoured beer, it’s also an opportunity for vino-lovers to uncork some interesting wines.
So, whether you are stocking up for an adult Halloween party or refilling your own wine rack in preparation for All Hallows’ Eve, here are some spook-tacular Halloween-themed wines to sip this autumn.
Vega Douro Tinto (The Bloody Red)
Vega emanates from the steep-terraced vineyards of the Douro Valley (home to the great port houses) and is a sturdy, deep blood-like coloured wine blended from three of the region’s best varieties, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz. It is rich with plum, cherry and mineral elements and complex with a firm grip of tannins, typical of the region. Try it with spicy roasted ribs; it’s Fangtastic.
Tosca Chianti Riserva (Hannibal Lecter’s Favourite)
In the roaming hills of Tucany, the Chianti region is not clearly defined but in general it extends over the provinces of Florence and Siena. It’s a truly magical place and worth a visit. This Chianti is just screaming out for you to get stuck into it. Loaded with cherries and raspberries and a slight touch of spice. As we know, it goes well with liver and fava beans.
Sardine Submarine Vinho Branco
Portuguese whites are gaining in popularity, probably on the back of so many of us holidaying there. And this lively, fragranced easy white with peach and lime fruits will leave you thirsting for more. Try with any freshly caught fish.
If you’re not looking for wine, try the Skull Hanging Whitley Neill Gin Cocktail
Your guests will lose their heads over this daiquiri-inspired frozen strawberry and gin slushie!
- 250g strawberries, hulled
• 100g crushed ice, plus more if you like a thicker blended drink
• 50ml Whitley Neill Gin
• Juice of half a lime
Combine all ingredients in a blender and whizz (mind your fingers), pour over crushed ice into a skull glass and garnish with any blood red fruit.
I know it’ll be difficult deciding witch one to choose. Whatever you do, drink responsibly and don’t be too petrified.
Quote of the Month
“I’ll bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween.”