Best ways to buy wine for Halloween

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With Halloween just six weeks away, it's a good time to start thinking about whether you want to buy wine especially for the occasion - and there are several good ways to do so.

First of all, you might want to choose a wine with a very direct link to the season itself, such as Giuseppe Lonardi's Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC, made with grapes dried in the traditional way from October to January, before being matured for 3-4 years in oak.

With aromas on the nose from cherries and chocolate to vanilla and sweet spices, it's a very seasonal wine as the darker evenings draw in.

Looking beyond Halloween to Bonfire Night, De Bortoli's Black Noble is a sweet Australian option whose name is not the only connection with a season of shorter days and dark spirits.

A bouquet of toffee and treacle makes this sweet option ideally suited if you are looking to buy wine for Halloween and Bonfire Night alike.

Finally, Marcel Guigal's Cote Rotie La Turque is a red with smoky scents mingled with a creamy flavour of blackberries and blackcurrants - another compelling combination for the coming time of year.

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