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 Crossings sauvignon blanc 2008, a New Zealand offering with tongue-tickling notes of pink grapefruit and white peach ($14.79). Liven up hearty meats or dull blind dates with the Calera Central Coast pinot noir 2007, which features blackberry, licorice, cherry cream, wild herbs and citronella flavors ($22.99). Or opt for a truly sweet and crisp sip of Flowers Sonoma Coast chardonnay 2007, whose lemon drop, pear, apricot and cheerful flavor disposition earned it 90 points from Connoisseurs' Guide ($44.99).
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