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Infernal thirst: just in time for your Halloween party, devilish beverages for diabolical dykes.

It's Halloween and you've prepared everything, from demonic decor to horrific hors d'oeuvres to your own creepy costume--even your furry friend looks fiendish! But when it comes to drinks, you probably haven't dreamed up anything amazingly unholy, other than a perversely-named punch or satanic sangria (substitute appropriate red drink here). Well, consider a sinister sommelier at your service. Vampire Vineyards offers up classy quaffs with serious credentials.

If you'd like to keep things light, start with a Witches' Brew blond ale with a champagne-style cork. For something stronger, sink your fangs into the rich and velvety Vampire Merlot, the dark Dracula Syrah, and the intense Chateau Du Vampire Cabernet Sauvignon. One of the more bewitching tipples we tried is the Trueblood Pinot Noir (2007). This award-winning artisanal wine is made from 100 percent pinot noir grapes that are carefully hand-picked and sorted in the Santa Maria Valley. Aged in French oak barrels for 23 months, the result is a luscious yet elegant wine, rich, full bodied and, dare we say, quite blood-like for a pinot noir. It pairs perfectly with a rare filet mignon, but if your crowd clamors for cocktails, there's no better base liquor than the sinfully scarlet Vampyre Vodka. This triple-distilled drink goes down smooth--and makes a bloody good Cosmopolitan (it's blood red, really)--or serve in chilled shots or on the rocks. Here's blood in your eye! (vampire.com)

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