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.
Halloween is definitely scary - if you’ve got kids. They come home, they’ve been trick-or-treating for hours, they’ve been downing candy the whole time, now they want more candy, and what you end up with are some truly maniacal sugar-jacked little demons who are just moments away from overload/exhaustion/complete wailing meltdown. See? Even if you don’t have kids, you’re scared now.
What you need after dealing with a situation like this is a strong drink. You could do bourbon straight, but on the other hand, why not opt for a glass of something appropriately spooky? It’ll rekindle the awareness in you that Halloween is actually pretty fun. Here, a few good choices:
2010 Charles Smith The Velvet Devil Merlot ($12)
2009 Spellbound Cabernet ($16)
2008 Clos du Fees Les Sorcières ($24)
Moorhouse’s Black Cat Dark Ale
Left Coast VooDoo
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