Sip, Savor, and Spook: The Best Natural Wines for Halloween
Halloween is the perfect occasion to embrace your inner ghoul and revel in all things eerie and mysterious. Whether you're hosting a haunted gathering or simply looking for a chilling companion to your spooky movie night, natural wines can add an exciting twist to your Halloween celebration. Here are some of the best natural wines to drink on this enchanting holiday.
When it comes to Halloween, you can't go wrong with a deep red wine reminiscent of the dark, mysterious night. A Beaujolais, made from Gamay grapes, is known for its vivid red hue. Its fruity, almost blood-like appearance makes it an ideal choice for the season. Plus, the bright acidity and flavors of red berries in Beaujolais are devilishly good.
A Chardonnay with a twist can be a surprising choice for Halloween. A natural, unoaked Chardonnay like Hollow Wines' Sunset White allows the true character of the grape to shine through. The good acidity and bright, crisp notes of green apple and a touch of citrus can be likened to a potion conjured by a mischievous witch.
Pinot Noir, often described as the "heartbreak grape," is perfect for those who enjoy a lighter red wine with ethereal qualities. Its subtle, haunting aromas of cherries and earthy undertones are sure to elevate your Halloween experience.
Not all Halloween wines need to be dark and ominous. A well-balanced, dry rosé with hints of strawberry and rose petals can be a delightful choice for those who prefer a lighter, more approachable wine that still captures the essence of the season.
If you're in the mood for medium-to-full body red wine, get this Syrah. It's rich and complex with dark fruit flavors, making it a mysterious and thrilling choice for the occasion.
Orange wine, made from white grapes with extended skin contact, has a distinct and unsettling appearance. Its amber color can be likened to an eerie, otherworldly potion. Orange wine's popularity is on the rise and flavors range from nutty to slightly oxidized, adding an air of mystery to your Halloween tasting experience. 'Sunshine' is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and touch of Muscat for aromatics and tastes like grapefruit and ocean mist - perfect for any orange wine drinker.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are know for their dark, inky hue and full-bodied characters. These wines are the embodiment of a moonless night and pairs beautifully with hearty autumn dishes, making it a wonderful choice for Halloween feasts. It's not always easy to find either of these as a natural wine but here we have a blend of organically-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Sonoma County, free of any chemicals/additives during winemaking, a rare treat. You must pick this up, Halloween or not!
When selecting your natural wine for Halloween, remember that it's not just about the wine itself but the atmosphere you create. Turn down the lights, light some candles, and play haunting music to set the mood. Pair your wine with spooky-themed appetizers and enjoy a spine-tingling night with friends or family. Whether you choose a wine with a deep, crimson hue or something more unusual, the right bottle can make your Halloween celebration even more enchanting. Cheers to a night of fun, fright, and fantastic wine!