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Top 10 Romantic Wines 2009

What makes a wine instill romance? Some wines are sensuous, and can help lubricate the path to passion. They don't necessarily need to be expensive, or sparkling, or have a nude Marilyn Monroe photograph to be sexy wines. Here is a selection of romantic wines that'll put you and your partner in the mood for love any time of year.

Wines For Romance


Bottle to Buy/Price



1999 Amour de Deutz Blanc de Blancs; $150
Marquis de Sade Brut Reserve; $40
Demi-sec Joyesse; $30



2007 Viognier; $27



Rosa d'Amore; $17
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon; $28
2005 Marilyn Merlot; $27
2003 Dos Amores; $24


N.V. Raspberry Framboise (half bottle); $12

Osborne Ports & Sherries

Osborne Pedro Ximénez 1827 Sherry; $18

2005 Marilyn Merlot

Bonny Doon Vineyard Raspberry Framboise

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