My 2018 Spooky Wines For Halloween

If you read my choices from last year, I thoroughly enjoy picking out a few bottles of spooky wines to scare the trick or treaters with. Well to be honest with you, the wine is usually gone by the time Halloween rolls around! These are 3 great wines that I wanted to share to prep you for this year’s Halloween festivities.  I also went for super affordable this year.

Phantom Red Blend

I received a bottle of Phantom from a friend a few years back (thanks Joe!) and it’s continued to stay one of my absolute favorite wines.  It’s a blend of 42% Petite Sirah, 34% Zinfandel, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot from California. The wine spends 24 months in 1 and 2 year old American oak and has just 2.8 g/L of residual sugar. Wild berries and black pepper are framed by the influence of oak aging with baking spices and a hint of toasty vanilla.

From the bottle:

In the dark recesses of the cellar you sense a presence, hear footsteps. Why is it these things only happen when you are alone? In the shadows, a glimpse of muddy boots and old blue jeans…the lurking legacies of hard work and determination left by those who have come before you.

Retails at $20 but I heard you can find it at Costco for $15!

Shinas Estate The Verdict 2014

Back by popular demand, this Australian Cabernet Sauvignon has nice deep, dark cherry color and a strong inviting aroma. Medium bodied with oak, and not too overly spicy.  Sweet beginning, spicy body and dry sweetness ending. The story behind the Verdict is the grapes are sourced from a “partner in crime.” A stone’s throw from the state minimal production from this single vineyard means only a lucky few will ever know the real verdict. Who else is dying to know!? I think we should ask the winemaker.  Retails at $16.95.

The Velvet Devil Merlot, by Charles Smith Wines

89% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec blend from Washington State.  Offers pure velvet, deep and delicious black fruit, cedar, tobacco and cassis. According to winemaker Charles, “It’s so good that it appears the devil made me do it.”  Smooth and super fruity…a wine I absolutely love and can always get behind.  Rumor has it, this goes great with a bloody steak (not like Veggies and Vino would know :)).  Retails at $12.99.

Trick or treat wine gobblins!

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