A Taste of Halloween in Wine Country

The idea of handing out treats on Halloween shouldn’t be wasted on children alone. Adults can get into the act in wine country with pumpkin-centric events at several area wineries.trefethencat

Along with passing out candy, Clos Pegase will host a special tasting event in their haunted wine caves where an abbreviated version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet will be presented by an acting troupe. Tickets are $25 for the 1:30-3:30 p.m. event at the Calistoga winery. Look for special Halloween pricing on the estate’s Graveyard Hill cabernet savuignon.

On any visit to Clos Pegase, which is just down the road from picturesque Sterling Vineyards, be sure and take a stroll through the impressive sculpture garden, that is home to some of the  finest pieces of modern art in the collection of winery owners Jan and Mitsuko Shrem.

Down in the Oak Knoll district of Napa, Trefethen Family Vineyards is hosting a special $15 Halloween tasting that includes a tour of the haunted winery.

When not spooking visitors, the folks at Trefethen turn out some pretty tasty wines, including an award-winning chardonnay that stunned the world in 1979 when it won the “Judgment of Paris” and was declared the best white wine in the world.

Shriek Out in Suisun Valley

The folks at Winerhawk Winery near Fairfield will hold a Halloween costume party from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with free pizza and live music from the Caravan of All Stars band. Tasting fee is $5. If you like brawny wines, be sure to try the 2007 petite sirah, a big, blackberry/cherry red wine ($18).

Howling Good Time at Dogtoberfest

Topel Calendar Cover Dog

Topel Calendar Cover Dog

It’s not a Halloween event, but dog-loving wine drinkers can bring their pooches to Topel Winery tasting room in Healdsburg Saturday (Oct. 31) for the second annual Dogtoberfest. The event benefits the Healdsburg Animal Shelter, which will receive profits from the sale of a dog-centric calendar. Tasting is free. The calendar ($20) feature photos of  40 dogs submitted by fans of the winery, which is located in Mendocino.


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