Classic Horror Movie Wine Pairings

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Let’s face it: you’re now too old for candy.

So instead eating sweets, sip along with one of these classic flicks and get your heart pulsing this Halloween. Submitted for your approval: Scary good horror movie wine pairings to consume in-between all your candy dispensing.


Classic Horror Movie Wine Pairings


Carrie – Aglianico del Vulture

It’s a little shy, a little awkward compared to other well-known wine regions. But trust us, this Aglianico del Vulture is bigger and badder than everyone’s favorite cheerleader. (Better watch yourself Barolo.)


The Silence of the Lambs – Chianti

Perfect if you’re having friends for dinner, we mean, over for dinner. (What’d we say?) Pairs better with pizza than liver and fava beans, in our humble opinion.


Shaun of the Dead – Wine, Any

Like Shaun, maybe you’re trying to be more refined. Don’t get us wrong, a beer with your best friend is hard to beat. Maybe all you need is a nudge in the right direction…

  • Friulano – For pale ale and IPA fans.

  • Etna Rosso – For lovers of porters, stouts and barleywines.

  • Gavi – For wheat and saison enthusiasts.

  • Nero d'Avola – If you like it fruity and tart.


Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me – Amarone della Valpolicella

Such an engaging and bizarre show deserves a wine up to the task of following the last seven days of Laura Palmer’s life. What will we learn? Will it taste like coffee and cherry pie? Or are we going somewhere darker than expected? With Amarone, it really depends. May you find something strange and wonderful that leaves you speaking in reverse.


28 Days Later – Prosecco

With a happy ending, you’d think we’d recommend Champagne for celebrating. But as the zombies are A.) extremely fast and therefore, B.) extra scary, you’re going to want something lighter-in-alcohol and refreshing to keep you on your feet, like this Prosecco.


Psycho – Barolo

At first, Psycho was unpretentious, visceral, and satisfying, despite having a limited budget. And yet, it came out iconic, powerful, complex, with an agonizing wait until it reaches perfection. A pure psychological thriller. Something like this calls for Barolo.


The Evil Dead – Primitivo

Relentless, absurd, and completely lacking in subtlety, you’ll need something just as preposterous. Enter big and juicy Primitivo. Try not to have too much fun knocking back glasses as you watch this singular splatterfest.


The Shining Nobile di Montepulciano

Do you have the slightest idea what a moral and ethical principle is? Do you? Because we do. (Occasionally.) Credit for this recommendation goes to sommelier Christopher Sawyer. “And like the classic film: the wine is not only bold and powerful, but age worthy as well!” So well put.


The Babadook – Cannabis

You’ve been warned, The Babadook is too nerve-racking, even for most adults. Recommending more euphoric experiences instead.






Image credits: Maxime Roedel