A Delicious & Demonic Halloween with Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka

From pork-wonton mini brains to eyeball cakes, the Halloween-obsessed actor Neil Patrick Harris and his partner, the talented chef David Burtka, share grotesquely good party ideas.

A Wine Strategist's Guide to Pairing

Shelley Lindgren of San Francisco’s SPQR has the world’s most sensible wine-drinking philosophy: Pour good, inexpensive bottles on weekdays; pricier, more complex bottles on weekends; and exceptional bottles once a month. Here’s how to follow her advice, with fantastic recipes to match from SPQR chef Matthew Accarrino.

Bargain Bordeaux Travel

France’s biggest wine region, Bordeaux, is known for grand châteaus and high-priced reds. But Bordeaux has an affordable side, says F&W’s Ray Isle, who explores its most intriguing wineries, restaurants and hotels.

A Tamale-Making Harvest Party When the grapes are ready for picking, their husbands disappear into the vineyards, leaving this group of California winemakers’ wives to figure out their own harvest traditions. Here, a fun night of potluck snacks and tamale-making with the Harvest Widows.