I don’t expect to find many wines made exclusively for Halloween. It’s just not a holiday I associate with lots of wine drinking and finding a nice meal to pair it with.
But a so much has changed. Any excuse to incorporate alcohol and food into a holiday, celebration, event, festival, you name it, will involve those aforementioned entities. And that usually is a good thing, as long as it’s done responsibility and with civility. Well, Halloween is not often associated with civility, but with more people enjoying wine and all its nuances, it’s to be expected that winemakers are going to jump on board anything that makes them stand out and be noticed. Be unique or be ignored.
Fat Bastard Wines did everything to stand out and not make people want to see what their Bloody Red Blend is all about. And they made it look effortless. While I did have something planned to write about for tonight, those plans changed when I walked into my local wine shoppe and saw a Halloween display in the front of the store, with several wines with Halloween themes and charming labels.
The Bloody Red Blend is not even featured on their website, unless you go into the tech sheets (and you can find that here), because for timing reasons, it’s limited edition, and I can see this disappearing rather quickly, as in November.
Until today (as of this writing) I had no idea this wine existed, and I’m so grateful to have found it. One of the main reasons I love wine, is for those winemakers that don’t take themselves too seriously. With a company named Fat Bastard, and their ever so charming labels, and affordable prices (I always see their wines at $10 or less at retailers), and accessible information, it’s what makes you want to come back more and stay away from the pretentious. And their wines taste like they’re under $10, so they’re taking ownership in all areas.
The Bloody Red Blend is a mix Grenache, Syrah, and Merlot. And when you think French wines, you think lots of Grenache. And that’s what you taste here. But if you’re looking for any serious information after that, you need to look elsewhere. Their synopsis on the winemaking process is one of the most hilariously brilliant things I’ve read on the back of a wine label (and in these notes). This is art and I’m in love with this wine before I even twist off the cap.
I’ve had plenty of their wines for all different types of occasions. It’s a everyday wine for everyday things. You want it with nothing, with food, with friends, with nobody, then these are just the wines you want.
And the Bloody Red Blend continues that tradition. If you’re going to be celebrating Halloween this weekend and next week, this is a welcome addition to any party. Just for the randomness and uniqueness about it is going to draw eyes to this bottle. It tastes like a blend, and it’s easy to sip. And as we begin to talk about the holidays more and more, these are the wines you’re going to want. These are not the best wines you will ever drink, nor do the claim to me, and I would sense they don’t need to be.
This is a fun wine in the tradition of how Fat Bastard presents itself. I get a kick out of typing that out by the way…
Some of the suggest food pairings are burgers, fried chicken, and pumpkin pie. I wish I paired this with pumpkin pie, but something tells me we’re just being made fun of. And I like it this way.
I paired with what turned out to be a much spookier looking meal than I intended. Perhaps it’s fitting, but I had some chunks of sauteed pork with every vegetable known to man. I purposely got this meal because after Halloween I suspect the meals will start to get heartier and much more unhealthy. As much as I love the name, I don’t want to be a fat bastard myself.
But if you’re into something humorous and doesn’t take itself too seriously, the Bloody Red Blend just might be what you’re looking for…
My wine glass adds some more charm just when you couldn’t think get any more.
Fat Bastard is one of the more standard labels which are easy to find all over the place, so it shouldn’t be hard. Here is the link to find their wines are a store near you.
Here is their lovely list of wines and story, and their contact info.
I wish you a safe and Happy Halloween.