Winemaking is a meticulous craft, requiring expert oenologists to bombard famously stoic grapes with chopped onions, tickling, and viewings of Beaches until they weep out their sweet juices. Taste the tearful fruits of their labor with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of select wines from Wine.com.
The virtual vintage experts at Wine.com have assembled an all-star wine lineup of easily adoptable bottle options. Those who prefer lighter quaffs will delight in fine white wines such as the Hewitson LuLu sauvignon blanc 2009, an Australian offering with tongue-tickling notes of pink grapefruit and apples ($15.99). Liven up hearty meats or dull blind dates with the Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills pinot noir 2006, which features black cherry, raspberry, and mocha aromas decadent enough to make a cupcake's frosting blush pink ($36.99). Or opt for a truly sweet sip of Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg riesling superior 2007, whose peach and apricot flavors and cheerful flavor disposition earned it 90 points from The Wine Advocate and ardent microscopic high-fives from appreciative taste buds ($49.99).
Wine.com focuses on educating its consumers, understanding that if you give a man a glass of wine, he will sip, but if you teach him how to shop for wine, he will become much more interesting at dinner parties. Each bottle listing is accompanied by a comprehensive flavor profile, with information on how it was processed, notes from the winemaker, and any juicy grape-related gossip about which vines were cross-cultured to produce it.