Why not complete your costume with the ultimate liquid device?
Clearly they didn’t get the Halloween costume memo, circa 1928. (Photo by Penis Whittington … [+]
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It’s a trick, not a treat this year as Halloween candy prices are up more than 13 % over last year according to information from the US Bureau of Labor Stats. Which is greater than the consumer rate index for food at 11.2%.
You can thank climate change for the rate walking: this year’s drought harmed sugar beet crops in the U.S, triggering the rate of sugar to increase (and here you believed it was another international supply chain issue. Well, really, that, too, as it ends up chocolate makers are having a devil of a time due to the Russia-Ukraine war).
So in the spirit of sweet economics, I will not be telling you which wines to pair with Halloween candy. In fact I wouldn’t do that anyway, since, with the unusual exception, red wine and sweet really just don’t fit well.
But there are wines that choose your preferred technique or treat outfits. I’m adhering to the standard, due to the fact that I can’t find white wines that pair with what Google states are the most popular costumes this year. So, here are some white wines that get into the trendy spirit of the season.
Church of Satan Creator Anton LaVey in Costume
YOUR OUTFIT: DEVIL. YOUR RED WINES:
Casillero del Diablo, Chile. An entire portfolio of red, whites and a rose committed to the devil, from the Chilean mega producer Concha y Toro.
Charles Smith White Wines “Velour Devil,” Walla Walla, Washington. A slick and smooth Red wine from a state that’s an outstanding manufacturer of the variety.
circa 1905: (Picture by Historic Picture Archive/Getty Images)
YOUR COSTUME: GHOST. YOUR RED WINES:
Klinker Brick Winery” Old Ghost,”Lodi. Made from old vine zinfandel in the spiritual house of old-vine zin.
Miles Red Wine Cellars “Ghost,” Finger Lakes, New York. An off-dry belnd of equivalent parts Chardonnay and Cayuga, the latter a French-American hybrid grape range cultivated in the Finger Lakes.
Bogle Vineyards, “Phantom,” California. Take your pcikd of the proprietary red blend or a traditional Callie Chardonnay.
Ghost Pines, California, a broad portfolio of multi-sourced white wines consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Wine, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Zinfandel and a red blend.
1956. (Photo by © Ted Streshinsky/CORBIS/Corbis through Getty Images)
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YOUR COSTUME: SKELETON (or some variation). YOUR WINES:
Armida Winery “Poizin,” California. A deep blend of 85% Zinfandel, 15% Syrah
Chronic Cellars Purple Paradise, Paso Robles (Calif.): A Zinfandel-dominated blend from a winery that has actually taken Day of the Dead-themed label art to a brand-new level.
Hahn Family White Wines “Boneshaker,” Lodi (Calif.) An Old Vine Zinfandel sourced from Lodi, though the winery owns its vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA.
Elk Creek Vineyards “Bone Dry Cabernet,”Kentucky. A Cabernet Sauvignon from the exact same winery that produces “Ghostly White” Chardonnay (you noticing a theme here?)
Frias Household Vineyard,”Girl of the Dead,”Napa. A Cabernet-driven mix(64 %)with Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Graciano. Twisted Oak “River of Skulls,” Sierra Foothills AVA (Calif.) 100% Mourvèdre
(Original Caption) Bela Lugosi as Dracula.
YOUR COSTUME: VAMPIRE. YOUR RED WINES:
Vampire Vineyards, “Dracula,” California. Two devilish reds made from Red wine and Pinot Noir, and the “Trueblood” line with Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay. There’s also a “fangria,” however let’s not get too bloody carried away.
If Romanian red wines had broader circulation, you could rely on a few vampire (and vampy) themed red wines from that nation. See here for an example of what you’re missing, due to the fact that they truly take it up a notch and who has better cred than the Translyvanians?circa 1950: Non-conforming
witches(Photo by George Pickow/Three Lions/Getty Images )Getty Images YOUR OUTFIT: WITCH.
YOUR WINES: Leelanau Cellars”&Witches Brew,”Michigan.&Said to be a secret wine blend spiced up with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg. 12.5 %Tomasello Winery “Broomstick Brew,”New Jersey, from one the earliest wineries in New Jersey (est. 1933), a mix
of red wine and mulling spices Krupp Brothers The Water Witch, Napa. OK, not actually a Halloween witch, however I was amazed at the dearth of witch-themed wines out there,
so I’m including this to see if y’ all are on your game. An enthusiastic mix of 38%Cabernet Sauvignon, 24 %Malbec, 10 %Petit Verdot, 10 %Cabernet Franc, 9% Tempranillo, 6 %Syrah, 3%Merlot’Night Of The Living Dead,’ 1968.(Picture by Pictorial Parade/Getty Images) Getty Images YOUR COSTUME: ZOMBIE. YOUR RED WINES: Chateau Diana”Zombie Zin” and”Zombie Chard.”The winery remains in Healdsburg
, but the grapes are multisourced throughout California. B. Nektar Meadery”Zombie Killer”Hard Cider
, Michigan. 5.5 %abv, this resembles tart cherries coupled with a bit o’honey.