Wines To Scream About

October 30, 2019

Wines To Scream About

by Dan Orton:
Just the Madness of the crazy mouth on this label gets this wine a worthy mention in this list:
 
Some call him the story teller in South Africa, he's been producing wine for around 15 years under his own label, Blank Bottle winery. This is his malbec which he gets the fruit from his good friend Alex Starey at Keermont. Malbec in Afrikaans means "crazy mouth" which is where the Pieter bases his design for the label. A good option to enjoy whilst watching a horror movie!
For some reason every year I see people dressed as pirates so here's an apt bottle.
 
From a young producer called Phillip Kettern who produces this hauntingly good wine from the town of Piesport situated in the central Mosel valley in Germany. The interesting label features a black pirate flag and an X marks the spot map, this is why it makes this list for Halloween. This tastes like fresh peaches and white flowers balanced with racy acidity. No trick, all treat here.
Dark shadows and playing cards, the next one is frighteningly good.
 
Coming from one of the most iconic producers in the Douro valley, this project was created by Dirk Niepoort. Stepping away from his family's 170 year history in port production, he started "Drink me Douro" to bring easy drinking and creative blends to the masses. He still wants this wine to show the style of the Douro, so this is made from a blend of local Portuguese varietals. Fresh red fruit is balanced by a savoury spice and balsamic edge. Soft tannins and a long finish. This is a complete wine and will definitely give you goosebumps.
 
My last pick is a shout out to the queen of Halloween and the only person I know who loves it more than Christmas, Cassie, of course. 
If the wines don't do it for you you can always do a 'Cassie' and have a martini.
 
Based in West Sussex this distillery were the first to produce vodka in the area. The silver birch name comes the sap they use from around 40 acres of silver birch trees. This element is the reason it will make a great martini vodka, with smokey flavours and the richness from the sap. Get in the spirit of Halloween with this. 



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