In plenty of vampire lore the description of a vampire tasting blood is similar to a mortal drinking wine. There is a fine bouquet that you find alluring — that first enchanting sip that rolls over your tongue whetting your appetite and the sensual experience of discovering the fusion of fruits, spices and exotic flavors.
It is an activity that needs to be savoured and relished. It takes a mature, evolved palate to really understand the intricacies of imbibing a glass of delectable wine. So it makes sense that true excellence would be produced by creatures that have been around for centuries, the vampires.
I discovered Vampire wine over a decade ago. Ever since then, whenever I have the opportunity to travel, I scour the liquor stores looking for this beloved, luscious, ambrosial liquid. Of course the packaging appeals to my gothic senses and I think the bottles are precious keepsakes, but that is not why I love to drink it. It is the best wine I have ever tasted but — no wonder — they have been making wine for ages. They are bound to do it perfectly.
Michael Machat, founder of Vampire wine, revealed to me that in 1985 while he was driving through the Nevada desert in the dark hours of the morning, he met a vampire when he stopped to fill up his car with gas. They chose him to introduce their concept to the mortal world. He has been their slave ever since.
The very first production was bottled in France in 1988. It was a syrah that was made from dark-skinned Algerian grapes which is used to produce powerful, red wines. The first 500 bottles were sold to Alice Cooper and his UK Record Company, MCA Records. The Vampire Vineyards now include a large range of wines; Vampire wines, Dracula wines, Chateau du Vampire wines and their newest edition to the bloodthirsty family, Trueblood Wines. Vampire wines are now available in 45 states within the U.S., two provinces in Canada, the UK and Sweden. It has also been sold in Australia, Japan, Romania, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Germany, Czech and Romania.
Vampire wine comes from special vineyards. The grapes that are used for making the wines are separate from the grapes that go into all other wines. The Vineyards are located in secret places in California and, unfortunately, you have to have immortal vision to see them.
Vampire wine is available in the following varieties: merlot, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot grigio and white zinfandel. Dracula is available in a syrah, zinfandel and pinot noir. The Dracula wines spend more time in oak barrels than the Vampire wines and generally are more complex. Chateau du Vampire was an experiment put together by some of their secret winemakers. It is a blend of three wines made from three different grape varietals: cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and malbec. It is made in the bordeaux style and has the most oak of all their wines. Trueblood wines are the most complex of all their fine wines. They are presently available in cabernet, syrah and pinot noir. Their most popular wines are the Vampire Chardonnay for white and the Vampire Merlot for red.