Pumpkin carving for wine lovers

Halloween is this weekend and instead of giving WineCollective members our list of “Spooky” wines to drink, we wanted to share a neat-o idea for serving wine at your party. You’ll need: a large pumpkin, a bowl, ice and WINE!


To make a pumpkin wine cooler, you’ll need to first purchase a rather large pumpkin. At home, clean off any access dirt or grime and then, completely cut off the top portion of the pumpkin. Be careful!


Next, remove all of the ooey-gooey insides and seeds, completely clearing out the pumpkin. Grab a large bowl and fit it inside – not mandatory but mainly in case of leakage.

You can then fill the pumpkin/bowl or both with ice and which ever wines you wish to serve! For candy enthusiasts, we recommend a sweet white, like Moscato or Riesling or a dry Sauvignon Blanc or Albarino! Chocolate lovers should stick to Gamay, Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon, depending on the richness of chocolate!

Get creative!

If you want to spruce up your pumpkin cooler, we have some recommendations.

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1. Forget the straight line. Cut your pumpkin top off with jagged ridges, or teeth!

2. Cut individual holes. A little more work, but great for beer or smaller bottles.

3. Decorate the pumpkins exterior for a glamorous or creepy effect.

4. Make a drunk pumpkin! You have a wine cooler anyway…


Happy Halloween!