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 $30, you get $60 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 Cliff Lede sauvignon blanc 2008, a Californian offering with tongue-tickling notes of iris, citrus, and white pepper ($25.99). Liven up hearty meats or dull blind dates with the Luca pinot noir 2008, which features wild strawberry, saddle leather, and cola root aromas decadent enough to make a cupcake's frosting blush pink ($31.99). Or opt for a truly sweet sip of Poet's Leap riesling 2009, whose starfruit and kumquat flavors and cheerful flavor disposition earned it 91 points from The Wine Advocate and ardent microscopic high-fives from appreciative taste buds ($19.99). Peruse a variety of highly-rated wines under $20, or opt for a gift set for your resident aspiring oenophile.
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