5 Festive Wines for Halloween


• Elias Mora, Toro, Spain $14

(W&S 93 pt., Yet another 2017 Spanish deal for under $15. It’s hearty enough for grilled Ribeye yet not too heavy to enjoy with a hunk of Menchego or bowl of cured olives. I’m also a fan of this wine with dark chocolate. Just sayin’. )


• Château de Pitray, France $10

(A super-drinkable Bordeaux for 10 bucks. This mostly Cab Franc and Merlot blend hails from Casteillo Côtes de Bordeaux, a region within Bordeaux. This wine packs a punch, which makes it ideal with everything from grilled, fully loaded burgers to grilled lamb chops. You can buy this by the case. Can’t go wrong.)


• Charles Smith, Kung Fu Girl Riesling, Washington $10

(Parker 90 pt., If you’ve followed Jones Is Thirsty for any length of time then you know I’m a big Charles Smith fan—whether it’s his Velvet Devil Merlot or Chateau Smith Cab. This crisp, off-dry, German-style Riesling is flat-out awesome too. Tons of yummy apple and peach flavors. Hands down one of my favorite wines spicy Thai or Indian.)


• Mathilde Chapoutier, Grand Ferrage Rosé, France $15

(Vinous 90 pt., Mathilde is the daughter of renown Rhône winemaker Michel Chapoutier, and the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree. This dry, refreshing mid-weight blush is perfect for tailgating or a fall block party. Good stuff!)


• Les Granières de la Nerthe, Chateâuneuf-du-Pape, France $30

(WS 91 pt., A Rhône red blend with lots of spice and dark cherry flavors. Pour me a glass or two with my smoked brisket or grilled lamb chops. Totally worth the splurge.)


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