• Loretto Leary

Awesome Labels For Halloween


Hey, it's Halloween! We are all home this year. So why not make your table spookily delicious with these awesome drinks with labels to suit the Halloween theme. Read tasting notes, reviews, and the history of each of these labels.

🌑A full moon always makes us think of Harvest and Werewolves...and a full moon!

EvaLuna 2018

Sansonina

$16.99


Evaluna (Eve + Moon) evokes the passion and long practice in the vineyard sites of Lake Garda by the Zenato family.


🍷Tasting Notes

Silty/morainic soils with the presence of clay are well-suited soils for Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Sandy soil elevates aromatics and creates softer wines, showing less tannin. The presence of clay allows a balancing act to sand, offering higher extract and color. Vinifying in stainless allows for the fresh red fruits to emerge together with peppery characteristics of the Cabernet duo.


🍽Food Pairing

The fresh profile and moderate tannins offer immediate drinkability. With food, reach for a porchetta sandwich, roasted chicken, or game birds such as quail. Hard cheeses with age are an ideal exploration with the wine.

El Espolon Tequila

100% Pure Agave

1 Liter $28.99


We love that label and also the tequila inside the bottle.


🦴Espolòn, at its heart, is a tribute to Mexican culture. Our artwork, like our tequila, borrows from the past and gives it a modern twist. Each label tells a story from Mexico’s rich history. Each captures a different moment, but all pay tribute to one true hero – José Guadalupe Posada.


Posada was a 19th-century artist and printmaker, a real pioneer, and a bit of a rebel. His most famous work, the calavera (skulls), made powerful commentary on the social injustices of his time. With his sharp wit and clever hand, he gave his people a voice and gave the art world a style that continues to influence pop culture today.

Ben Marco Expresivo 2016

$31.99


Not scary; it is just a close-up B/W of a vine. The price isn't scary either for such an award-winning wine.


🍇Winemaker Notes

Gualtallary is well-known for its chalky alluvial soils, which allow adequate water drainage. The result in BenMarco Expresivo is a wine with deep, bright ruby color. It has chalk, earthy, floral, peppercorn tree fruit notes. It is a vertical wine with ultra-fine grained tannins, long after taste, and great aging potential.

Pair with grilled meats, veal, medium-strong cheeses, and spicy sauces.

Blend: 75% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Franc


🏆Critical Acclaim


🍷96 Points

James Suckling

This really builds on the nose with notes of pure blackcurrants, iodine, ink, graphite, crushed stones, flint, morello-cherry essence, and licorice. The fresh purity of the fruit that permeates the entire palate is what makes this wine. The tannins are so compact and dialed-in, framing tons of violet and lavender flavors and carrying them long on the finish—75% malbec and 25% cabernet franc. Drink in 2022.


🍷93 Points

Wine Enthusiast

Blackberry and black currant aromas are not overtly oaky despite there being a touch of smoke to the nose. A flush, lush palate is pulpy and cut by lemony oak, while this tastes largely of blackberry, cassis, and plum. Nuance and complexity are not highly prominent on this fruit-forward blend of 75% Malbec and 25% Cabernet Franc.


🍷93 Points

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


There is great purity in the 2016 BenMarco Expresivo. It's floral, ethereal, fresh, and complex, and it's still very young and lively in a way that I really like. This year the blend is 75% Malbec and 25% Cabernet Franc, with all the wild herbs and flowers from Gualtallary. It has a vibrant palate, with the varieties nicely integrated and complementing each other.


🍷92 Points

Wilfred Wong of Wine.com

I have enjoyed the BenMarco wines for nearly two decades. The 2016 Expresivo Red Blend is a delicious blend of 75% Malbec and 25% Cabernet Franc. This wine is, as its name implies, "expressive." Its aromas and flavors of lively black fruit and attractive dried earth stay generous on the wine's palate. Pair it with oven-baked short ribs and have a great time.


El Enemigo Cabernet Franc 2016

$23.99

🥊🥊El Enemigo translates as the enemy. Nodding to the fact that at the end of any journey, most remember only one battle — the one fought within (the original enemy).


🍇Winemaker Notes

This Cabernet Franc is ruby red in color with soft violet tones. The nose has intense aromas and concentrated notes of cassis, ripe currants, and sweet spices, including black pepper and cloves. His tenure provides integrated oak notes of cedar and vanilla. Fresh impact and excellent structure on the palate, reminiscent of ripe red fruits with hints of eucalyptus and tagged black pepper. This wine has an excellent balance and elegance with a well-structured, persistent finish.

Pair this Cabernet Franc with grilled game meats.

Blend: 92% Cabernet Franc, 8% Malbec

Critical Acclaim

🍷92 Points

James Suckling

A soft and velvety red with reserve and precision. Medium body, medium tannins, and a flavorful finish. Delicious and focused.

El Enemigo Malbec 2017

$23.99

🍇Winemaker Notes

Rich and concentrated, it offers aromas of black fruit, cherry, and dark berry fruit on the nose, followed in the palate by a full-bodied wine with flavors of spice, blackberry, black cherry, pepper, and a slight floral character. The finish is elegant and lengthy.

Pair this wine with rodizio, Lyonnaise sauces, grilled steaks, and barbecued ribs.

Critical Acclaim

🍷92 Points

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2017 El Enemigo Malbec has 10% Cabernet Franc and fermented with 50% full clusters and indigenous yeasts, then matured in oak foudres for 15 months. The oak is perfectly integrated into the fruit, and the wine comes through as floral and fruit-driven, elegant, with moderate ripeness, focused and clean flavors, and very round tannins. It's long and tasty. Rating: 92+

🍷92 Points

James Suckling

Love the blackberry, flower, and orange-peel character. Medium body, creamy tannins, and a flavorful finish. This is real malbec. Total whole-berry fermentation gives this freshness and brightness—tension to the very friendly fruit at the end.

🍷91 Points

Wine & Spirits

Adrianna Catena joined forces with Alejandro Vigil, the head winemaker at Catena Zapata, to create this label in 2009. Their goal was to meld modern winemaking techniques with older traditions, like fermenting with ambient yeasts in cement tanks, as they did for a portion of this wine. The brightness and verve of the blend lasts past the smoke of the oak and brings a sense of freshness to the blackberry flavors. It’s modern but balanced, especially if there’s a double-cut pork chop on hand.


How could we not include The Count?

🧛‍♂️ Buena Vista The Count

Red Blend 2017

$17.99

The winery’s colorful founder Agoston Haraszthy, The Count of Buena Vista, pioneered premium winemaking in California. A tireless and passionate devotee of California wine, The Count imported hundreds of premium vines from Europe, dug Sonoma’s first wine caves, introduced innovative viticulture techniques, and wrote the first treatise on California wine. Buena Vista Winery honors his legacy, bold vision, and commitment to excellence through this red wine.

🍇Winemaker Notes

Dark fruit flavors envelop the palate and are heightened by cinnamon and vanilla. This is a well-balanced wine with great structure and good acidity – making it the perfect companion with a variety of dishes. We suggest trying it alongside pasta al pomodoro.

Blend: 45% Zinfandel, 26% Merlot, 10% Syrah

A girl with blue hair reaching out towards you. Scarily beautiful! But no emoji.

Intrinsic Wine Co.

2017 Red Blend

$17.99

The inspiration behind the INTRINSIC label came from urban culture and the similarities between street art and winemaking. Both are reflective of the environment around it and are a collaboration between artist and landscape.

🍇Winemaker Notes

This wine opens with refined notes of raspberry, white tea leaves, a hint of fresh mint, and lavender. The flavors are layered with milk chocolate, fig reduction, dark plum, and licorice root, and the texture is angular, yet sophisticated, with chocolate ganache details in the finish.

Pair with beef sliders, citrus-marinated pork sandwiches, beef and pork meatballs in a chipotle sauce

Critical Acclaim

🍷93 Points

James Suckling

Each variety is fermented on the other’s skins in a twist of technique. The swagger here is palpable, and the deep dark berries are laced with flowers and delivered in pure, unadulterated form. So good! A blend of 51% Malbec and 49% cabernet franc.

🍷89 Points

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

With the hints of dark black and blue fruits at its core, the 2017 Red Blend is open and accessible now, with smooth and fruity aromas compounded by scents of wet concrete and a soft smokiness in the glass. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is pleasing and refined on the palate—and it comes at a fantastic price. The wine ends with a lingering, food-friendly tannic expression on the finish. This delivers a lot of pleasure for a small price.

It's called the Phantom, and the trees look like skeletons. Need we say more.


🦇Bogle Phantom 2017

Red Blend

$21.99


🍇Winemaker Notes

Intriguing, beguiling…this mysterious apparition of ripe berry and relentless spice returns to haunt wine lovers. Enveloped in shadow, this wine’s intensity and concentration will entice you with every sip. Full-bodied and jammy, Phantom’s origins of Petite Sirah and Zinfandel emerge from the glass. Spicy pepper and juniper tantalize your senses, while black plums and blueberries emerge on the palate. Notes of pipe tobacco and clove settle around the finish, long and lingering, like the Delta fog.

Blend: 51.5% Petite Sirah, 48.5% Zinfandel


👻Because there is a skeleton's hand on the label, and it is called Ghost. That's why.

Ghost Tequila Blanco Spicy

$24.99

Discover what happens when a 100% agave tequila meets the exotic flavor of bhut jolokia peppers in this perfectly balanced blend of clean heat. The subtle spice intoxicates your senses, then disappears without a trace after seconds for an exceptionally smooth experience that keeps you coming back for more.

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