halloweenHalloween enthusiasts love tricks or treats – especially when they’re bottled.

Here are a few great trick bottlings:

A Halloween staple is the Poizin brand encased in a wooden coffin. It’s produced by Healdsburg’s Armida Winery and it has a great sense of humor. Uncorking this brand has become a fall rite of passage. (Wine notes below.)

The Francis Ford Coppola’s Claret gets a Halloween nod because of this tutorial which gives the bottling a clever costume:

Diamond Collection Claret : DIY Halloween Tutorial from Marlow Daniel on Vimeo.


Another fun label on the market is the Hob Nob, 2012 Wicked Red Blend, 13.5 percent, $12. The tall bottle has spooky skulls on the front label.

Finally, the spirited at Jordan Winery, who produce first-rate cabernet sauvignon, have created a fun end-of-harvest video worth perusing this time of year. While it’s not Halloween-centric per se, it is full of seasonal shenanigans.

“Cab Wars: The Force of Harvest Awakens.”

View on YouTube:


As for the bottlings mentioned, here are my wine notes:

The Poizin, 2013 Zinfandel has plum and bing cherry fruit with spice seething through it. Notes of anise and black pepper. Good length. (14.5 percent, $25) Expect to pay more for the wooden coffin. You bet. A good laugh will cost you.

The Hob Nob, 2012 Wicked Red Blend, 13.5 percent, $12. It’s approachable zin with trumped up black fruit with a spicy finish. It’s not complex but it’s a good quaffer.

The Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection, 2013 Claret Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.5 percent, $21. This claret is weighted to red fruit – raspberry and cherry – with great notes of tobacco and vanilla in the mix.

Have fun and be sure to uncork your tricks or treats this season.