What we’re drinking: Vampire Vineyard’s Trueblood Pinot Noir.
What it tastes like: Perfectly respectable pinot noir for everyday drinking, despite its kitschy name. Fruity and smooth, this Cali wine was aged in French oak barrels and skews noticeably sweet rather than smoky.
Pair it with: Whatever they’re serving at the Halloween party. You bought this one for the “Trueblood” label, so don’t try to get too fancy, OK? That said, it’s an especially easy-drinking bottle of the notoriously versatile wine.
Don’t pair it with: Fangs. Take it from us, there is absolutely no way to negotiate a wine glass around those babies, and it will get harder to resist trying as the night goes on.
More tricks and treats
Vampyre Red Vodka is essentially just vodka with red dye, but we’ll bite. The ruby liquid looks great in the gothic bottle, making it the perfect hostess gift to tote along for the girl who will be cleaning fake blood out of her couch for months.