Fright night is soon upon us so cast your popcorn aside and raise a toast to Halloween with a glass of wine and a scary movie.
Now this is wine pairing with a difference – we’ve matched the following frightening films with a bottle for your wine collection.
Silence of the Lambs – A nice Chianti
Based on the novel by Thomas Harris, this 1991 killer thriller from Jonathan Demme features arguably the most well-known cannibal in history: Hannibal Lecter.
Choosing a wine pairing for this film is simple, as fine food expert Lecter shares his preference in a famous line of dialogue.
“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”
Picking the right Chianti became even easier when the US cinema chain Alamo Drafthouse released their film-inspired wine list including the Cannibal Chianti in honour of Dr Lecter.
The Shining – RedRum
While Jack Nicholson’s cry of “Here’s Johnny!” may be the most famous quote in this Kubrick classic based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, it’s difficult to avoid the shivers as little Danny croaks “redrum… redrum” at his mother’s bedside.
Make your own redrum treat at home with this simple red wine and rum sangria recipe.
Grab a thinly sliced lemon, lime and orange, a cup and a half of rum, half a cup of white sugar, one cup of orange juice and bottle of dry red wine from your wine cellar.
Make sure all the liquid ingredients are well chilled, then mix everything together in a large glass pitcher and leave to develop in the refrigerator for about two hours.
Se7en – “What’s in the box?”
This movie, directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, is possibly most famous for its ending. Pitt’s character, Detective Mills, is delivered a package with grizzly contents.
As he begs his partner to tell him “what’s in the box”, you can be enjoying the film with a nice, ‘heady’ boxed wine.
Interview with the Chateau Du Vampire
Vampires are long-serving movie villains, but in Interview with the Vampire by Neil Jordan, you get to see both sides of the story.
While experiencing what life would be like with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt as vampires, you could find yourself craving something warm, red and bloodlike.
Fortunately the Chateau Du Vampire, a Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles in California, is the next best thing. This dark ruby Cabernet has an aroma of cherries, vanilla and coffee.
Sleepy Hollow – Headless Red
This flick presents an alternative look at the classic Headless Horseman legend. A little bit scary and a little bit fun, Sleepy Hollow is directed by Tim Burton and stars Johnny Depp and creepy scream queen Christina Ricci.
For this film, try a bottle of Headless Red from Ash Hollow in Washington.
Headless red is a “sinfully delicious” blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Malbec grapes.
Jaws – One of each
Steven Spielberg directed this killer shark flick that gave millions of Americans a reason to be scared of the beach.
Picking one particular scene, Richard Dreyfuss’s character, Matt Hooper, revealed himself to be a bit of a wine buff when he turns up to a dinner party with a bottle of both red and white wine and says: “I didn’t know what you were serving.”
Additionally, wine enthusiasts may also enjoy knowing that the location Jaws was filmed in is a little island in Massachusetts called Martha’s Vineyard.
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