Spooktacular Scary Movie and Wine Pairings

Halloween is around the corner, and we are fully in the midst of Spooky Season. It’s getting colder; the leaves are changing color; it’s the perfect time to curl up with a blanket, a glass of wine, turn off all the lights, and scare yourself silly with horror movies. Whether you’re watching scary movies alone (who are you?!), watching them with friends, or preparing for a Halloween party, we’re here to help with these Spooktacular pairings. We’ve paired 20 horror films, some classic and some newer, with wines of the same vintages as the movies' release dates. From vampires and werewolves to ghosts and zombies, all creepy creatures are going to want to try these pairings. Cheers! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1. Dracula (1958) From Dracula to Interview with a Vampire to Twilight, vampires have existed in the spooky (and teenage romance) world seemingly forever and will continue to thrive for years to come. Whatever Dracula adaptation you choose to sink your teeth into this Halloween, you must pop a bottle of a deep, blood-like red. If you’re watching the 1958 film, we recommend a glass of 1958 Cantina Bartolo Mascarello Barolo Nebbiolo . 2. Psycho (1960) “A boy’s best friend is his mother.” This line from one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most well-known films will send chills down your spine. Norman Bates and his mother will have you terrified to take a shower for weeks. Settle into the Bates Motel and share a bottle of 1960 Cockburn's Vintage Port Blend with your mother. 3. Rosemary’s Baby (1968) Based on Ira Levin’s 1967 horror novel, this classic is a staple of the thriller genre. A film that includes psychological suspense, satanic cults, and demon babies, Rosemary’s Baby qualifies as a disturbing film perfect to watch as a group. Grab your friends and hold them close while you sip on a 1968 R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend . 4. The Exorcist (1973) Do you enjoy horror films based on demonic possession? Well, this head-spinning tale of a young girl, her worried mother, two priests and a nasty demon is one you must watch. It’s a Halloween classic that you can’t pass up. Sip on a class of 1973 D'Oliveiras Vintage Madeira Verdelho and prepare yourself for the final scene . 5. The Omen (1976) Rosemary’s Baby all grown up? Not necessarily, but this movie focuses on a small child that is the Antichrist. Can you get any creepier than that? Follow young Damien as his parents learn more and more about their mysterious child. Make sure to have a bottle of 1976 Château Gilette Crème de Tête Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend – a light blend for when the movie gets a little too heavy. 6. Halloween (1978) We’re not talking about the new Halloween remake released in 2018. We’re talking about the original story of Michael Meyers staring a young Jamie Lee Curtis. It’s only fitting to watch one of the most popular scary movies that is appropriately titled and perfect to watch on Halloween itself. We think you should pass around a bottle of 1978 Domaine de Beaurenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend and sit back and count the amount of times Michael should have died but always comes out unscathed. 7. The Shining (1980) "Heeere's Johnny!" If you’re looking for a duo costume this Halloween, a popular option is the twins from this goosebumps raising movie. Or you can grab yourself an axe and go as Johnny himself! Many costumes can be made from this 80s horror. Watch Jack Nicholson be overtaken by the horrific hotel while sipping on a 1980 Fattoria Selvapiana Riserva Chianti Rùfina Sangiovese Blend . 8. Poltergeist (1982) "They’re here." Has anyone seen Carol Anne? Imagine you find out your house is haunted by ghosts from another dimension, but then your daughter disappears into this dimension as well. Join Carol Anne’s parents and the paranormal investigators on the journey to save her with a bottle of 1982 Château Cos d'Estournel Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend . 9. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Talk about a horror movie that makes you especially scared to fall asleep after watching. Eighties teens, Johnny Depp’s film debut, and Freddy Krueger make up this blockbuster hit. We recommend you drink a cup of coffee because you won’t want to sleep after this film, but you should also have a bottle of 1984 Opus One Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend on hand. 10. Night of the Living Dead (1990) We can’t have a list of horror films without the presence of a zombies. This remake of the 1968 film solidifies the idea that the dead don’t always stay dead. We’re not saying you shouldn’t walk around cemeteries at night, but if that’s on your Halloween party agenda, maybe don’t watch this movie beforehand. Share your 1990 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir Blend with the zombies. 11. The Silence of the Lambs (1992) The infamous Hannibal Lector finds himself at the center of this spine-tingling, psychological thriller. Dealing with cannibalism, FBI investigations, and serial killers, what makes this genre of horror so creeptastic is that unlike monster movies or zombie attacks, the line between fantasy and reality is blurred. We think you should drink a lighter wine to combat the darkness of this film. How about a 1992 Domaine Colin-Deléger Les Vergers Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Chardonnay ? 12. Scream (1996) "Do you like scary movies?" If you’re looking for a slasher film that pokes fun at the horror genre with a handful of sequels, Scream is the scary movie for you. For those who want to participate in the spooky fun without being too spooked, grab a glass of 1996 Dom Pérignon P2 Champagne Rosé . Like Scream, there are a few surprises in-store. 13. The Sixth Sense (1999) "I see dead people." Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, The Sixth Sense follows a little boy who can see and speak with the dead, his concerned mother, and a child psychiatrist who tries to understand and help him. This movie combines heartfelt stories with the supernatural and one major plot twist. We think you should enjoy the development of this movie with a Syrah that develops over time, such as the 1999 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas Syrah . 14. The Blair Witch Project (1999) The Blair Witch Project established the “found footage technique” that can be seen later in the Paranormal Activity franchise and the alien film Cloverfield. Follow a group of film students into the woods as they try to uncover the legend of multiple disappearances while they slowly disappear themselves. We think you should sip on a wine that will surely disappear. Maye a 1999 Château Latour Grand Vin de Château Latour Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend . 15. The Ring (2002) The Ring will make you wary to watch any unmarked video tapes you find in your mom’s attic. A remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film, this story follows those who watch a video tape that kills them seven days after watching. After you watch this film, keep an eye out for anything that looks as if it might be crawling out of your television screen. Open a bottle of 2002 Domaine Huet Clos du Bourg Moelleux Vouvray Chenin Blanc that you can drink over a few days while you wait to see your fate. 16. Saw (2004) "Do you want to play a game?" For our viewers who don’t like gore, it’s best that you stay away from the entire Saw franchise. In order to endure the stressful ups and downs and plots twists galore of this disturbing film, we recommend you enjoy a wine just as lively as the movie. Why not try a 2004 Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé Brut Champagne Blend ? 17. The Strangers (2008) And we’re back to another eerily realistic movie that will make you never want to stay in a vacation home ever again. If strangers stalking you in your own home wasn’t enough, add creepy masks to the mix. We think you should pop a bottle that you might have on vacation. Maybe a 2008 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Vintage Brut Champagne Blend – just make sure your vacation is in a highly populated area. Maybe go to the beach. 18. The Conjuring (2013) Based on the lives and stories of Ed and Lorraine Warren, The Conjuring brings back the classic horror plot centered on demonic possession. Flipping between a family being tormented by a demon to the creepy doll of Annabelle, this movie is pact with jump scares. The spirits are making themselves known, so we think you should sip on a wine where the tannins do the same. Grab a bottle of 2013 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Riserva Rancia Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend . 19. Get Out (2017) When meeting the parents goes terribly wrong. In his directorial debut, Jordan Peele transitions from a comedy to horror with Get Out. Peele combines scares with elements of satire to bring attention to the social and racial commentary that is the core of the film. One second you’ll be screaming at your television and the next you’ll be laughing either at a witty comment or the uneasy reality the film depicts. We think you should sip on a 2017 Jean-Claude Lapalu Vieilles Vignes Brouilly Gamay to accompany you on this ride. 20. Hereditary (2018) We started with vampires and we’re ending with hauntings. The last movie on our pairing list follows a family haunted after the death of their grandmother. Without giving the plot away, this eerie film encompasses the supernatural, cults, and family drama. To get you through this last scare, perhaps you should select a bottle of 2018 Vietti Cascinetta Vietti Moscato d'Asti . Once you're done, you can reward yourself with whatever wine you wish for getting through our scary pairings!

Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga

Riserva Rancia Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend 2013

Nose has ripe plum, ripe blackberry, black currant, mashed black cherry, crunchy dry leaves, moist soil and mild cedar notes.

Palate has tart plum, blackberries from a heavily rainy grow season (not concentrated), dried cranberry, dried cherry, leather, touch of cocoa powder and (light) anise/licorice. Tannins are still making themselves known, but not obtrusive.

Young bottle, future bottles may be 2021-23 in hopes of more palate concentration. A lovely producer whose entire lineup is worthy of your attention. A solid wine for the vintage, embrace and be happy.

(Likely better scoring at an 8th or 10th year birthday.)
— 4 years ago

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Anthony De Blasi

Anthony De Blasi

Thanks for the update. I have the same vintage waiting in my cellar!


Belle Epoque Rosé Brut Champagne Blend 2004

Bright red berries, hints of spice, and some flowery notes. Amazing nose that kept you coming back to the glass. Great on its own and with appetizers. LOVE! — 4 years ago

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Cantina Bartolo Mascarello

Barolo Nebbiolo 1958

Absolute perfection 😇 — 6 years ago

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Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

Vintage Brut Champagne Blend 2008

Toasty (bready?) is my main memory of this one. Was happy to try a vintage of my favorite champagne, and this 2008 did not disappoint. — 4 years ago

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Jean-Claude Lapalu

Vieilles Vignes Brouilly Gamay 2017

Dan R

Incredibly bright, super fresh and juicy. Electric. Bojo at its best — 4 years ago

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Domaine de Beaurenard (Paul Coulon et Fils)

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 1978

Wonderfully fresh with a solid raspberry, dark cherry core. Nice acidity still holding the flavors together. Blossomed beautifully after open for 30 minutes. — 5 years ago

Dom Pérignon

P2 Champagne Rosé 1996

From Magnum. Nose of roses, citron, saffron and figs. Palate is dry, a bit acidic, and with spicy citrus. — 6 years ago

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Cascinetta Vietti Moscato d'Asti 2018

This is my favorite moscato yet. Thank you Vietti for being a beautiful winemaker and also making this. If there were white peach jolly ranchers tossed into some grapefruit and Meyer lemon juice and then you dashed in some orange blossom and magically gave it velvet bubbles that’s this. It’s...delicious. You’d think at a mere 5% abv I’d have a cooler word than “delicious” but damn this is. — 4 years ago

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Ellen Clifford

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@Joseph Barsky oooh this is something I need to try!
Severn Goodwin

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@Ellen Clifford It must be autocorrecting based on your recent virgo wine feature article, some of it had me LOL for real. 👍
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@Severn Goodwin haha, you’re likely right! And thank you, happy to hear it made you laugh:)

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 1968

Smokey tea (Lapsang souchong), leather . Crazy color. Vibrant caramel. Still very lively (like me, birth year wine). The acid keeps it super fresh, but it isn’t harsh at all — 5 years ago

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Château Latour

Premier Grand Cru Classé Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1999

Absolutely beautiful, seamless wine. The wine did not need any decanting. On the nose, it had a lovely dirty earthiness with hints of tobacco and cedar. The palate found an incredibly soft wine with a very long finish. Perfect age. — 6 years ago

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