A Spooktacular Halloween Themed Tasting

Ghosts, goblins and monsters. Trick-or-treaters and Jack-o'-lanterns. And of course, the candy. But Halloween doesn't need to be just about the kids dressing up in costume and going door to door for sticky and chocolatey sweets. We here at The Wine Shop are here to take care of the adults with some treats of our own!

You'll be introduced to Bobes the Cat (Czec for Bob), the black cat who adorns the label of The Bohan-Dillon Pinot Noir from Hirsch Vineyards in Sonoma. Bobes himself won't be in attendance, sadly, as he roams around the vineyard out in California; that's OK though, as black cats are a sign of bad luck right?

We'll also be enjoying some Barbera from the Piedmont region of Italy in the form of Vietti's Barbera D'Asti. A depiction of a monster haunts this label, a sketch by the late Italian sculptor and artist Pietro Cascella. But no need to be frightened, the wine is delicious and nothing haunted about it!

Of course orange is the new black, and conveniently orange and black are the colors of Halloween. Therefore, we'll be diving into some orange wine from winemaker Andrew Jones, one of the new cool kids of California. What is an orange wine? It's a white wine where the seeds and skins of the grapes are left in contact with the juice, creating an orange-hued color to the wine. Think rosé, they are extremely similar, both in flavor and how they're created. Andrew's Field Recordings SKINS is a blend of Pinot Gris, Chenin Blanc and Albarino. Zombies need not apply.

To conclude the All Hallows Eve tasting, we'll toast All Souls Day with The Immortal Zin Old Vine by Peirano Estate. This is the black to juxtapose the orange. Deep, dark, rich and inky, we'll need to spark up a candle inside a Jack-o'-lantern to light our way through this one!

When this tasting is through, it'll be a good idea to crawl under a blanket once home, crack open a bottle and Neflix your favorite scary movies!

See you there!

Salud,

The Wine Shop Team

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