Are you headed to a Halloween party this weekend? Or are you going to need a way to wind down after the craziness that is trick-or-treating? Either way, Halloween wine from Elk Creek will fit the bill!
Aren’t those bottles fun? I love them! And the wine is good too. I am not a wine expert by any stretch of the imagination (most of the wine I drink has a twist-off lid), but I do like wine and I love a good excuse to drink it. Last Saturday I had just that – one of my very closest friends came down to visit from Michigan, and she and I tried out the Bone Dry Red cabernet and the Ghostly White sweet mellow white (it had to be done for the sake of the blog, you know!). It had been ages…years… since we’d had the opportunity to just sit and talk, and with a couple bottles of wine added to the mix, it was a great night!
I really liked the cabernet and the sweet white wine. I’m not a chardonnay fan, and my resident chardonnay expert is currently pregnant, so I can’t vouch for it personally, but I really liked the others. The cab goes great with Donato’s pizza! (Yes we are super klassy, I know).
Here’s the official word on each kind of wine, according to wine blogger Michelle Lentz:
* My favorite wine of the bunch is the chardonnay. It’s lightly oaked and seemed to evoke bobbing for apples with some hints of citrus thrown in for good measure. It was barrel-fermented in French oak. I discovered, quite by accident, that it pairs excellently with kettle corn! Serve chilled.
* As for the Cabernet, I think it goes best with turkey and cranberry sauce. I did this as a turkey sandwich with cranberry dressing, but you get the idea. Again, I recommend serving it slightly chilled. The official tasting notes read “rich, well-oaked Cabernet Sauvignon brimming with fancy ripe black currant, roasted coffee bean and bitter dark chocolate flavors; all are framed in suave tannins.”
* The third wine is a combination of French American hybrid grapes, Vidal and Cayuga. It’s a sweeter and fruitier wine, so I chose to drink it on its own. Like the others, I recommend chilling the wine.
You know what else I like about this wine? It is made locally! Elk Creek Winery is in Kentucky, kind of in between Cincinnati, Louisville and Lexington. Who knew they made stuff other than bourbon down there?
So pick some up before Saturday – I may have to go get some more… after Jenny and I (and our husbands) take our kids trick-or-treating, I am going to need some down time! I bet I could even talk Jenny into a glass after that experience
The wines are available in coffin displays (is that awesome or what?) at the winery and Elk Creek stores, including Florence Mall, Rupp Arena, Fayette Mall, and the Mall at St. Matthews. The wines are also available at Kentucky Kroger Liquor stores, Party Town, Party Source, and Jungle Jim’s. If you just want to try a glass, you can find them at Outback Steakhouse and Montgomery Inn in Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky.