If your wedding date falls squarely at the end of October, it’s hard to resist the temptation of sneaking a little Halloween inspiration onto your design board. Whether it’s the subtle addition of white pumpkins or masquerade masks on the dance floor, or a more eerie scheme with deep colors and dripping candles lining the tables, it’s a fun way to give a nod to the season and make your wedding even more memorable. And we say, if you’re going to go with an actual theme for your wedding, you should really embrace it! That means tucking Halloween-inspired details everywhere you look—including on the bar. We’ve got four fall wines (with perfectly creepy names!) to serve at your wedding table, from rich blood-red to chillingly crisp. Cheers!
Ravenswood Besieged 2014
Even the backstory of this Sonoma County winery is a little bit spooky. Winemaker Joel Peterson was out in the vineyard alone, picking grapes for his debut wine as a rainstorm rolled in and ravens circled above—lending their name to his winery and image to the label. Besieged is a blend of Petite Sirah, Carignane, Zinfandel, Syrah, Alicante Bouschet, and Barbera, giving it a dark, rich, and full flavor and mouthfeel. Notes of blackberry, black cherry, and baking spices are smooth and perfect for fall, while a full body and firm tannins add a bit of bite.
The Prisoner Wine Company Blindfold 2015
This California white takes notes from France, pairing Chardonnay grapes with varieties typical of the Rhône Valley, including Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, and Chenin Blanc. The grapes are sourced from across California, giving the wine an intriguing and complex character. Aromas of lychee, citrus, vanilla, and peach tart give Blindfold a fresh, orchard quality, while the clean flavors of juicy citrus and butterscotch taste like the perfect adult Halloween treat. Aging the wine in French and Hungarian oak barrels adds a comforting richness to each sip. The blindfolded prisoner on the label is something you wouldn’t want to stumble upon during a walk in the woods.
Ravage Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Known for their dark, decadent flavors (hello, fall!), the Ravage cabernet is mysteriously complex. It’s a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Syrah, resulting in concentrated flavors with cozy, seasonal notes of dark berries, vanilla, and mocha. Soft tannins and a smooth mouthfeel (thanks to aging in French oak barrels) make this blend just the thing to sip as the weather cools off. Jousting knights on the label give this wine a timely Game of Thrones vibe.
SAVED Red Blend 2014
Inspired by famed Brooklyn tattoo artist Scott Campbell (and named after his must-visit shop on Union Avenue), SAVED Wines are all about artistic expression and pursuing your passions. The combination of Malbec, Syrah, Merlot, Grenache, Zinfandel, Petit Verdot, and Souzão packs a punch. You’ll find aromas that would fit perfectly on a fall table: dark plum, cocoa, spice, smoke, and coconut. Take a sip and enjoy the flavors of pomegranate, baking spices, and black cherry, followed by hints of cocoa and vanilla. It sounds more like the perfect fall wedding cake flavors than a wine, but bright acidity keeps those rich flavors drinkable and seamless. And that artwork on the label? Well, a little hint of the occult never hurt anyone, right?