You could be easily forgiven for thinking that Halloween treats were only for the kids calling to your door this evening.
But once the trick or treaters are done, I know I for one will be ready for a nice glass of red wine, and my selectition will almost certainly be one of the delicious but spookily named wines below.
The Dark Side (€13.49) is all about deep blackberry and cassis fruit rounded off with a lick of good fresh oak. Made in Darling, South Africa, cool sea breezes temper the warm sun giving the wine the perfect balance between freshness and ripeness. This is the perfect red wine for matching grilled red meat dishes.
Owned and run by an Irish/Aussie couple in the Languedoc, Domaine la Sarabande produce some stunningly good old world wines but with a modern Oz twang. Incredible value at €16.99, the Misterioso (Italian for Mysterious ) has aromas of dark cherries and some lifted glazed fruit characters. The palate is again dominated by dark fruits but there is some attractive strawberry characters combined with fine tannins. The wine finishes dry but a very well- balanced acidity helps to lengthen the palate.
Longview Devils Elbow (€17.99 down from €21.49 for Nov/Dec) is a beautifully balanced Cabernet Sauvignon full of gorgeous blueberry and blackcurrant fruit, it delivers amazing purity and depth of flavour. We have tasted very few Cabernets from anywhere that are as good as this! Match with rib-eye steak in pepper sauce.
Borie de Maurel Belle de Nuit €26.49) is made from ancient vines high up in the Black Mountains, this 100% Grenache is quite simply one of the best in France and is better than many a Grenache dominant Châteauneuf-du-Pape. A brilliant intensely rich red.