Some people get psychotically amped about Christmas, other people freak out for Easter but for me the best holiday that ever was or ever will be is Halloween. This may or may not have something to do with my family´s over the top celebrations, when our suburban home became a haunted mansion with aliens, mad scientists, dead bodies and monsters. If you could make it through our gauntlet we were very generous with the candy (only the best candy) and so a good time was had, more or less, by all.
Halloween can be scary, funny, campy, ridiculously over the top or all of the above and it is the only holiday that invites us to be as outrageous as our hearts desire. This is no slight to Carnival, which does have it over Halloween as a multiple day celebration, but I like my outrageousness and costumes mixed with blood and at least a hint a of terror a la “The Mask of the Red Death”. Also wine. Especially red wine. Wine and blood are inextricably linked, from the Roman Catholic Church to vampires, once we left the realm of the literal we entered the realm of the metaphysical where blood was transmuted into wine. Talk about an improvement, let’s face it not all blood is equally delicious and blood sacrifice was unsanitary, not to mention unethical? Also depending on the grape variety and the temperature you can get something close enough as to not be able to tell the difference. While both are pretty messy, one gets you tipsy and the other doesn´t although it may give you superhuman strength.
So let’s raise a glass of full bodied, bloody red wine to Halloween and take our moment to embrace all things macabre, mysterious, bloody, funny, weird or just plain terrifying. And come join me this Saturday 28 October at Opalo Gastropub for a four wine and tapas tasting with tarot! 20-21:30, 15€.
Space is limited, to sign up please call Opalo Gastropub, 910 578 880.
For more on the wine blood connection check out my post Blood and Wine.