Hey fellow lushes! Are you wondering what wine to sip with that big pile of Halloween candy you've been hoarding, you know, just in case you get trick-or-treaters this year. (Fat chance!)
Well, The Wino's got a red that's as smooth as Baby Jesus in velvet pantaloons. (Hey, I kid you not, that's a time-honored phrase some French guy came up that means: I would not spit this wine out!)
Ash Hollow's Headless Red comes out this time every year and has become kind of a cult classic, partly because of the spooky label, but the wine inside tastes bloody good. (Resisting the urge to apologize for such an obvious pun.)
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Ash Hollow has some fun with this one, describing picking the grapes "before dusk"--and by that, they meant at the butt-crack of dawn, which is when most grapes get harvested.
This is made with estate-grown fruit from the Walla Walla Valley, and the vineyard site is in a place that can get hit hard with winter chill. (That's a very scary thing for growers and winemakers.) It's worth celebrating when they can harvest grapes in that location, so three cheers to the 2008 growing season!
Headless Red is a blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, syrah, and malbec. (Can you name the grape that knocks this one out of being called a Bordeaux blend? That's right, the syrah is a varietal grown in the Rhone region, and the French are pretty particular about keeping things tight when it comes to regional-style wines. But in the United Grapes of America, anything goes!)
OK, so The Wino didn't really drink this lovely red with Skittles. I was just yanking your long, creaky chain. It went really well with a homemade minestrone that had a pile of shaved parm on top.
And besides, the candy I squirrel away around this holiday is much classier than Skittles. Junior Mints are my cheap-ass candy of choice!
Headless Red gets three out of four brown paper bags from The Wino.