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6 Bloody Good Wines For Halloween

Halloween is an increasingly popular celebration for adults and we have several products to help you with your eerily entertaining needs.

Following are the wine we choose from for your eerily entertaining needs.

Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County by Alta Maria 2014

Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County by Alta Maria 2014

This deep ruby-coloured “monster” of a wine is packed with an intense nose of ripe raspberry, blackberry and cola with some smoke and cedar notes.

Alta Maria is a small, artisan winery focusing on producing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the cold and oceanic Santa Maria Valley appellation in Santa Barbara County. Founded by 9th Generation Californian James Ontiveros, and Winemaker and long-time college friend Paul Wilkins, Alta Maria’s wines are inspired by the old world regions of France and are classic examples of purity, balance and complexity.

Would go great with salmon or other fatty fish, roasted chicken or pasta dishes; bigger, more tannic Pinots are ideal with duck and other game birds, casseroles or, of course, stews like beef bourguignon. 

Quattro by Fontamara 2017

Quattro by Fontamara 2017

The wine is fiendishly delicious. We absolutely love it. Ruby red. ripe cherries and plums, with pleasant notes of cocoa and vanilla. It has a velvety texture, they add a little Primitivo to the Montepulciano for warmth and sweetness.

And we hate say “cheap” when describing a wine. But at that price ($12.95/bottle), what else could you call it? It’s definitely an alarming good value.

Castell d’Encus Mixed Case

In the foothills of the Pyrenees, surrounded by snow top Mountains sits a winery that only a mad man would create.

Raul Bobet, the former top wine maker at Torres, decided to create the Castell d’Encus winery at 1000 meters above sea level! Many thought he was crazy, often losing more than 75% of his crop to frost, snow, or nesting birds.

The result? Crystalline pure wine, you cannot get anywhere else. 

We’re speaking of the Castell d’Encus winery. And today we are featuring a Mixed Case: 3 bottles of 2012 Thalarn + 3 bottles of 2011 Quest.

Castell d'Encus Mixed Case

Primitivo Critera by Schola Sarmenti 2016

Primitivo Critera by Schola Sarmenti 2016

This beauty from Southern Italy is downright delicious and is perfect on a chilly evening. 

This wine is produced from 25 year old bush vines harvested by hand. Despite its youth, this wine really delivers on the palate, bursting with sumptuous dark cherry and blackberry fruit. Rich, round, juicy, and expressive with a silky edged finish.

Adras Mencia Ribeira Sacra by Isaac Fernandez Seleccion 2016

Adras Mencia Ribeira Sacra by Isaac Fernandez Seleccion 2016

The Adras Mencia Ribeira Sacra 2016, by the legendary Isaac Fernandez (winemaker of our top selling Legado del Moncayo) is by far the best deal we have ever come across from this coveted appellation.

This wine offering up entrancing aromas of cassis, pepper, espresso, graphite, a superb base of slate and a top-note of bonfire. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and nicely sappy at the core, with impressive transparency, modest tannins and a long, tangy and complex finish.

7 Fuentes by Suertes de Marques 2016

7 Fuentes by Suertes de Marques 2016

This is some of the most interesting wine in the world. Absolutely fabulous! It takes dedication to make wine this good. I would say this is geek wine, but the wine is so approachable and delicious that it has gone from geek wine to cult wine.

If you had to design perfect grape growing conditions and terroir, the climate on Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands might just be the spot. The islands are volcanic which always makes for great minerality in the wines, the temperature reaches the upper 20’s in the day and gets very cool in the evenings which tends to make for very balanced wines.

Where to find these wine in Canada ?
Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County by Alta Maria 2014

Quattro by Fontamara 2017
Castell d’Encus Mixed Case
Primitivo Critera by Schola Sarmenti 2016
Adras Mencia Ribeira Sacra by Isaac Fernandez Seleccion 2016
7 Fuentes by Suertes de Marques 2016

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