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Top 10 “Suggestive” Wines For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is all about sending clear and defined messages to those we love….

  • In a new relationship?  Keep the message basic and sweet
  • Been married for years?  Spice it up with something fun
  • Asking out your latest crush?  Time to be BOLD

Nothing says “Be Mine” more than a cleverly crafted wine label.   If all else fails, you at least get to enjoy the wine!  Here are our top 10 wines to give your loved one when

# 10  – Alexander Valley Vineyards – “Temptation”

Nothing gets to the root of human nature like an Adam and Eve themed wine label.  Sending this to someone is asking for trouble!  Or is it??

Tempation

#9 – Monogamy  “Truly Madly Deeply”

Ready to take your relationship to the next level?  Why not ask for a serious commitment with this love-and-cuddles themed wine!

Monogomy

#8 – promisQous

Leaning more toward flirtation… Giving this wine to someone you are into is the adult equivalent of handing them a soda can of Orange “Crush”

PromisQous

#7 – Ménage à Trois

The name says it all… Just be prepared for a variety of responses!

Menage a Trois

#6 – Peirano  “The Other”

Nothing says “Thanks for being my ‘other’!” than this sexy wine and seductive wine.

The Other

#5 – Michael David Winery “Freakshow”

For those of us who like things a little freaky, break open this offering when in the privacy of your own home!

Freakshow

#4 – Taken Wine Company “Complicated”

Facebook has an “It’s Complicated” relationship status.  Time to say it with wine and make it “Facebook official”!

Taken Complicated

#3 – The Prisoner Wine Company “Prisoner” & “Blindfold”

Even your “slaves” need a little wine & love on Valentine’s Day.

3-Prisoner

3-blindfold


#2 – Two Hands “Sexy Beast”

This label essentially screams “I want you now!”  Oh, and the wine itself is deliciously seductive, too!

Sexy Beast

#1 – Mollydooker “Carnival of Love”

Rated #2 on Wine Spectator‘s Top 100 List.  We thought we’d show this wine a bit more love by making it #1 on our list.  Not only is this wine label amazing, but the wine is spectacular!

1-Carnival of Love

 

 BONUS: 50 Shades of Grey

Ready to head to the theater?   Why not sip on some Fifty Shades wine first to put you in the “mood”.   Cheers!

50 Shades

 

Ideal Wedding Gifts

Tis the season! Wedding season that is. Since so many people now live on their own before they get married, they are well-stocked with plates, silverware and linens. So instead of going the usual “registry” route, we often look for something really worthwhile to give, and wine gifts are definitely worthwhile.

At Wine.com, we have a few options to impress the happy couple. First, wine clubs. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, and we have three excellent options:

Discovery Tour – an entry-level club designed to introduce wine lovers to the most popular grapes and regions of the world. Each month has a different theme.

Wines of the World – my personal favorite, this club helps wine lovers expand their palate, tasting incredible wines from all over the world – some more well-known, others slightly off-the-beaten-path.

90 point rated – the club for the connoisseurs who love wines that are age-worthy and top-quality. This club delivers two red wines each month, some worthy of a while in the cellar, others very drinkable right now, but aptly suited for fine dining.

Each of the clubs are available month-to-month, but for wedding gifts, we recommend giving a 3-month, 6-month or 12-month subscription.

In other gifts, we highly recommend:

Wedding Milestone Trio – put together after many requests for wines that would be appropriate for opening on specific anniversaries, the Wedding Milestone Trio has three wines, one for the first anniversary, one for the third and one for the fifth. One bottle of bubby & two reds. High quality wines, each meant to celebrate and enjoy wedding milestone anniversaries.

Wedding Bells, Dom Perignon, & Godiva Truffles Gift Set – who doesn’t love bubbles and chocolate? Right at a very popular wedding gift price point, this gift is a bit of luxury for the couple to share, and absolutely appropriate for the couple who already has everything!

Decanters – A decanter is such a great gift as it is something people rarely buy for themselves. Decanters not only come in handy for aerating wine, but they are beautiful to serve any wine in, whether it needs aeration or not. It’s like giving crystal, but these decanters are more modern and sleek and will be more likely used on the table.

So branch out from the typical registry and surprise the newlyweds with some good vino gifts to get them started.

 

 

Gift Ideas: Decanters and Aerators

The purpose of decanters is to bring air to a wine, to allow it to “breathe.” A little air can be a great thing for wines, especially the big, young wines that need to open up. This action helps a wine open up, allows the molecules to start dancing, the aromas to explode, the flavors to brighten… The classic way to bring this about is using a decanter, which allows air to more surface area of the wine. But there are also some devices on the market that speed up that aeration process, particularly if you have not had enough time to decant a wine, or if you want to just have a glass of wine aerated. These devices are fantastic gifts and great to have in the cellar.

Watch this video to see what options you have to give your wine a little air!

The Wine.com Wine Lover’s Gift Guide

Obviously Wine.com is gift-giving central for wine lovers, but specific gifts appeal more to specific types of wine lovers… so instead of sorting through our entire gift selection, we’ve broken it down to a few different “groups.”

Napa Valley Cabernet Wine Tasting Trio ($169.99)
Napa Valley Cabernet Wine Tasting Trio ($169.99)

For Him (otherwise known as: For the Esquire Man): Think James Bond Bollinger, eccentric wine openers and golfers who make wine.

For Her (otherwise known as: For the Glamorous Gals): Mom, sister, hostess, etc… Think lovely bubbly gift sets, hostess trinkets and luscious vino.

For the Rock Star: For those who like to jam… wines with Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd Labels, as well as Elvis decorated bottles.

For the Art Lover: Anyone who buys for a label will appreciate wines that look pretty AND taste good.

 

(Penfolds) RED Wine Trio ($39.99)
(Penfolds) RED Wine Trio ($39.99)

For the Foodie: Going gourmet for that person who loves to use wine when they are cooking… and sometimes even put it in the food!

For Giving Back: Whether to community or environment – think organic wine & wines that give proceeds to a charity.

 

No matter the personality or preferences of the wine lover on your list, we think you can find the perfect gift. If not, we’re sure, like us, you’ll find something perfect for you! :)