Bloody red wines that are sure to be a Halloween treat

Red wines are perfect if you are looking to find something that will help you get into that spooky Halloween spirit and theme.

~ By Andrea Pollock

Red wines are perfect if you are looking to find something that will help you get into that spooky Halloween spirit and theme.

Red wine soaked lips also look pretty ferocious with a vampire costume. If you are out choosing some wines to serve at your Halloween party think about red wines that will appear thick and heavy in the glass, something with that slightly blue hue that is reminiscent of blood. To get that bloody effect, look for rich Australian Shiraz or California Zinfandel; want to find something Canadian? Why not get an Ontario Baco Noir.

Many, many years ago the Mediterranean winemaking countries would fine their wines with pigs or cows blood. It is still very possible to find wines made like this today, although the use of blood as a fining agent is prohibited by some countries like the United States and France. Today most wines are fined using bentonite; a silica clay that can remove suspended materials in the wine giving it a better appearance. Eggs and milk have also been used as fining agents in old world winemaking.

To fine a wine using blood, it would be poured onto the top of a large vat of wine. Imagine you had a cup filled partway to the top with olive oil; if you were to add water to that glass, the water would sink to the bottom and the oil would rise to the top. The pigs blood would do much the same thing to the wine and would also catch a bunch of the impurities and filter them out of the wine. The suspended particles being filtered out by the blood can come from many things including the grape skins, the barrel and even the spent yeast cells. The result is a wine that is cosmetically improved and ready to be siphoned off the top.

My selections this week are wines that will taste good, but also be the perfect Halloween showcase wines to give you that rich, bloody effect at your table:

Kitfox Vineyards Foxy Red Blend 2005 – [California]

A pretty red colour invited you in to take a whiff filled with heavy red berry fruit, a little anise and some nice warm fruity pepper. Nice flavours that start off with some pleasant and gentle berry fruit, followed but dry, peppery tannins. 83/100 (July 18th, 2011)

Bird in Hand – Two in the Bush Merlot Cabernet – [Australia]

Nice, roasty bbq notes on the nose with blackberries and cool menthol. Very smooth flavours that leave a dry finish. A mouth full of warm berries, anise and mild oak. 86/100 (Sep. 20, 2011)

Just Posted

RTI donates $138,500 for robotics in the school district

Ridley Terminals funds coding and robotic education in Prince Rupert classrooms

13 per cent increase in Indigenous high school completion

School District 52 saw a steady increase in high school graduates for the 2016/2017 school year

Roy & Rosemary bring the sounds of Hollywood to Prince Rupert

The piano and violin duo perform at the Lester Centre with Cody Karey

Second reported cougar sighting near Conrad

Conservation officer said sightings in Prince Rupert not uncommon

Money does grow on trees

Sharon and Malcolm Sampson won the 2018 money tree from Cook’s Jewellers

This Week Episode 68

From inside the Northern View office in Prince Rupert we bring you all the news headlines

Carriers wanted for the Northern View

We have open routes for carriers all over Prince Rupert

Las Vegas shooter acted alone, exact motive still undetermined: Sheriff

Stephen Paddock was behind the gunfire that killed 58 people including two Canadians

Botox, bomb shelters, and the blues: one year into Trump presidency

A look into life in Washington since Trump’s inauguration

Christopher Garnier appealing murder conviction in death of off-duty cop

Jury found Garnier guilty in December, rejecting his claim she died accidentally during rough sex

Transportation watchdog must revisit air passenger obesity complaint

Canadian Transportation Agency must take new look at Gabor Lukacs’ complaint against Delta Air Lines

Gas plants verdict coming down today; ex-premier’s top aides to learn fate

Verdict to be delivered on senior staff to former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty

WestJet appeals lost bid to scrap harassment lawsuit

Airline argues judge was wrong to have dismissed the company’s application to strike the legal action

Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here’s how

Secretary of homeland security explains a new policy that let’s border guards check phones

Most Read