Tom of Finland has branched out from just those iconic sketches of muscle men. Way out—into calendars, fashion, sex toys, even sheets and pillowcases. Now the Tom of Finland Foundation has launched Tom of Finland Wines to whet your whistle.
The inaugural U.S. release, OUTstanding RED, was introduced in December at a special event in San Francisco with Tom spokesman (and Dan Savage hubby) Terry Miller. Guests enjoyed music, drinks, a cigar area and a bootblack to bring their leather to shiny perfection.
The wine combines the peppery notes of Zinfandel with a touch of blackberries; herbal notes and suppleness of Merlot; slight eucalyptus and cassis with Cabernet Sauvignon; and sweet blueberries of Petite Sirah—all in a bottle featuring legendary Tom of Finland’s artwork.
A portion of proceeds benefits the Foundation, which not only promotes the work of Touko Laaksonen, but human rights and sexual expression through art.
“Tom is about pleasure and enjoying life,” says Miller. “A part of enjoying life involves indulging your sensual side and appreciating the finer things… self-expression, openness and freedom.”
Pick up a bottle of OUTstanding RED at the Tom of Finland Wines website. Below, check out more images from the OUTstanding RED launch party.