Oct 30, 2017
Halloween is, by far, our favorite holiday so this year we're
reviewing fun traditions from around the world and matching wines
with them. From the blood of Jupiter to drinking wine from a skull,
we've got a spooktacular tradition for you to adopt!
Here are the 7 traditions we cover and the wines to match:
- SAMHAIN: IRELAND AND SCOTLAND
- Ireland is the birthplace of modern Halloween.
- Origins were in Celtic and Pagan rituals and a festival called
Samhain or Samhuinn (end of the light half of the year)
- DRINKS: Scotch, Irish whiskey, Chilean wine – the most
popular wine type in Ireland
- DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS: MEXICO
- From November 1 to November 2, Mexico and parts of Latin
America celebrate Día de los Muertos, which combines Aztec rituals
with Catholic ones.
- Offerings are left for weary ghosts. For the souls of
children, families leave out toys and candy, adults get shots of
mezcal and cigarettes!
- DRINKS: Mezcal or Mexican wine from Valle de
Guadalupe or Spanish wine to honor the roots of Mexico drunk out of
a skull, the symbol of Dia de los Muertos
- KAWASAKI HALLOWEEN PARADE: JAPAN
- At the end of every October for the past 21 years, there is
the Kawasaki Halloween Parade. It's huge and
elaborate: In 2016 more than 130,000
- DRINKS: SAKE, Champagne/Cremant
- PANGANGALULUWA: THE PHILIPPINES
- On night of All Saints’ Day – November 1st -- children go door
to door, often in costumes, to ask for prayers for those in
- DRINKS: Tropical fruit, rice, sugar cane and coffee
make "wine" in the Philippines, so so something with big American
oak that has coconut flavors– Rioja or Zin in American oak will
- THE HUNGRY GHOST FESTIVAL: Hong
- The hungry ghost festival is a month or two earlier than
Halloween but has similar traditions! Chinese people make
efforts to appease restless ghosts, and feed their own
ancestors. Food and drink are left out to sate the appetite of
the hungry ghosts.
- DRINKS: French wine, since it’s the most popular
wine type imported into China. Either Bordeaux or Burgundy,
especially the 2015s which have been exceptional!
- OGNISSANTI: Italy (called I Santi on 11/1 and I Morti
- Halloween is becoming more popular in Italy but many still
celebrate All Saint’s Day. Italians visit the graves of loved ones
who have passed, place a red candle in the window at sunset, and
set a place at the table for those spirits they hope will
- Every year the Catholic Church reminds people that Halloween is
a “heathen tradition” but it's still becoming more mainstream!
- Halloween-y wines: Aglianico del Vulture, anything from
Sangiovese (blood of Jupiter),
- ALL SAINTS' DAY AND ALL SOULS' DAY:
- Similar to all Christians, on this day Germans honor the lives
of the saints who died for their Catholic beliefs, as well as the
souls of dead family members.
- But they have an added tradition: hiding their kitchen knives
so that returning spirits won't be accidentally harmed (or use the
knives to harm the living)...Hear M.C. Ice's theory on this
one in the 'cast!
- Halloween-y wines: Walk a knife’s edge with high acid
Rheingau Riesling or emulate blood with Apätburgunder from