Knowing the intricacies of fine wine, like consuming an entire cake, cultivates a strong sense of accomplishment, though it is difficult to explain to the 7-year-old birthday girl. Delight in the consumption without the calories with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get $80 worth of wine from Oriel Wines. Shipping is included in today’s deal. Click here for state regulations.
Oriel Wines stocks an array of handmade small-batch wines from winemakers all over the world, with its vine exploits garnering recognition from the Wall Street Journal. Prospective purchasers can freely sip or bathe in a selection of fermented favorites from Australia, California, Spain, and other international vintage vineyards. Commence a collection with the Italian Taralula ($35), which, like the world's longest hide-and-go-seek record holder, sprang from a French oak barrel after 20 months of aging. Named after Tara, the ancient goddess of eternal light, the flavorful ambrosia swirls with spicy, earthy overtones.
Another stellar cellar addition, the Femme Fatale ($20) from Bordeaux, France presents a rosé combination of merlot and cabernet sauvignon grapes liberated from vines up to 70 years old. With the luscious aroma of summer berries and a long finish, the 2006 Femme Fatale nicely takes the edge off spicy foods and parent-teacher conferences. Meanwhile, the 2005 Hugo ($25), a zinfandel from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma, California, greets tongues with notes of black cherries and a sweet, candied finish, and pairs well with dry, hard cheeses such as manchego and parmesan.
In addition to providing high-quality small-batch wines, Oriel Wines maintains a continually evolving list of recipes to help imbibers of all palates best structure a meal around each bottle. Pair the 2005 Oriel Jocunda ($35) with herbed lamb chops, or enjoy a bottle of 2006 Oriel Midnight Rambler ($35) with a pumpkin pie made from pieces of Cinderella's carriage.