Happy Halloween!

I always loved Halloween as a kid: the costumes, the pumpkins, and of course the candy. As an adult? None of those aspects really appeal to me any more. Costumes have become a chore, the pumpkins are messy, and I am really not enthralled with candy the way I used to be.

Sebastian is going to be a Power Ranger. Nathan has not made up his mind yet.

Sebastian is going to be a Power Ranger. Nathan has not made up his mind yet.

I guess I could really do without Halloween if it were not for the fact that I have two young(ish) boys who still have that joyful approach toward the day.

Ever since they were old enough to go trick-or-treating, I have taken them around the neighborhood as they collected their loot while my wife stayed at home passing out loads of individually packed tooth decay time bombs.

Early on, I discovered a peculiarity that I am pretty sure did not exist when and where I grew up: some (but far from all) of the adults sitting out on their stoops, doling out candy, are also having a bit of wine to pass the time. Many of those, knowing that I am a wine hound (I guess they noticed the glass in my hand), would offer me a pour to help me out with the drudgery of leading my kids through the neighborhood.

The problem is that I always feel a bit odd (and maybe a tiny bit creepy) asking people that I don’t know for a bit of their wine. One would think that I would be able to get over that issue, but it still weighs heavy on me. (The other issue, of course, is trying to find non-insulting ways to turn down the wine once I discover it’s Yellow Tail.)

This year, however, the trick-or-treating death march will be different. Just yesterday I received this messenger bag from Vivajennz, which hides an insulated beverage bladder and spigot.

The Patrick Messanger bag

Photo from Vivajennz.com

Thus, I will no longer feel like the neighborhood lush going from door to door begging for a sip of wine. No, this year, I will be bringing my own wine with me, and as I have been on a Chilean kick recently, I will likely choose one of these.

The first two come from one of the largest producers in Chile, Concho y Toro, whose Casillero del Diablo (the Castle of the Devil) label seems to be a great fit for Halloween.

Casillero SB2014 Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc Reserva: Retail $10. Tart yet a bit herbaceous on the nose. Clean and angular on the palate with lemon rind tartness. A solid Sauvignon Blanc. Very Good. 86-88 Points.

Casillero CS2014 Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon: Retail $10. Initially a bit one note: jammy fruit. With a bit of time though, the fruit calmed down a bit exposing a touch of earth and complexity. Make no mistake, this is a wine for now and if you like a fruity cab, this is for you. 85-87 Points out of the bottle. Better on day two. The fruit tampered down, revealing more complexity. Very Good. 87-89 Points. 

Here are two more from the Barons de Rothschild project in Chile:

23_Los-Vascos-Cabernet-Sauvignon2014 Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon: Retail $9. This is a solid effort and most of what you can expect from this price point. Blackberry and cassis up front with that carrying through on the palate. A bit of depth, but this is not a wine that causes you to ponder the meaning of life. It will work with pizza though. Very Good. 86-88 Points. 

22_Los-Vascos-Grande-RÇserve2012 Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Reserve: Retail $18. Even though the bottle is labeled as “Reserve” and is two years older than the other Los Vascos above, I was not really expecting much of a departure from the standard Cabernet. Wrong. Sure, there is the characteristic dark berry fruit but it is joined by vanilla and a bit of espresso. On the palate, much more complexity and depth, finishing with considerable backbone. Outstanding. 91-93 Points. 

 

 

I also have two reminders this Saturday morning:

  1. A couple of weeks ago I announced the third annual “Secret Wino”–a take on the Secret Santa theme in which you are randomly assigned a recipient to whom you send a bottle of wine while someone else is doing the same for you. I will be sending out the assignments this weekend, so if you still want to get in on the fun, there is still time! All the details can be found HERE.

    From Etsy

    From Etsy

  2. There is still time to vote for this month’s Monthly Wine Writing Challenge! Voting ends Monday night and all the details can be found HERE.
    Variety

Happy Halloween folks!

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About the drunken cyclist

I have been an occasional cycling tour guide in Europe for the past 20 years, visiting most of the wine regions of France. Through this "job" I developed a love for wine and the stories that often accompany the pulling of a cork. I live in Houston with my lovely wife and two wonderful sons.
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16 Responses to Happy Halloween!

  1. Blair says:

    Adult trick-or-treating done right. Gotta bring along the wine.

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  2. NK says:

    I always have a bottle of casillero de diablo en mi casa – it’s a good standby and pretty much everyone enjoys it. Have fun tonight!

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  3. Happy Halloween, the bag is awesome!!

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  4. I don’t recall the drinking while trick or treating as a kid, either – and this is Wisconsin, where drinking goes with everything! I will definitely be enjoying some wine this evening, though I really should have thought ahead about an appropriate one for the evening. Next year!

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  5. dwdirwin says:

    Strollers make a fantastic wine carriers when the kids are young…

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  6. Both you and Michelle posted about Casillero del Diablo wine today. I’m sure it is a popular Halloween wine. Happy Halloween to you! Enjoy your secret sipping. 🙂

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  7. Neighborhood lush going door to door? How about going to the door with a mug in your hand and talking to the kiddies? Good thing for me that a number of my neighbors are standing out there sipping their beverage of choice. Nicely done.

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