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It’s A Haunted Halloween in Wine Country

Livermore’s wine country is filled with treats for this month of Jack o’ Lanterns and masked mischief. Here are some of the ghoulish happenings about the Tri-Valley.

Big White House Winery/John Evan Cellars will take 13% off purchases on Halloween day, if you visit in costume. Watch John Evan, and Cellar Master, Jessica, slaving over bubbling cauldrons, making wine.

Don your costume, grab a picnic and head to Charles R Vineyards for some “Hallo-Wine” fun and Spooktacular Sips on Saturday, October 31, from 11:30 – 4:30pm. Challenge yourself to their blind tasting. Can you tell “Which Wine is WITCH?”

Nobody haunts like Concannon, and this year, from October 29 – 31, there are three ways to be utterly terrified: “Haunted Halloween Wine Walks,” “Trolley to Terror” rides with candy and wine that take you to Pirates of Emerson and “Love at First Bite,” with ghoulishly good pairings in the bone-chilling wine library. Dare ye enter?

Concannon Halloween Pairings

Concannon Halloween Pairings

 Eagle Ridge offers “Penny for a Pumpkin:” with each wine purchase, pick a pumpkin for just 1 cent.

Las Positas Vineyards holds their Halloween wine club release party, Friday October 30, 6-9 pm.  Sip 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon with Vampire blood tomato soup and Muenster sandwiches. Monstrously good! On Halloween, anyone in costume receives 2 for 1 reserve flight tastings.

McGrail Vineyards hosts a “Ghostly Ghoul for Wine-O’s,”
Friday, October 30, 
7-11PM, with DJ Bobby’s Jams and costume contest.  Food for purchase by Smokin’ Hot Meats and Treats. $35/person
$30/club members, includes one complimentary glass of Sangria.  Try pairing a Snickers Bar with their Cabernet.

Celebrate Halloween, October 31, 6:00-9:00 pm, at the Murrieta’s Well Masquerade. Four-course dinner in the barrel room, followed by dancing. $75 club/$90 non-club.

 Page Mill holds their annual Library Wine Sale and Halloween party on Oct. 30, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., with costume contest.

Rodrigue Molyneaux bids you to come in costume to their “Halloween Howling Good Time,”
and take 10 percent off select bottles. Dip, if you dare, into their Secret Witches Brew, and guess the number of candy corns in a wine bottle.

Retzlaff celebrates Halloween early, on Wine Wednesday, October 28, with a costume contest, Andy’s Candy and Wine Time.

Ruby Hill welcomes Halloween on Friday, October 30, from 6 – 9 pm, in the Tasting Room, with dinner, a glass of wine, music & dancing. Costume prizes. Try the 2012 Reserve Petite Sirah with a Milky Way Midnight Dark Chocolate Bar, or the 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon with Dark Chocolate Three Musketeers. Must be 21 or over; no children. General Public, $40; Gem Society Club Members, $35.

Wente Vineyards’ Estate Winery & Tasting Room on Tesla Road will screen “Beetlejuice” on October 23, 8pm, outdoors. Get in the monster mash mood!

By Laura Ness