Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.
Here’s the way I see it with Halloween wines. There are plenty of wines out there that are propelled by some sort of marketing gimmick - Dracula’s favorite Transylvanian Zinfandel, 2012 Mr. Bones's Bug Juice - but there are also some wines that more organically have a spooky Halloween vibe to them.
Here are a few possibilities that would be appropriate served out of black glasses in a Haunted House, and that also actually taste good.
2009 Charles Smith Velvet Devil Merlot ($13)
2009 Edmunds St. John Bone-Jolly Gamay ($17)
2008 Bogle Phantom ($20)
2010 Owen Roe Sinister Hand ($24)
Fantôme Saison ($16 for 22 oz.)
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