Here’s something scary… This is the last Bank Holiday of the year! But before you hold your face like the ghastly character from Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream (or the emoji that channels it 😱), let us take a moment to think of all the fun just ahead of us…
While we might not go trick or treating this year, we’ve found a few bottles that are quite the bounty. Below, three wines to enjoy this Halloween Bank Holiday!
Chianti Classico DOCG Campomaggio
€16.50 – Available at Dunnes Stores
In the book, this sophisticated and iconic villain drinks Amarone, but in the film, Chianti makes for a more recognisable choice.
This balanced and vibrant Chianti is generous in ripe fruit, juicy red cherries and mouth-watering redcurrants and cranberries.
It’s complemented by a pleasant touch of toast and sweet spice, earned after 12 months in oak casks.
Moderate tannins and lean, silky body, this is a red with a bite and a lovely finish.
Lustau Very Rare Dry Amontillado
€12 – Available at M&S
While in the famous horror story by Edgar Allan Poe “The Cask of Amontillado” there’s murder involved, we’ll gladly settle for cocktails. Amontillado, a type of Sherry, offers a toasted characters with plenty of nutty aromas enriched by molasses, ginger bread and orange peel notes.
It’s complex and pleasant on its own, but it works wonderfully well as a refreshing cocktail: Sherry and Tonic, where you can enjoy it with the tonic water of your choice, a drop of syrup, orange peel and maybe a dash of orange betters. It’s scary how good it is!
Château Puy Marceau Bordeaux AOC 2014
€19.95 – Available at O’Briens Wine
We took inspiration from one of the most memorable characters from The Matrix’s films for this one: The Merovingian, a powerful program with a self-proclaim love for French wine. While we don’t get to see exactly what’s in his deep ruby glass, if we had to guess, it’s Bordeaux. It just has to be.
Château Puy Marceau combines Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon into a delightful Bordeaux. Expect aromas of ripe cranberries, plums and cherries on the fruit front, complemented by toast, aniseed and a dainty herbal character.
Well rounded tannins fill your palate while a medium body runs gracefully delivering intense flavours and a finish where fruit and earthiness cooperate.
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.