We’re celebrating wine week here at tarte! If you’ve ever a had sip — or spilled a glass — of any of the red variations of this delicious libation you probably know two things for sure: the flavors are often complex and tantalizing, and the color is distinct and intense. To kick off the celebration, we’ve broken down a few of our favorite varietals by taste and color.


Pinot Noir

Pinot noir is generally a lighter-bodied but very complex wine, which has been referred to as “sex in a glass” by one master sommelier. General tasting notes: light and fruit-forward, with flavors that include red cherry and raspberry, and some florals.

Our receommendations from the left: 2006 Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir , Catherine Malandrino wrap-effect dress, Oscar de la Renta crystal earrings, Paloma Barcelo Mallorca suede espadrille wedgesAlexander McQueen scarf and our glamazon™ pure performance 12-hour lipstick in wild.



Syrah (referred to as “Shiraz” when made in Australia or South Africa) is generally known to be medium-bodied and aromatic, pairing well with grilled foods, meats, and pizzas. General tasting notes: medium-bodied and smooth, with flavors that can include black cherry, chocolate, black pepper, smoke, and licorice.

Our recommendations from the left: 2009 Eponymous Syrah, Jimmy Choo phone case, Thierry Lasry  Obsessy D-frame sunglasses, Calvin Klien Swank nightdress, Chloe bangle, and our cheek stain in blushing bride.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is an extremely popular wine, and its versatile grapes are grown in nearly every major wine-producing country. General tasting notes: full-bodied and fruity (and easy-drinking!), with flavors that can include mint, berries, plum, cherry, tobacco, and chocolate.

Our recommendations from the left: 2006 Cakebread “Dancing Bear” Cabernet Sauvignon,  Oliver Peoples Emelita sunglasses, Carven miniskirt, our LipSurgence™ lip tint in moody, Michael Kors chronograph watch and Isabel Marant Dakota smocked silk-georgette top.


What’s your favorite vintage?