Saturday, October 23, 2010

Hallo-wines (& Design)

Need a little something spooky to serve at your Halloween party? Just want to get a little festive this week?  There's an entire crop of wines available for your dark, drinking pleasure.


I originally saw Vampire wine at The Fresh Market a couple weeks ago and thought, here they go, trying to capitalize on the Twilight/True Blood/Vampire Diaries phenomenon happening.   These kinds of things are great for Halloween kitsch, but never end up tasting very good.  So imagine my surprise when I get an email that Wine & Design  in Tremont is having a Halloween themed wine tasting.


If you haven't been here before, it's a great little shop on Starkweather before you get to St. Theodosius.  One of the owners, Greg, is an interior designer and the shop is filled to the brim with art, furniture, accessories, gifts and WINE.  They have a great moderately priced selection and are always on hand with a good recommendation.  Once a month (or so), they have wine tastings ranging from $5-10 for 3-5 wines
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Here's what we tried:
Vampire Chardonnay (Napa) a classic Chardonnay with a crisp apple flavor with hints of vanilla $12.99
Buzzard Tree Zinfandel (Paso Robles) a deceivingly light to medium bodied Zin that packs a spicy peppery finish $15.99
Howling Moon Old Vine Syrah (Lodi)  this one all the men loved,with hints of leather, spice and cedar $14.99
Dracula Syrah (Paso Robles) a hearty wine with hints of cherry and chocolate $17.99
Rook (Columbia Valley, WA) merlot/syrah/cab blend. wonderfully rich and smooth with hints of coffee $14.99


So surprised I was, since all of these were quite enjoyable. 
I ended up coming home with the Rook and a bottle of Prosecco (of course!)







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