Blood and guts seem to run amok, but never fear, there is a ghost story in that bottle somewhere.
Scary labels are another story entirely. My colleague Kristin Watts has given a rundown of her favorite spooky labels with 5 Wine Labels to Die For! Check it out, but be sure to leave the lights on! Bwahahaha. Okay, sound effects would be helpful here. And can I get some makeup?
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This is named after a dilapidated slaughterhouse that anchors the vineyard of this tiny producer in California. With only a single wine under production from a tiny 1.4 acre plot, it’s no surprise that you may not have heard of Slaughterhouse Cellars. If you’re looking for a classic Napa Cabernet for this year’s fright night celebration, look no further than the Slaughterhouse. My only question, do you dare?
Since we’re on the subject of blood and guts, how about Hungary’s famous Egri Bikaver, or “bull’s blood?” Just a simple table wine based on a blend of at least three of 13 allowed grape varieties, Egri Bikaver has the double benefit of both being associated with the number 13 (spooky!) and being called “Bull’s Blood.” Most newer labels aren’t that scary, though the classic old school label was pretty horrifically ugly.
There are a number of wines with a “ghost” in the name, but I am admittedly quite partial to the Gray Ghost. This in no small part is due to the very appealing spelling of Gray, as opposed to the entirely less haunting “grey.” This is Gray Ghost for crying out loud, not Grey Goose. Based in Virginia, Gray Ghost offers a large selection of delicious white and red wines.
Party With the Devil
Or at least the Devil’s Cellar, which is located in Chile, of all places. Seriously, Concha y Toro has a whole line of devilishly good wines that they sell under the Castillero del Diablo moniker. Try the Carmenere, it displays classic notes of black fruit in a medium weight style that’s packed with fire and brimstone.
R wines has produced a line of Pure Evil wines for several years. With their black and red color scheme and backwards writing, this is the one wine best suited to scare the crap out of your Carrie watching friends. The wine is a crowd pleaser, and wicked enough for most people. If you’re looking for the deep down, full blown evil, why not try the Evil Incarnate bottling? This Barossa Valley Syrah is guaranteed to color your soul a relatively deep shade of ruby. A really black shaded ruby. Black, black ruby.
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