Just in time for Halloween partying, comes some scary wines from down under; more specifically Clare Valley, Australia. The Misfit Wine Company is by all accounts well named as many of their wines have an off-the-wall label and a unique blend of grapes. The website for Vine Street Imports handles these wines and many others; some with equally bizarre labels. One should keep in mind that the Aussies do enjoy their outrageous wine labels.
The 2008 Brujeria is a blend of Tempranillo, Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon and done up in a non-tradition manner, but typical of the approach of this South Australia company. They claim one can become a Brujo after indulging in this brew, which in Spain refers to a sorcerer or black arts magician.
El Amor Brujo (Love, the sorcerer) by Manuel de Falla would be an interesting piece of music to play with this wine. It was originally a chamber music piece, then a symphonic suite and finally, a ballet containing the famous Ritual Fire Dance. Of course if their claim is valid, one might not want to stimulate an invocation by playing it while sipping the wine.
The 2011 Golem Riesling from the Adelaide Hills comes from old and gnarly dry-farmed vines that offer an intriguing mix of flavors with echoes of lemon thyme and anise over green apple on the nose and classic melon and pear flavors on the palate and good minerality from the sandy loam and shale soils the vines grow in.
There have been three movies titled “The Golem”; the two by Paul Wegener (1915, 1920) are the most well known. The Golem is a massive creature created from clay with the mission of helping the Jews of Prague. Although the creature and the film are slow-moving, a few glasses of this Riesling and no one will care.
The 2010 Cycle Buff Beauty, on the other hand, tends more toward Pulp Fiction than a Universal Horror film. A blend of Shiraz and Malbec with dark fruit, cherry pit and smoky essences, one might be tempted to run a festival of biker films while sampling this beauty.
The Brujeria and Golem wines and other Halloween-themed wines are available for tasting at Quarters Westside wine shop at 3700 Ellison NW, Albuquerque. The tasting will be held Saturday, October 27 between 2pm and 4pm. However, wearing a Halloween costume is optional. The Westside shop offers tastings every Saturday with special tastings during the week. Signing up for their email announcements is highly recommended.