By Maggie Walters
No judgment here, we've all selected a bottle of wine just for the label. Sometimes you'll find yourself standing in front of a giant wall of wine bottles, every label blending into the next; until, like a beacon of light or the Holy Grail, one label will stand out from the rest.
It could be a beautiful limited-release bottle with commissioned artwork for the label, or simply a cute fuzzy animal; but something about that label stood out from the others.
When going to a dinner party, wine is a great go-to for a host gift. And who doesn't want a handsome bottle to present? I'm here to make some recommendations for great wines with great labels! Whether it be for a gift or for your own personal label collection, you will not be disappointed with the contents of these bottles!
Melee Grenache, St. Helena, CA
This wine is a Tuck Beckstoffer colab, for all of you Beckstoffer fans!It's big, it's bold, and it's delicious.
This is great with heavier proteins, or, in my opinion, on its own if you enjoy heavy reds.
Moon Duck, One Time Spaceman GSM Rhone Blend, Paso Robles, CA
Another big red that I love to pair with grilled food (especially BBQ).
This features a very futuristic label, so if you have any science fiction fans in your life, it’s a great conversation piece!
Cote des Roses, Rose from Languedoc, France
This is the only wine I'm writing about that doesn't technically have an interesting label, it is the bottle itself that stands out from the rest. The bottom of this bottle is in the shape of a rose to honor the region of Cote des Roses (slopes of roses). The wine itself will not disappoint either! It's rosé season and this wine is full of crisp, refreshing acidity that leaves you wanting more.
Charlotte Red Blend by Charles Smith from Walla Walla, Washington
Blend: 47% Mourvedre, 37% Grenache, 6% Syrah, 6% Counoise, 4% Picpoul
Splurge alert! A little on the pricey side; but worth every penny. I recommend coming in on Wine Wednesday to get a 20% discount.
If a wine can be described as feminine, this is it. It’s floral, elegant, and more reserved compared to the bold reds listed above. Charlotte is a deep, complex wine. Sip after delicious sip, this wine continues to open up and seemingly develops more flavors right in front of you.
Label shopping doesn't always have to be frowned upon. You just have to know what to look for. Sometimes snazzy labels are all about marketing, and not so much about the wine. But there are wines out there that are the best of both worlds.
I hope you enjoy these wines as much as I do, and I hope they add to the conversation wherever you go!