And Halloween enthusiasts are always searching for a timely gift. After all the relatives start to complain when you send pint-sized pumpkins to them in mail year after year. Not to mention the dirty looks you get from the mailman when you try to send all those bulky packages.
Here’s a spirited option: Send a bottle of the Poizin, 2008 Sonoma County Zinfandel encased in a wooden coffin. Healdsburg’s Armida Winery, which produces it, has a good sense of humor and uncorking this bottling has become a fall rite of passage for adults who absolutely refuse to outgrow Halloween. These revelers have simply traded up from door to door “trick or treats” to this “treat in a bottle.”
Poizin has ripe blackberry fruit with spice seething through it. Notes of anise and black pepper. Good length. (14.5 percent, $25) Expect to pay more for the wooden coffin. You bet. A good laugh will cost you.