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Wear Your Grape - Fun Shirts Featuring Cool Grape Info
Copyright 2005 by Robin Garr. All rights reserved. Originally printed August 12, 2005. For more information go to

If August's sultry weather makes you want to shed that three-piece suit and tie and get into something a little more comfortable, but you're not really into attire bearing political or commercial slogans or not-so-witty bons mots like "I'm With Stupid," here's a sartorial suggestion that a wine geek could learn to love:

My pals Steve and Deborah De Long, who many of you will remember as publishers of the innovative Wine Grape Varietal Table, have recently launched a series of four shirts that make it possible for wine enthusiasts to wear some of our favorite grapes on our chests.

Specifically, these quality, 100 percent cotton tees are silk-screened with the colorful Wine Grape Varietal Table "cells" for four popular grapes on the front, with the discreet question "What Grape Are You Drinking?" stretched across your shoulders on the back.

The Wine Grape Varietal Table, you'll recall, is a large, artful poster that mirrors the familiar periodic table of the elements, categorizing a world of wine grape varieties by color and weight, from the dark-purple Grenache/Garnacha all the way to watery-pale Savatiano. The T-shirts display the "Varietal Table Cell" for your choice of four grapey favorites.

* Chardonnay
* Gruner Veltliner
* Mourvedre
* Pinot Noir

The shirts come in any color you like, as long as it's white, and are available in small, medium, large and X-large. The designs vary to approximate the color of the grape: yellow-gold Chardonnay, sunny yellow Gruner Veltliner, reddish-violet Mourvedre and paler-purple Pinot.

They're $17.99 plus shipping, and - as with our book selections - we'll earn a small commission to help pay the rent at if you should choose to buy one (or several) through this link.

Click here for more about the Wine Grape Varietal Table.


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