I love seasonal wines. Not only are they great conversation pieces they also make perfect hostess gifts for parties!
Continuing with my Haunted Halloween wine selections we are heading South of the Border with Vino de los Muertos (wine of the dead) from Southwest Wines.
Vino De Los Muertos is available in two blends: Rojo Dulce a sweet red table wine, and a Blanco Dulce sweet white table wine. Both are deadly delicious and are at their best when chilled before drinking.
The colorful Calavera labels and fun story on the back make them a must-have for the Halloween season.
El Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican celebration where friends and family get together to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of the departed. It is believed that the spirits visit on October 31st and leave on November 2.
Families make altars where they place offerings and food baked in the shapes of skulls and figures.
“It might sound somewhat morbid, but Mexicans react to death with mourning along with happiness and joy. They look at death with the same fear as any other culture, but there is a difference. They reflect their fear by mocking and living alongside death.
Living alongside death means that Mexicans have learned to accept it within their lives. Death is apparent in everyday life. It is in art and even in children’s toys. It is not respected as it is in other cultures. Children play “funeral” with toys that are made to represent coffins and undertakers.
Death is laughed at in its face. Many euphemisms are used for death, La calaca (the skeleton), la pelona (“baldy”), la flaca (“skinny”), and la huesada (“bony”). There are refranes, sayings, and poems that are popular with day of the dead. These sayings are cliches and lose meaning when translated. For example “La muerte es flaca y no puede conmigo” means “Death is skinny/weak and she can’t carry me.” Calaveras (skulls) are decorated with bright colors with the name of the departed inscribed on the head. Children carrying yellow marigolds enjoy the processions to the cemetery. At the cemetery, music is played and dances are made to honor the spirits.
Death is a celebration in Mexico. Death is among them.”- Aracely Hernandez
During the Dia De Los Muertos Celebration loved ones go to the graveyard and decorate the tombstones with flowers, leave tequila for adults and toys for the children who have passed. They also bring foods that were the favorites of the deceased and have a big picnic celebrating the deceased.
In the Mexican culture skulls symbolize both death and rebirth.
Vino De Los Muertos is available at Cost Plus World Market -don’t forget to grab a bottle or two before heading out to Halloween Festivities!
(above from Springs Preserve Day of The Dead Festival)
Want to learn more about El Dia De Los Muertos? The Springs Preserve celebrates this festival every year! On Nov. 2 and 3rd!
“This family-friendly feast for the senses blends rich customs with exciting activities: live theater and dance performances, mariachis, traditional Mexican food, face painting, sugar skull decorating and an art exhibition.
As well, installed across the Preserve are the publicly created altars and catrinas. Attendees can vote on their favorites in three categories, Traditional, Artistic and Nonprofit, and with the input of a panel of community experts, winners will receive cash prizes”