For an easy tipple that will take you through to bonfire night and beyond, Lateral Sauvignon Blanc NV, Chile (£16.49, 3ltr, Tesco) is the equivalent of four bottles of wine.
A vibrant, refreshing white with delicate lime flavours, floral aromas and a zingy finish, it’ll charm your friends long into the witching hour and stays fresh for up to six weeks after opening.
And, for a generous splash of spice and sorcery, Lateral Shiraz NV, Chile (£16.49, 3ltr, Tesco) is a dense, dark red with a forest floor of chewy brambly fruits, supple tannins and a
hint of smoke on the finish.
It’s a great winter warmer that will keep its spell of freshness up to six weeks after opening.
Alternatively, if you love to sin with zin, but prefer to pull tight the curtains and avoid a howling Halloween, try Brazin Old Vine Zinfandel 2009, California, USA (£12.99, Waitrose).
Not for the faint-hearted, at 15% abv, Brazin is bold and muscular with complex flavours of blackberry, blueberry and baked cherry.