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COMPETITION TIME: Halloween horror wine puns (and you pick the prize!)



(Drink responsibly, even if you’re a ghost)

Good afternoon!

Just a bit of fun, but seeing as Halloween is coming up, we thought we’d repeat our tradition of holding a little Halloween competition. :jack_o_lantern:

Now, we’ve seen in the past how great you all are at puns, so we thought we’d challenge you to come up with your best Halloween horror wine puns - whether they’re puns on scary movies, typical Halloween activities, fearsome figures etc, as long as they have a wine-y twist.

What’s your poi-zin? Chardonaaaarrrrgh. The Cabernet in the Woods.

That sort of thing. Except, you know, good. (Sorry, I’m terrible at puns!)

How to enter

Post your spooktacular wine pun here before midnight on 31st October, 2019
(Alternatively, send us your wine puns via email to community@thewinesociety.com by the same deadline.)

What’s the prize?

We’ll pick a winner based on what the Community team (@martin_brown, @Ewan and I) think is the best, taking into consideration the reactions from you guys too. We’ll notify the winner via DM/email by Friday 1st November.

I also thought it would be fun to let you all nominate what the prize for this competition should be too. So if you’d like to do that, then feel free to post here suggesting a wine prize which is:

  • Currently in stock

  • Up to £25 in value

Ideally giving some kind of personal reason why you’ve chosen this as the wine you think is a great prize. :smiley:

We’ll pick the prize we think has the nicest story/reason behind it.

Looking forward to seeing your best puns!

Full terms and conditions:

Terms and Conditions


The promoter is The International Exhibition Co-operative Wine Society Limited (‘The Wine Society’) a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 (register number 1824R) and whose registered office is at Gunnels Wood Road, Stevenage SG1 2BT.


2.1 The title of the competition is ‘Halloween Horror Wine Puns’

2.2 We are asking for Halloween and horror-based wine puns. Our entry mechanics include posts on The Community’s competition topic and emails to community@thewinesociety.com


3.1 The competition will run from [TIME] on Monday 28th October, 2019 (the “ Opening Date ”) to midnight (12am) on Friday 1st November, 2019 (the “ Closing Date ”) inclusive.

3.2 All competition entries must be received by the Promoter [at the address set out at Condition 1 ] by no later than midnight on the Closing Date. All competition entries received after the Closing Date are automatically disqualified.

3.3 To enter the competition:

(a) Reply to this topic on The Society’s Community by the Closing Date. Only members of The Wine Society can post to The Community, and members who have not already joined The Community will need to sign up at community.thewinesociety.com.

(b) Both members and non-members of The Wine Society can enter by emailing their entry to community@thewinesociety.com by the Closing Date.

3.4 No purchase necessary and there is no charge to register for use of the website.

3.5 The Promoter will not accept:

(a) responsibility for competition entries that are lost, mislaid, damaged or delayed in transit, regardless of cause, including, for example, as a result of any postal failure, equipment failure, technical malfunction, systems, satellite, network, server, computer hardware or software failure of any kind; or

(b) proof of posting or transmission as proof of receipt of entry to the competition.

3.6 By submitting a competition entry, you are agreeing to be bound by these terms and conditions.

3.7 For help with entries, please call Member Services on 01438 741177 OR see thewinesociety.com

3.8 Please see thewinesociety.com for a copy of these competition terms and conditions.

3.9 The competition entries will be judged by a panel of three judges based on their creativity and humour. The decision of the panel of judges (acting reasonably) will be final.

3.10 The Promoter will send the full names of the judges to anyone who writes within [one] month after the Closing Date of the competition requesting details of the judges and who encloses a self-addressed envelope to the address set out in The promoter is: The International Exhibition Co-operative Wine Society Limited (‘The Wine Society’) a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 (register number 1824R) and whose registered office is at Gunnels Wood Road, Stevenage SG1 2BT.


4.1 The competition is only open to all residents in the UK aged 18 years or over, except :

(a) employees of the Promoter or its holding or subsidiary companies;

(b) employees of agents or suppliers of the Promoter or its holding or subsidiary companies, who are professionally connected with the competition or its administration; or

© members of the immediate families or households of (a) and (b) above.

4.2 In entering the competition, you confirm that you are eligible to do so and eligible to claim any prize you may win. The Promoter may require you to provide proof that you are eligible to enter the competition.

4.3 The Promoter will not accept competition entries that are:

(a) automatically generated by computer;

(b) completed by third parties or in bulk;

© illegible, have been altered, reconstructed, forged or tampered with;

(d) photocopies and not originals; or

(e) incomplete.

4.4 There is a limit of one entry to the competition per person. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted and joint submissions are not allowed.

4.5 The Promoter reserves all rights to disqualify you if your conduct is contrary to the spirit or intention of the prize competition.

4.6 Competition entries cannot be returned.


5.1 The prize is a bottle of wine to the value of £25, which will be based on a suggestion from Community members. There is one prize available to be won.

5.2 Prizes are subject to availability. There is no cash alternative for the prize and The Promoter reserves the right to substitute the prize with a prize of equal or greater value.

5.3 The prize is supplied by The Wine Society (The Promoter). The Promoter reserves the right to replace the prize with an alternative prize of equal or higher value if circumstances beyond the Promoter’s control makes it necessary to do so.

5.4 The prize is not negotiable or transferable.

5.5 In order to claim the prize you must respond to our Direct Message or email giving your share number (if applicable) and/or a UK address to which we can send your prize.


6.1 The decision of the judges nominated by the Promoter is final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.

6.2 The Promoter will contact the winner personally as soon as practicable after the Announcement Date, using the telephone number or email address provided with the competition entry

6.3 The Promoter must either publish or make available information that indicates that a valid award took place. To comply with this obligation the Promoter will publish the surname and county of major prize winners OR the Community username of the winner and, if applicable, their winning entries on The Community and/or social media on Friday 1st November, 2019. OR send the surname and county of major prize winners and, if applicable copies of their winning entries, to anyone who emails community@thewinesociety.com or writes to the address set out in [CONDITION 1] (enclosing a self-addressed envelope) within [one] month after the Closing Date of the competition].

6.4 If you object to any or all of your surname, county and winning entry being published or made available, please contact the Promoter via email at community@thewinesociety.com or by phone on 01438 741177. In such circumstances, the Promoter must still provide the information and winning entry to the Advertising Standards Authority on request.


7.1 If you are the winner of the prize, you will have 7 days from the Announcement Date to claim the prize by responding to our Direct Message (on The Community) or email (from community@thewinesociety.com). If you do not claim the prize by this date, your claim will become invalid.]

7.2 The prize may not be claimed by a third party on your behalf.

7.3 The Promoter will make all reasonable efforts to contact the winner. If the winner cannot be contacted or is not available, or has not claimed their prize within 7 days of the Announcement Date, the Promoter reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant selected from the correct entries that were received before the Closing Date.

7.4 The Promoter does not accept any responsibility if you are not able to take up the prize.


Insofar as is permitted by law, the Promoter, its agents or distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize except where it is caused by the negligence of the Promoter, its agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.


9.1 The Promoter does not claim any rights of ownership in your competition entry.

9.2 You agree that the Promoter may, but is not required to, make your entry available on its website [thewinesociety.com] and any other media, whether now known or invented in the future, and in connection with any publicity of the competition.


10.1 Personal data supplied during the course of this promotion will be processed as set out in The Wine Society’s Privacy Notice, which can be found at https://www.thewinesociety.com/privacy-notice . See also Condition 6.3 and Condition 6.4 , with regard to the announcement of winners.


11.1 If there is any reason to believe that there has been a breach of these terms and conditions, the Promoter may, at its sole discretion, reserve the right to exclude you from participating in the competition.

11.2 The Promoter reserves the right to hold void, suspend, cancel, or amend the prize competition where it becomes necessary to do so.

11.3 These terms and conditions shall be governed by English law, and the parties submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.


How many goes can we have?


This suggests one entry, so best plan it well.


Prize suggestion:

As ‘pumpkin’ in Italian is ‘Zucca’.

That’s all I got right now :smile:


Double, double here comes trouble, whisky burn and champagne bubbles


Death stalks the land, in search of your best wines - it’s the Vin Reaper!:scream:


Anyone seen “The Rioja Horror Pitcher Show”?
It’s the story of a traditional couple in a spooky bodega who end up with a jug of something way fruiter than anticipated. By the end of the film everyone feels angria.


Okay so I have two, but can only submit one. So here’s the safe solid one:

What’s a ghosts favourite wine region - Graves! :ghost:

C’mon guys i’ve even put a emoji in and it’s an actual original wine/Halloween joke :wink:

The other is so random/bad it can’t possibly steal anyone’s thunder but I had to share it.

What do you call a ‘holy woman ‘ who’s blood been drained by a vampire. - A Blue Nun!


Ouch, yes, go with the first one :laughing:


My entry will be one of the classic movies…

Carmenere in Elk Cove

A Chile-ing account of the Oregon-al dream slasher. By a director Craven (bull’s) blood.


Oooh naming a director is a good idea. Wish I’d thought of that, I’d have gone with Quentin Hallowino.


What glasses do ghosts drink from at Halloween Weddings? Sham-pain-sorcerors, of course!

And do they have a preferred Wine Region? Yes, it’s the Loire-argh-argh-argh!


Hear about that grape from Alsace that went on holiday to Romania and came back a different variety?

It was a Tran-sylvaner.


What to drink on ‘hallowine’? Ghoulwurztraminer of course!


I am SO IMPRESSED with these puns so far - they’ve all made me laugh!

Hoping for a few more entries before midnight tonight - and also, some more suggestions for the prize wine?!


What about this as a prize… it is bull’s blood after all :slight_smile:


… Or something to ‘cast out the devil’ with, perhaps? :smiling_imp:


What did ladies of the Beaujolais use to cover their modesty when relieving themselves…A Pisse Vieille !!!


It was a dark and stormy cape night; the rain fell in torrontes …


Auntie Clare, Carmen, and Cher enter a haunted cellar. The door slams behind them and mysteriously locks itself. “Carmen ‘ere!” calls Cher. Cher reads an inscription: “By entering here Shiraz the dead and a curse will v-on-ye”.
“Cher don’nay do that, I’ve hurt myself”, wines Clare. “No you haven’t: that’s just sham pain. Anyway how do we get out of here? Can we solve the mystery and claret up? ”asked Carmen sancerrely . “Ah, you found the key Auntie? We can escape and get a nice Cab home and have a Napa”. The End.