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Wine Scene: Halloween wine can be scary delicious

Halloween is here. It’s time to don your long-anticipated, carefully crafted costume for this year’s epic extravaganza. But what will you take to accompany your glorious attire?

This is not the night to dig into your temperature-controlled wine locker. This is for fun. After all, you may be outfitted in an uncomfortable body suit and tall heels, accented with makeup in an attempt to impersonate a favorite science fiction star, political pundit or pop culture icon.

Following are a few recommendations for procuring or creating the perfect vinous beverage for this year’s Halloween-a-Palooza.

Let’s get creepy with this first wine, 2017 Sinister Hand, Yakima Valley. This medium bodied wine produced by Owen Roe has soft tannins and a silky-smooth finish. The story of the label fits perfectly with the season. Be sure to ask if you visit the tasting room. This wine is on special for your Halloween haunting; contact the tasting room to learn more.

Who doesn’t love a little sparkle to celebrate any occasion? Treveri Cellars creates sparkly bottles for holidays and special occasions. Get your hands on a Halloween-themed bottle of NV Treveri Cellars Blanc de Blancs. In addition to being beautiful, these wines are smooth, crisp and incredibly festive.

Gilbert Cellars is offering a “Creepy Case” special this week only in the tasting room. The case includes a selection of the winery’s fall favorites for $200. Hurry, sale ends on Halloween night.

Two other spooky Washington state wines that are certain to satisfy your ghoulish groove are 2017 Prayers of Sinners, a syrah-merlot blend creating a broody red wine wrapped in a label displaying a skeleton partially clothed in a suit; and 2016 Velvet Devil Merlot, an easy-drinking merlot that fits into the seasonal theme with a devil’s fork prominently placed on the front label. These wines are available at Wray’s Thriftway on 56th Avenue in Yakima and at Rosauers grocery stores.

Also, who says your wine has to pour directly from the bottle? A spooky concoction of these bloodthirsty wine recipes can be the perfect accent to the last day of October.

Mummified Mulled Wine

1 bottle of red wine (merlot, cabernet sauvignon, whatever you like)

1 lemon, peeled and sliced

1 orange, peeled and sliced

2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground nutmeg

3 cinnamon sticks

5 cloves, whole

2/3 cup cognac or brandy

1/2 cup honey or sugar

1/2 cup water

Combine all of the ingredients in a slow cooker and slowly warm them for about 25 minutes, stirring every 5-10 minutes. Ladle the wine into decorative glasses or add your personal “spooky” accents for a festive beverage. If you have a larger gathering, modify the recipe to accommodate.

Ghouling Sangria

Another fun recipe for spook night is a Ghouling Sangria. This make-ahead concoction is festive, and it allows you to enjoy your own party without having to worry about serving complicated drinks. It is also very versatile, as you can easily change up the ingredients.

2 bottles of red wine

4 cups club soda or ginger ale

Variety of fruit (grapes, peaches, oranges), peeled and cut

1/4 cup sugar

Splash of grenadine for color

Gummy bugs, gummy worms, and candy eyes

Ice

Mix the wine, fruit, and sugar, and chill in the fridge overnight. Just before serving, add the soda, syrup, ice and spooky candy.

Barbara Glover is executive director of Wine Yakima Valley, an industry group representing member wineries.

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