Spirit Level

I remember a time when Halloween wasn’t really a thing. Not any more. And, I’ve realised, resistance is futile. When I suggested that perhaps we, y’know, scale back this year’s Halloween extravaganza – ridiculous spooky tea at ours before visiting neighbours to claim the kids’ bodyweight in Haribo – it was met with (funnily enough) howls of despair. Guess I’ll just make sure there are plenty of spirits on hand for the grown ups.

Current white in the fridge: Silene Limoux Chardonnay

Price: £9.99 - Buy From Co-op

Brilliant, peachy white made from the Chardonnay grape grown in the Limoux region in Southern France, this is perfect for Halloween on two counts. Firstly, it’s delicious (most important thing). And secondly the label is kinda scary, so it’s spot on for Halloween. Apparently the guy on the front was a companion of Bacchus, the wine god. Quite the wingman.

Current red in the rack: Frankland River Shiraz

Price: £11.00 - Buy From Marks & Spencer

A proper warming, rich red, this one. Made from the Shiraz grape, it’s from the lesser-known Frankland region in Western Australia. Smooth, rich and warming, so just right for this time of year. Some if it has been aged in French oak barrels adding a bit of weight, spice and all round deliciousness to the blend. Lovely stuff. Drink with feet up in slippers for full effect.

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