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 $40, you get three bottles of wine from around the world from Oriel Wines (an $80 value).
Oriel Wines stocks an array of handmade small-batch wines from winemakers all over the world, their vine exploits garnering recognition from the Wall Street Journal. Prospective purchasers can freely sip or bathe in a selection of three fermented favorites from France, California, and Spain. The collection commences with Femme Fatale from Bordeaux, France, a rosé combination of merlot and cabernet sauvignon grapes liberated from vines up to 70 years old (a $20 value). 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, 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 cheese such as manchego and parmesan (a $25 value). The final bottle in the libation trio, Alma de Llicorella, is an intense blend of garnacha and carinena grapes from Priorat, Spain ($35 value). Picked in the fall of 2002, Alma de Llicorella is warm and earthy, and delightfully stains the upper lip with notes of licorice and plum.
Oriel Wines, in addition to providing high-quality small-batch wines, maintains a continually evolving list of recipes to help oenophiles and oeno-amateurs best structure a meal around each bottle.