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Wines for Boys (From the Girls Who Love Them)

by Nannette Eaton on November 22, 2009

As we’ve discussed, please stop giving novelty socks, ties and cuff-links as Christmas gifts. They really are as welcome as a case of the clap. We suggest a case of wine instead. Here’s a couple of choices that marry the love of wine with the love of the gridiron and the pitch.

Long Bomb

Although Tarara Winery is a Virginia winery, the grapes for Edition One were sourced from the Columbia Valley in Washington State for this Bordeaux blend. The wine is named after Tarara’s founder Whitie Hubert’s love of the game of American football. This is a great complex intensely aromatic red, perfect for a red-blooded football fiend to savor with a steak. The price is $25 USD. We also sampled the Edition Two, and it’s just as masterful as the first edition. Touch-down! Go team!

Hooker Hooker Home Pitch SyrahHooker Wines

For all you girls who love boys who are rugby fans here’s the wine for you. Perhaps one you could pop open while watching the rugby world cup 2019. Pair it with a nice steak and you are going to have one happy man on your hands! (You thought Wine Harlots just gravitated to the name “hooker” didn’t you? Shame, shame, shame on you!) Hooker Wines is a division of Lawer Family Wines and is a tribute to David Lawer’s Duke Rugby career. They have a trio of wines in the collection, a syrah, a cabernet sauvignon and a chardonnay, which range in price from $24-30 USD with significant case discounts. The screaming bargain here is the Warehouse section of the website, where they are discounting the former vintages with their old label (which I find completely adorable and covet — it’s the image on the right) with a rock-bottom price of $85 a case, with shipping included. That works out to just over $7 a bottle – Hey, you don’t even have to like rugby to win on this one.shackles_undone1

Due to the draconian wine shipping laws in the United States, these wines are limited to a few select states. Check the wineries websites for the list of states where they are allowed to ship wine. If you’re a resident of state that does not allow free exercise of trade, I suggest contacting your state legislator and check out Free the Grapes to see how your voice can impact positive change. Cheers, and always, happy drinking!