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Grape Shake

ImagePantone hue 18-2109, otherwise known as Grape Shake, is the color of people whose birthday is today, September 21. A color that straddles the warmth of red and the coolness of blue, this shade reflects the opposing qualities of excitement and calm.

I recently purchased the book Colorstrology, what your birthday color says about you by Michele Bernhardt, thinking it could provide inspiration for some fun and unique birthday presents. This morning I opened it and word association struck: grape… wine! Bold, interesting reds are on my mind since we received our shipment from the Robert Mondavi Winery Spotlight Wine Club this week. We are passionate about good wine in our household, but often bottles can be just so-so, relegating it to an adequate fall-back gift, but rarely inducing an overtly positive reaction in the receiver. Adding in elements of colorstrology could help liven up this tired offering.

Grape shakers apparently make excellent producers and writers so this provides a starting point: Producer… wine producer of course! Writer… how about adding some words directly onto the bottle with a special pen? The perfect prose is already printed on the purple page: “sense of humor”, “creative intelligence”, “innovative” and “ambitious”.

Adding cellophane wrap would allow the elements of the gift to be seen, whilst providing a finished appearance. Fixing this in place with an amethyst bow would seem appropriate, while a gift tag (in toning lilac) could explain the gift:

Your birthday color is

GRAPE SHAKE

Enjoy the vine & shake a leg!

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