Guy Kugel, the man behind Altura's wine program, got his start in the restaurant industry as a kid at his family's Italian restaurant in Boulder, Colorado. In Seattle Kugel worked at the Flying Fish for a decade before jumping on board with Nathan and Rebecca Lockwood to open Altura; he's been there ever since. Here, his pick for a wine equal parts delicious and terrifying.
So what do you think Guy, what should I drink tonight?
Since theme party season is upon us, it's important to keep things energized. Whether you're entertaining friends or merely waiting in the dark for the neighbor kids to show up, you'll need a great wine to enjoy. No one wants another chianti with liver and fava beans. Put the devil in the details for your Hallow's Eve dinner: Owen Roe's "Sinister Hand" Red Wine. From the 2011 vintage, this Châteauneuf-du-Pape inspired blend combines rich chocolate, cranberry, and winter spices. Nicely balanced, it drinks well alone or with whatever red meat you dig up for your guests.
The Price: $25-27
Find It: Wine World and Spirits, Ballard Market, Central Co-op