Wines to Scream About

A new technology trend has been set in the world of wine- “Living Wine Labels”.  There’s an app for that- oh yeah.  In this bustling day and age, we use our phones for everything from scoring concert tickets, playing games, or to send for a car and driver.  I wonder if there is an app that could dispense doggie cookies for me? Because now there is even an app for your phone that can make your wine label talk!


So in keeping with the scary Halloween tradition this October, we decided to look into the wines from Living Wine Labels.  The cover creatures come alive when you place your phone in front of the label (after you’ve downloaded the app, of course). Referred to as “Augmented Reality” the app has been downloaded over 1.2 million times, and the viral videos have been shared over 20 million times.   Social media and talking wine labels are something to check out. If you are a fan of the series the Walking Dead, you can try The Walking Dead Blood Red Blend, and Walking Dead Cabernet Sauvignon –not only do the zombie like creatures come alive and interact with one another, the wines are good too. These California wines are produced under Treasury Wine Estates.  The Blood Red, a wine to sink your teeth into, notes of ripe raspberry, cranberry and cherry flesh out structured tannins. The blend is 10% Malbec, 40% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petite Verdot, and spends 10 months in French oak.  I give it three bones!  The Cabernet Sauvignon has flavors of dark fruit that pool on the palate, giving way to notes of mocha and spice.  I give it two bones!!


Another Living Label wine series we carry here at Ed’s is 19 Crimes these are fairly easy to drink wines out of Australia.  In the late 1700’s, prisoners from England were punished by transportation (a less than fun boat ride  and then exile) and were banished to Australia.  These tough criminals helped form the country of Australia, where the wine is made. 19 Crimes “The Banished” is a brooding red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, with flavors of dark fruit and chocolate.  I give it 3 bones!


If phones and apps are not your thing for wine drinking, we offer Owen Roe’s Sinister Hand to keep with the Halloween theme. This Yakima Valley, Washington State blend of 63% Grenache, 16% Syrah, 16% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault comes from the famous winemaker as a Rhone style blend from Pacific Northwest fruit. Black pepper, clove, strawberries and juniper on the nose, with boysenberry, chocolate and green peppercorns on the palate.  I give it three bones!


Some scarier wine from South America- Skeleton Wines Malbec is also available for your Halloween pleasure. This wine from Argentina shows aromas of violet, plum and dark fruit, with blackberry jam, vibrant acidity and a long finish. I give it two bones!


And no Halloween is complete without the mention of our favorite here at Ed’s, Bogle Phantom –hauntingly good this red blend is no illusion! This year’s Bogle Phantom is a blend of 42% Petite Sirah, 34% Zinfandel, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10%% Merlot from California. Six generations of the Bogle family have farmed these grapes sourced  in the Clarksville region.  I give it three bones!


Since I don’t have an app for treats, please feel free to stop in and give me a pat and a dog cookie this Halloween. Have a safe and happy one!


 By Brunello Giancola as told to CRBrown