Wine for a Dime

Price of wine getting you down lately?

We know your wine hobby can be expensive and vineyard visits seem more like a dream than tangible reality. So we’ve gathered some wallet saving tips for your wine lifestyle.

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1) Groupon

Groupon is a great way to get tastings, bulk wine orders, wine gifts, and vineyard visits on the cheap! We personally have used this website to visit many local places for half the price. Use this for sangria at your local paint night, discounts on local event tickets, and even custom made wine bottles. Sign up now to get 20% your first groupon order.

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2) Localwineevents.com

This website specializes in wine education AND wine fun. Not only does it list events and festivals near you, but it lists wine getaways in places like Europe and California. Their newsletter lets you know ASAP about early bird ticket sales and fun wine facts/trivia. This is the same website that we used to discover Wine Riot Boston; you might remember our review from a previous post.

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3) Superstore Newsletters

This next tip may sound lame at first, but we swear your wallet will thank you later. Join the email list or mailing account of your local packies, wine superstores, and local small wine shops. The packies and superstores often have special sales or wholesale discounts, but the smaller shops tend to host cheap and intimate wine events where you may even get to meet a winemaker and get the inside scoop. This may flood your email a bit, so maybe make an easy gmail or yahoo account for all your wine info needs (or send them all to your Promotions folder).

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4) Join a Wine Club

Wine clubs are a great way to get different bottles each month without having to spend a lot of money. Some local shops may have their own clubs but many online vendors have bottles that get shipped directly to your house. Some of the cheaper online clubs include Tasting RoomWINC, Cellars Wine Club, and for more options/reviews check out this article from Urbantastebud. For local options, look to the newsletters from option #3 to see if any stores near you offer a monthly club. Local shops would take out your shipping costs completely so we recommend checking around first.

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5) Tasting Events

Nearly every liquor and wine shop has tasting events on the weekends so swing through quickly as you go about your day to see what they are pouring. 9 times out of 10 there’s a discount on the wines being served or even a case discount. This way you know you like the wine before you buy and you snagged a deal that day. Worse case scenario, you go home with a bottle of your favorite wine instead of what they offered you.

 

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Holiday Wine and Cheese Pairing Guide

We know the major holiday season is on its way, with Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa all falling on the same week this year. Don’t panic: we have created an easy cheese and snack pairing guide to help you this season!

White Wine:

**Quick Tip:

Acidic wines ⇒ fresh cheese

full body wine ⇒ hard, chewy, bloomy cheese

sweet wines ⇒ strong or spicy cheese.

Bubbly:

Prosecco or Champagne ⇒ Asiago, Parmesan, Camembert

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Camembert

Light, Acidic, Floral:

Sauvignon Blanc ⇒ Goat cheese, Chevre, Mozzarella,

Riesling (dry) ⇒ fondue, creamy blue cheese

Pinot Grigio/Gris ⇒Ricotta, feta, burrata

Medium to Full Body:

Chardonnay ⇒ Brie, Humbolt Fog, funky cow’s milk cheeses

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Humbolt Fog

Viognier ⇒ Comte, Farmer’s cheese, Baked Brie

Semillon ⇒ Cheddar or Gruyere

Sweet:

Gewurtstraminer ⇒ cream cheese, goat cheese herb roule

Chenin Blanc⇒ Triple Cream, swiss, gruyere

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Triple Cream

Moscato/ Muscadet⇒ aged cheddar, gorgonzola

Riesling (sweet) ⇒ creamy blue cheese

Red Wine:

Light body:

Gamay ⇒ Munster, swiss, gruyere

Pinot Noir ⇒ Mahon or manchego

Medium Body:

Cabernet sauvignon ⇒  sharp cheddar , Havarti

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Sharp/aged cheddar

Merlot ⇒ gouda

Zinfandal ⇒  pepper jack, smoked cheeses

Heavy body:

Malbec ⇒ spiced cheese, aged manchego

Syrah/Shiraz ⇒ truffle cheese, asiago, parmesan

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Truffle cheese and Mahon

 

What else do I buy?

The ultimate match made in heaven is cheese and fresh grapes. It’s a good idea to have bunches of grapes around for any cheese platter. As for other wingmen, try fruit jams, honey, and lots of different crackers. Heating up cheeses like for baked brie is guaranteed to please. You may even want to make two.

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If you still have no idea or can’t track down some of the cheeses we listed, trust the quick note above! Simply pick a cheese that can handle the intensity of the wine. Mild cheeses will taste like nothing next to a strong wine.

Good luck and get cheesy!

 

 

A Broke Girl’s Guide to Revamping Cheap Wine

 

Alcohol is expensive, and you can’t always guess if you’ll love a wine or not until after you’ve paid for it and had a glass. And if you’re dedicating your entire splurge fund to this weekend’s bottle, you can’t just dump it out if it’s not the right taste for you. So what do you do with the wine that just doesn’t cut it?

Don’t worry – we got you! Here’s a few cheap tricks to help spice up that free bottle from a friend, or the one with the misleading label, that isn’t a stand up kind of wine.

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Sparklers – Mix me with Soda!

Try grabbing a soda, like Sprite or raspberry ginger-ale and mixing in with your wine. This works great with super acidic wines. Who doesn’t like bubbles?

Mulled wine – Spice it up!

Throw the wine on the stove with spices like cinnamon sticks and cloves and add some orange peels. Next, let is simmer on low for a half hour on the stove to infuse the flavors. Most of us don’t have cinna sticks on hand, so stock up on a cheap bottle of ‘mulling spices’ from the grocery store!

Flavor your Dinner – Throw that wine in a frying pan!

Luckily even bad wine is GREAT for cooking. Leave the bottle out on the counter with a wine stopper and just add it to your pan as you cook dinner that week. Wine sauce works with literally everything. Wine will ‘deglaze’ a pan, which means it prevents things for sticking and makes a sauce out of the meat or veggie juices. Check out some pinterest recipes to get inspiration or get creative and just go for it!

Wine Slushies – Frosé that bad boy.

Grab some ice, fruit, the wine, and a shot or two of harder alcohol. Blend, taste, and adjust the flavor as you like. BOOM: wine slushies. Try some apple cider wine slushies for the fall!

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Make a cocktail!

Buy some flavored nips or use whatever you have lying around and bring your wine to the cocktail lab. It’s fun discovering new drinks while just experimenting in the kitchen with juices, simple syrup, and maybe some fireball?

Bake with it! – wait what?

No really! Pour some red wine into brownie mix or add that white wine to some melting cheese for fondue. The recipes are all over the internet don’t worry!

Frozen Floats – Pop those bubbles

So you may have seen our facebook post about gelato, bubbly mosato, and some strawberries, if you didn’t, go find it because it’s delicious. Go crazy with the combinations! Take the stone dry champagne and sweeten it up with sherbet and fresh fruit!

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Finally, the Classic: Make Sangria

Sangria was literally invented by the Spanish to use old wine and turned into the most famous party drink. Sometimes the classics are the best way to go when all else fails so check out our Sangria 101 post for some beginner tips!

We hope these tips help you to better afford your wineo lifestyle and maybe help you invent the next drink of choice!

 

CHEERS!

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Cinco de Wineo

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

Now we know this holiday is mainly for our tequila lovers and margarita mamas – but we have a few fun ideas to help us wineos get into the party.

DIY Mexican Fiesta

  1. Sangria Margaritas! 

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Courtesy of CHRISTINA LANE at Dessertfortwo.com

Get the recipe here!

2) White Wine Margaritas 

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Recipe from Tammilee at Tammileetips.com

Get it here!

3) Champagne Ritas! 

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Courtesy of Tracey at thekitchenismyplayground.com

Get the recipe here! 

Mayo Munchies!

OKAY in Kristen’s humble opinion EVERY celebration needs some kind of dip so here’s our fav go-to wine munchie dip

 

1) Kristen’s Easy Taco Dip 

1 bar of Philadelphia brand cream cheese

1 can of black pitted olives (cut the olives in half)

1 jar of medium “On the Border Cantina Style” salsa

1 bag of shredded mexican blend cheese

*optional 1 can of refried beans

In a baking dish, spread the cream cheese into an even layer on the bottom of the pan with a spatula. Then simply layer the beans, salsa, cheese and finally olives in that order. Then heat the dip in the over @ 375 F until the cheese melts. GRAB the Tortilla chips because this dip goes FAST

2) Spiced Mexican Brownies! 

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Grab this recipe from Anna at Garnishwithlemon.com

3) Angel Food Cake Churro Bites! 

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Check out the recipe here!

Wineo Tips!

  • Stereotypically Mexican food is known for its kick of spices so to combat that party in your mouth grab a sweet wine! (Wait what?) No really! Sweet wines like Moscato, Late harvest wines, German Riesling, California Roses, Lambrusco, or even Prosecco go GREAT with spicy foods.

 

  • Cheesy and rich foods are also the center of attention at any party. To wipe those flavors off your palate don’t forget that an acidic or tart wine would be your savior! Reach for that Sauv Blanc, pinot gris, or even a young pinot noir!

 

  • Mexico Represent! Jump into the adventure and try some Mexican grown wines with grape varieties like Tempranillo and Nebbiolo! (These grapes are also grown in other countries too) Look for Baja wine country or Guadalupe Valley on the labels. Check out Wine Enthusiast’s article all about the Mexican Wine Revolution!! 

 

Bottoms up wineos!!

 

 

 

 

Winescopes -Pick wine by your sign

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Aquarius

You just got back after an exhausting day at work, and the last thing you need is a night out surrounded by even more obnoxious strangers. You’re independent by nature, and don’t mind the idea of a night-in with Netflix and a tall glass of wine. Try a smooth, soft white that can soothe your nerves after a long day!

We recommend: A Chenin Blanc or Semillon

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Pisces

Perfect combination for a Pisces: a nice venting session with a bottle of sweet, fruity wine! Get together your drinking buds, because you’ll want to share your stories and bottles tonight. We recommend fellow water signs, Scorpio and Cancer, for your drinking company. 

We recommend: A sweet red from a local vineyard, or a fruity Zinfandel 

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Aries

You need a wine to match your feisty spirit! You don’t have time for pale whites and sweet reds. You need a bold and bright wine that can hold its own against your spicy personality! Bring in friends with equal gusto, like Leo and Sagittarius, and get your drink on!

We recommend: A Cabernet Sauvignon or a Malbec

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Taurus

You’re not about the wines with the fanciest labels and highest awards. You just want a good, affordable wine that gets the job done. Find a common brand wine in your favorite varietal, and stick to that; there’s no shame in keeping it simple!

We recommend: Common, affordable (yet tasty!) brands like Robert Mondavi. Perhaps a Gamay or a Pinot Gris.

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Gemini

We know what you’re thinking. We’re going to tell you to go for a Merlot/Cab Sav blend to encapsulate the image of the twins. But we know you better than that, Gemini! What you need is a soft wine with a light flavor to please your pallet. The last thing you need is a complicated wine that will confuse your taste buds!

We recommend: A fresh, chilled New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or classic Pinot Noir

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Cancer

Cancer, we know you don’t want to go out and slam back the cocktails tonight. It’s time to settle in to your favorite spot on the couch, pull up a cozy blanket, and sip your favorite red. You’ll do best with a warm, comforting red or – if you’re feeling adventurous – a sweet white wine. If you want to be social, we’d recommend sticking with your fellow water signs (Pisces and Scorpio). They’ll be up to your relaxing night in!

We recommend: An Argentinian Merlot or an Italian Moscato

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Leo

You’re bubbling with personality, so your wine should, too! Embrace your desire for charm and pzazz, and go for that bubbly wine! If we know you as well as we think we do, then you won’t want to be drinking alone. Invite your friends Aries and Sagittarius to share that bubbly or, if you’re looking something that’ll give you that warm and fuzzy feeling you love, a nice spicy red!

We recommend: A Prosecco or South African Shiraz

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Virgo

You don’t want your wines to mess around. You want direct labels that tell you what your wine is about – extra points if it’s organic or local! Keep it in your budget, and stick to the fresh, earthy and crisp wines.

We recommend: A nice Sauvignon Blanc or an oaked Chardonnay

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Libra

You love the outdoors, and you want your wine to respect that. Why not check out the organic wines section of your local specialty grocer? If you’re not looking for anything fancy, stick to the sweet, gentle wines with floral aromas. And don’t forget to invite Gemini and Aquarius! They’ll be your perfect drinking buddies.

We recommend: Gewurztraminer or German Riesling

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Scorpio

You’re the toughest of the water signs, and so if your pallet! Pisces and Cancer might be sipping the fruity wines, but you should be sure to mix up the night with a bolder wine with intense, rich flavors. Try dark reds, and make sure that the varietal matches the region! You want the best of the best.

We recommend: An English Claret or Australian Shiraz

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Sagittarius

The world is your oyster, so find the pearls of the wine world! Try out wines from countries you don’t associate with wine, or different varietals your drinking friends (Aries and Leo) don’t usually bring to your wine nights.

We recommend: Worldly unique wines like Austrian Gruner Veltliner or Portuguese Tempranillo.

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Capricorn

You’re in charge of picking out a wine for your family dinner, and you always want to please the ones you love! Keep it strong and classic, Capricorn: you value tradition, so a French wine or a table wine would work perfectly for you.

We recommend: Classic French GSM blend or the white French Marsanne Blend

 

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8 Reasons to Drink Today

 

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Today Feb. 18th 2016 is National Drink Wine Day!!!

Now run to the nearest liquor store, vineyard, classy wine selling establishment, Whole Foods, or to your secret stash and pop a cork!

There are PLENTY of good reasons to have a glass of wine today. In celebration, in memorium, inside me just because, regardless of whatever reason(s) you choose for today, half-past wants to share a few great reasons with you.

 

1) Wine is HEALTHY for you! (wait whaa?)

NO REALLY. Kristen’s wine class all had to write research papers on the multiple health benefits of wine. Here’s a few fun facts she found.

Wine contains an antioxidant compound called Reservatrol. It’s found in primarily red wine because this compound is found in grape skins. It is a promising compound that has been linked to preventing heart disease, anti-inflammatory effects, anti-viral, and can help prevent cancer. The American Hearth Association still suggests one glass of red wine a day. (Web MD)

Don’t forget the power of Sangria either! Did we mention our friends at Mija?

 

Mija Sangria is GOOD for you and tastes AMAZING even for your friends who aren’t quite into wine yet. Check out the details that we found on the website: “Mija Sangria is packed with antioxidants – 3 times as many as a glass of red wine – from super fruits like pomegranate, açaí and blood orange. ” 

That’s right folks! This healthy and fabulous sangria can be found at Whole Foods and Wegmans so grab it for tonight!

2) CHEERS to YOU today!

Half Past KNOWS that too many of you are running around not taking the time to celebrate yourself. Raise a glass today just for YOU. We bet that you have accomplished more than you think, probably conquered some demons, maybe are in process of getting somewhere great, or even just survived the day. Who cares! Glasses up to all of you. #selflove.

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3) Company is coming…. get the glasses out!

The Half Past ladies are personally having a movie night to celebrate tonight with wine pairing snacks and chocolates. That means company! Who are you with tonight? Chilling with the parents, maybe a significant other, your best friends, working late with some coworkers, you and the dog? If we count correctly that’s more than one person so you OBVIOUSLY need some wine to go around. Spread the love!

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4) Sip away the work day

Wine does a great job at helping us forget about our stressful work day or just a stressful day in general. Grab something smooth or maybe a bubbly to get your mood going in a different direction. You conquered today! Take one from Frozen and LET IT GO.

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5) Get your game up!

So sometimes a glass or two gives you that confidence you didn’t have 5 minutes ago. That’s fine. We all need a little push to help us talk to that cutie at the other end of the bar. Or maybe you just want some help being a little more like yourself (you know that person you are inside)  Raise ’em up! Go get them!

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6) Can’t stop on the clock!

Okay maybe you are a normal person who does have the time to let loose on a Thursday. Which is most people anyways. At least multitask? Work it and celebrate at the same time! One glass won’t stop your work flow especially when you drink it slow. So break time is wine time. Grab a glass to keep you sane for the rest of day.

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7) Wine pairs well with everything.. literally.

We don’t care what you are eating or doing tonight for plans. We know there’s a wine that pairs well with it. Check out our post about pairing wine with comfort foods … or with food in general….  As proof that wine goes will with everything, here’s a wine that obviously paired well with Beyonce

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 8) No mixers or chasers required.

You need to have a glass tonight to celebrate the fact that wine is ready to drink straight out the bottle. No juice chasers or margarita mixes needed here which means you save money!  Instead of wasting money on juices, coconut cremes, sodas, or little Hawaiian umbrellas, you can save that cash to buy another wonderful bottle of wine. Wine that’s beautiful on it own needs to be tasted. SOON.parttumblr_nj04o19xCw1ql5yr7o1_500

So party hard, winos, whatever your occasion!

 

 

Pair my wine! The Newbie’s Guide to Food Pairing

If we may quote the great Kevin Zraly here, “There’s only one rule when it comes to matching wine and food: the best wine to pair with your meal is whatever you like. No matter what!”

Wine has a couple functions when it comes to food pairings:

  1. To enhance the flavor of the food that you are eating
  2. To cleanse your palate in between bites or after a flavorful course
  3. To automatically increase your perceived “classiness” at the next dinner party you go to (don’t act like you don’t feel like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s when you pick up that glass)

If you know what wine you like, then go for it! If you need a little help picking out a wine to go with a meal for other people (for whom you DON’T know their wine preferences), here are some basic pairing rules and guidelines.

Cut the Cream

Remember that acidic and crisp wines (usually white) like a German Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot gris (grigio), and some Gewurtztraminers can cut through heavy rich/fatty and creamy dishes. They help cleanse the palate from cheeses and heavy starch dishes. Grab that white wine that makes you pucker for that alfredo sauce pasta pairing! *p.s. bubbles are great palate cleansers too, try a bubbly!**

Don’t Bore Me

If you have a very flavorful meal like spicy Indian dishes, paella, Mediterranean lamb dishes, goulash, or even your Chipotle burrito make sure to pair it with an equally expressive wine. A simple, thin, and soft wine will come up flat compared to the meal. It will taste like watered down grape juice and bore your guests (plus you). Try to stick to full-bodied wines like Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Barolo. Get some spicy red Zinfandel to dance with your Mexican feast.

Red loves Red

The darker the meat, the darker the wine. Trying to pair your favorite Moscato with that juicy sirloin isn’t really going to work unless your palate is trained to taste Moscato no matter what you eat. However, as a general rule, lighter proteins like fish, chicken, beans, shellfish, and veal pair best with a range of white wines. Darker proteins like duck, steak, pork, lamb, and any game meats like venison and rabbit go with red wines.

Houston, we have a problem

Like most things in life, there is an exception to every rule. Some foods can successfully pair with White and Red at the same time. These crossover foods are duck, salmon, tuna, and roasted chicken. These foods pair well with “crossover wines.” These are wines with similar body that help white wine drinkers switch to red and vice versa.

Chardonnay = Pinot Noir

This is probably the most famous crossover pairing. If you like one then you are likely to enjoy the other (only after finding the right producer and vintage for you, of course).

Saucy is Bossy

Don’t fall for that menu trick where you see swordfish and you’re like “oh yay, so now I need a glass of white wine” then you read the fine print and the fish is blackened with jerk seasonings smothered in a Jamaican spice sauce. Think again my friends. Order a glass of light red wine instead. The sauces are the bosses! Forget the protein! If the seasonings are strong then so is the wine.

Opposites Attract

We’ve heard that sweet and spicy are a match made in heaven. Wanna try it out? Next time you are feeling spicy foods try pairing it with a sweet California rose, a sugary Moscato, or a White Zinfandel. Let us know what happens!

The Comfort Zone – Safe Picks

So what if you have absolutely no idea after all of these tips? RELAX Kevin Zraly has got you covered. This experienced wine expert has a list of safe picks that go well with “virtually any dish.”

  1. Rose wines
  2. White Zinfandel
  3. Sparkling wines/Champagne
  4. German Riesling
  5. Pinot Grigio
  6. Sauvignon Blanc/Fume Blanc
  7. Chianti Classico
  8. Merlot
  9. Pinot Noir

I still need help! SOS!

Don’t worry! We have trusted references to share.

Pick up a copy of Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World complete wine coursebook. It will teach you everything you need to know about wine EVER.

Is that too intense? Try the amazingly user-friendly book – Wine Folly: the essential guide to wine OR use their website to search any information that you need fast. This is Kristen’s personal favorite wine blog out there!

Need a dummy’s guide to wine? That actually exists! 

Don’t worry we promise it’s easier than you think.

Cheers!

Stay tuned for a more posts about pairing wines with dessert and with specific cheeses!

Hallo-Wine: Costumes, Flavors, and Decorations

While nothing says fall like a pumpkin ale, there are plenty of ways for wine lovers to celebrate Halloween, too!  Whether it’s your costume, your flavor, or your party, we have ideas to add your favorite drink into the seasonal occasion.

HALLOWEEN PARTY DECOR

1. The Pumpkin Cooler

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Why cool your wine in a traditional cooler when you can put your bottles in a pumpkin? This Pinterest user has the step-by-step instructions on how to carve your pumpkin, fit a protective bowl inside (we don’t want pumpkin guts on our ice!), and fill it with ice before planting a few bottles inside.

2. Decorated Bottles

Why settle for a plain label when you could spruce yours up, Halloween-style? If you love crafts, these decorated bottles are sure to thrill your guests or – if you’re headed to another house – thrill your hosts. Check out the instructions at these crafty articles.

HALLOWEEN WINE FLAVORS

1. Sangria, sangria, sangria!

We made a post in the past about great autumnal wine flavors, with plenty of sangria recipes to satisfy any fall craving! From apple to pear, from pumpkin to pomegranate, these wine mixes are sure to please you and your friends’ pallates on the 31st!

2. Pick your bottles wisely!

There are plenty of wines with spooky, funky, or Halloween-themed labels. For instance, East Coast locals will recognize wine brands based around the Salem Witch Trials:

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But even fantastical or eerie bottles could work as well:

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Even if you can’t find your perfect bottle, you can print your own spooky labels and decorate your bottle for the holiday!

3. Impress your guests with candy/wine pairings!

Who says you can’t have your candy with a glass of wine? If you pair your snacks with your sips, you can balance the flavors and avoid a sickeningly sweet sugar rush. Check out this graph (which can be found full-scale here) for your perfect Halloween pairings!

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HALLOWEEN WINE COSTUMES

Who said you’re too old to indulge in a bit of holiday dress-up? And who said your costume can’t revolve around your love for wine? We certainly didn’t, and here are some funny ideas to consider when picking your Halloween attire!

1. You can literally dress as your favorite wine

Why not just cut to the chase and just own your favorite brand? Smack on a cork hat and wear your favorite label with pride. Better yet, get your friends to dress as their favorite varietals within any given brand, like this group below!

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We even have a pic of Lady Gaga representing our favorite grapes:

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2. Or, you could be a bit less literal

This couple basically agreed that if they were to have a child, it would be wine:

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3. Or you can wear your own costume and just sneak as many wine puns in as possible

We think Zooey Dechanel as an oenophile kitten is pretty hilarious:

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Themed Wines and Bizarre Bottles

We know our advice to you all last time was to never buy a wine based on its bottle alone. However, we want to give credit to the producers who really try to rope in consumers with creative themes or wacky bottles. They definitely keep wine shopping fun!

The sheer amount of planning and work that goes into original bottles and themed wines is no joke. We would like this post to be dedicated to wines that really go above in beyond in creativity.

Cat Lore

Our feline friends are a famous German Reisling produced by Moselland. Their webpage explains the cat-bottle lore:

According to legend, three wine merchants came to the town of Zell (in Germany) to buy wine. They were about to sample out of a barrel when a black cat suddenly jumped on it, arched its back, and swiped its paw at anyone who approached it. The wine merchants chose the barrel guarded by the cat thinking it held the best wine.

Zeller Schwarze Katz wine sold so well that wines from this vineyard in Zell have maintained the name since. But Moselland was the first and only winery to actually market their wine in a black, cat shaped bottle! Now there are many colors, finishes for holidays, and a special pink bottle to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Research.”

Does She look familiar?

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Japan’s original Hello Kitty has her own wine collection. Don’t be fooled however, this is fine quality wine produced by the Italian Torti “Tenimenti Castelrotto” family. This wine is specially from the Lombardy Region in the Oltrepo Pavese area. Hello Kitty isn’t messing around here.

 

 

 

Real Wine for Real Bitches

Excuse you?!

This wine is a famous juicy Grenache from South Australia. We’re sure you’ve seen it in wine stores all over or at your best friend’s house. “R Wines” is also labeled as one of world’s most gifted wine makers. They are very proud of their wine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where Dreams Come True

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Did Disney just call? This creative wine branding IS actually sold on Walt Disney World Property (I was there and I can prove it) However, the wine is produced by Faraway Vineyards in Sonoma, CA. So pop in Cinderella for a taste of their “Lost Slipper Sauvignon Blanc.” We are not sure as to the quality of this wine so I bought two bottles to figure it out 🙂 Expect a new post on that soon!

What Happened Last Night?

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OOPS! Some mistakes were meant to happen.” This wine brand produced in Chile advertises bottles like “Voluptuous Beauty,” “Cheeky Little White,” and “Bodacious Blonde.” The vineyard has a history of accomplished owners along with a catchy brand name. Did you have any Oops moments with this wine?

 

 

Can’t Smash This

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Wanna Share? Stack Wines promotes that these shatterproof CA wine cups are the best way to party in style. Currently they only sell 4 varieties: Chardonnay, Red blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Grigio. If any of you try these we definitely want a review.

 

 

 

Blinded by Science

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Educated Guess produced by Roots Run Deep Winery depicts the wine formulas of the chemical reactions that take place in the wine making process. They even have a PDF on their website that explains the formulas. This Cabernet Sauvignon will take you to school and change your palates life.

Flip It

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Now these Flip Top bottles really caught our eye in the stores. No need for the standard wine key here!

Bledsoe Family wine (left 2 pictures) is from the famous football player Drew Bledsoe’s Doubleback Winery. Though there famous “Doubleback” wine is far more expensive, the Bledsoe family wine is a slightly cheaper option. This red blend sells at Whole Foods for $49.99

Now Mija Sangria  is produced by 90+ cellars. To produced a sangria that is HEALTHY for you. May we repeat HEALTHY!!! Everyone knows red wine is packed with antioxidants to promote long life but this wine claims it has 3 times the antioxidants of your typical red wine. Packed with superfruits like acai, pomegranates, and blood oranges and reaching a 9.5 ABV this wine is ready to make a difference!

Do you even pair bro?

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House Wine brings you these two varietals of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon for your tasting pleasure. They made it incredibly simple for new Wineos to pair. Pick up with “Fish House” for your seafood and probably poultry needs and “Steak House” for that sultry steak in your life. Thank you House Wines for making dinner with the in-laws a little bit simpler.

 

 

Fishing for the Best Wine

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Finally we have the fabulous fish bottle. Brought to us by Opici Wines, this white wine blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Trebbiano, and Verdicchio is an import from Italy. Originating from the Marche region, this bottle is a tradition that is centuries old. Obviously, we recommend serving this with seafood (and so does the vineyard). Let us know if this fish lives up to its reputation!

 

 

Thank you for reading about our fun bottle findings! If you find any funky bottles with fabulous wine let us know!

Stay Sipping!