Flowers and wine are spectacular gifts in their own right, but have you ever thought about pairing the two together in a birthday dinner tablescape or as a gift? Many types of wine have certain floral notes and characteristics hidden in their flavor profiles that tie it to a specific flower.
We looked at the different birth month flowers and found wine pairings that tied into the floral scents and meaning of each of the 12 flowers. Along with the pairings, we’ve created customized wine labels that you can attach to a bottle for a sweet (or tannic) birthday treat!
Below we’ve included instructions on how to use the wine label printables:
- Soak the lower half of the wine bottle in a bowl of room temperature water to remove the original label. Add in 5-10 tablespoons of baking soda in the water to speed up the process.
- After soaking the label for 30 minutes, remove the bottle from the water and use a dry towel to wipe off the label.
- Find your favorite design and download it on glossy paper or at your local printing shop.
- Use double-sided sticky tape to attach the label to your wine of choice and you’re done! Enjoy gifting this lovely birthday wine to your friends or loved one.
January: Carnation + Champagne
Known for its ruffled petals and clove-like scent, the carnation is January’s birth flower famous for its charming qualities. It can be found in a wide range of colors — while in general they express love, fascination and distinction, virtually every color carries a unique and rich association.
Celebrate January birthdays by embracing the New Year and pairing the stunning carnation flower with a glass of bubbly from the Champagne region of France. The delicious notes of apple, pear, and citrus are the perfect way to begin the year and explore new possibilities.
Champagne Flavor Profile:
February: Violet + Merlot
February’s birth flower is the stunning blue-purple flower known as the violet. This deeply-hued bloom is a symbol of modesty, faithfulness and virtue, and can sometimes even represent spiritual wisdom and humility often seen in religious art.
Violet’s mildly sweet scent can be seen in many reds including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec. If you are a February baby, pair this bold birth flower with a glass of Merlot to set the tone for the upcoming year.
Merlot Flavor Profile:
- Black cherry
March: Daffodil + Chardonnay
There’s no better flower to represent the first signs of spring than the daffodil. As the official March birth flower, this cheerful plant offers a bright appearance and comes in shades of white, orange, and yellow. Symbolizing good luck, prosperity, and new beginnings, this flower is the perfect reminder of all the loved ones in your life.
Pair this flower with light flavor notes of pineapple, citrus and vanilla seen in Chardonnay. This wine will complement the bright nature of the daffodil with refreshing flavors, making these two the perfect match.
Chardonnay Flavor Profile:
April: Daisy + Sauvignon Blanc
The April birth flower, the daisy, symbolizes purity, true love and innocence. This beautiful flower is known for its bright appearance and petals ranging in color from white to pink, around a bold yellow center. These flowers are perfect for showing your undying love to someone special.
The distinct scent of a daisy is fresh and clean, so pairing it with a crisp, herbaceous wine like Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect way to jump into spring. Fruity notes like lime, green apple, and passion fruit make this the ideal wine for April babies.
Sauvignon Blanc Flavor Profile:
- Green apple
- Passion fruit
May: Lily of the Valley + Pinot Grigio
May’s birth flower is the lily of the valley, a stunning white flower grouped together on one stem. The sweet nature of this plant represents motherhood and purity, making it the perfect gift for Mother’s Day.
Found in wines like Gewürztraminer and Pinot Grigio, the lily of the valley brings a light sweetness to the wine that gives it a refreshing quality. Dive into the delicious flavor notes of lime, lemon, and pear by having a glass of Pinot and start preparing for a summertime birthday celebration.
Pinot Grigio Flavor Profile:
June: Rose + Pinot Noir
As summer begins, no bloom better signifies the beauty and sweetness of the new season than June’s birth flower, the rose. This famous flower is known for its symbol of love and devotion, and can be found in a rainbow of colors.
Roses have an unmistakable and classic aroma. Their scent can be detected in wines like Pinot Noir and Sangiovese. If you see yourself as a romantic and graceful person, this wine and flower pairing is perfect for you.
Pinot Noir Flavor Profile:
- Dark cherries
- Red currants
July: Larkspur + Moscato
The July birth flower is the stunning larkspur. Larkspurs come in a wide range of vibrant colors including indigo, purple and pink. Though each color has its own symbolic meaning, the flower generally represents positivity and love.
Pair this summer flower with a sweet wine like Moscato, with flavor notes of peach, apricot, and orange. Enjoy the warm weather with a refreshing and light combo of the July birth flower and a delicious white wine!
Moscato Flavor Profile:
August: Gladiolus + Rosé
The gladiolus is a bold bloom that earns its title as the official August birth flower. These lovely flowers can be found in an assortment of colors including red, pink, orange, yellow, purple and white. It’s a symbol of strength, remembrance and sincerity, making it the perfect flower for a true blue friend.
Enjoy a glass of rosé to complement the bold colors of the gladiolus. Taste the fruity flavors of strawberry, melon and citrus while you soak in the sun. If you’re looking for a colorful and refreshing birthday combo, gladiolus and rosé is the perfect combination.
Rosé Flavor Profile:
September: Aster + Red Blends
The September birth flower, asters, are a symbol of all-powerful love, affection and wisdom. This vibrant flower is available in many colors, but is most commonly found with pink, white, red, mauve or lilac blooms.
For a lovely birthday treat, pair this flower with the deep flavors of red blends. You’ll find notes of ripe fruit, vanilla, and coffee with these types of wines which will perfectly complement the beauty of the aster flower.
Red Blends Flavor Profile:
- Ripe fruit
October: Marigold + Zinfandel
With its golden blooms that rival the color of autumn leaves, it’s no wonder the marigold is the October birth flower. Along with a long tradition of medicinal use, Marigolds also have significant symbolic meaning, including fierce love, passion and creativity.
Balance the bright orange colors of the marigold with the spicy and earthy flavors of Zinfandel. This pairing is perfect for an October birthday — add fall colors to a mixed metal tablescape to complement the marigold and zinfandel tones!
Zinfandel Flavor Profile:
- Sweet tobacco
November: Chrysanthemum + Cabernet Sauvignon
November’s birth flower is a bright and cheery plant known as the chrysanthemum. These breathtaking flowers come in a wide variety of sizes and colors, but you’ll most likely find them in shades of pink, white, yellow, and red. If you were born in November and see yourself as a loyal and honest person, a chrysanthemum flower centerpiece is a great addition to your table.
Enlighten your taste buds by choosing a rich wine like Cabernet Sauvignon and pair it with the delicate aroma of chrysanthemum. You’ll find notes of blackcurrant and black cherry in your favorite bottle of Cabernet, as well as woodsy flavors such as cedar, oak, and herbs.
Cabernet Sauvignon Flavor Profile:
- Black cherry
December: Narcissus + Prosecco
The narcissus is best grown in the wintertime, which makes it the perfect December birth flower. This gorgeous bloom has a trumpet-like center that symbolizes hope, wealth, and good wishes. Daffodils actually belong to the genus of narcissus, which explains why they are very similar.
Celebrate your festivities with a cool, crisp glass of prosecco and pair it with the light floral notes of the narcissus flower. The delicious apple, honeysuckle and peach flavor notes in this sparkling white wine are truly the best way to end the year.
Prosecco Flavor Profile:
No matter what your birth month flower is, there is a delicious wine out there that will pair with it nicely. While there are plenty of different birthday gift ideas out there, it’s hard to beat the combination. Get in touch with your creative side and use these thoughtful labels to add some personalization and flair to your gift!