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Oct 21, 2007 06:48 PM

Classy labels for homemade wine???

My husband is a real wine-lover and this year we did something for fun and made our own wine. It seems to have turned out okay, too! So, we would like to give a bottle to some friends for the holidays, and would like to put a nice label on the bottles. The key here is that we really want a nice label - not something cheesy. Can you recommend a place to source them?

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  1. Hi!
    I'm a wino.
    I'm not too sure how that rates versus "real wine-lover", but anyways, here's my $0.02 worth:
    If a friend were to give me a bottle of his/her stuff, I'd love to see a handwritten one, stating the bare facts ( grape mix, terroir, year, &etc ).
    Fancy labels, there's an overabundance around, I wouldn't need any more of that.

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    1. re: RicRios

      Okay, he is a wino, too. Maybe a bit snooty on the wine stuff sometimes - but not too snooty to make his own wine and give it away! I guess we wanted to be a bit fun about it, we were thinking of "Castellito..." since it was made in our home. I do like the homemade label idea. Where do you get those labels to write on?

      1. re: rgfoodie

        Labels, labels and more labels.
        White, self adhesive, all imaginable sizes, come in rolls.

        1. re: RicRios

          Thanks, do you know this place? Not sure it connotes the fine quality that we would love to think that we have created!

          1. re: rgfoodie

            I buy from them all the time, ULINE is a major on-line retailer of shipping materials. Now, this is standard industrial stuff. Chances are any package you get via UPS or FedEx carries one of these labels.
            Quality is functional, meaning OK. I never heard of the words "fine quality" used in industrial supplies context.
            The only issue you might want to ask them is , will the labels become yellowish with time? That's a function of the acid contents of the paper base. The stuff I buy is for shipping purposes, that is, short lived. But they sell labels with all kinds of paper supports ( to withstand chemicals, rain, acids &so on), just call & ask.

            1. re: RicRios

              Thanks for the heads up on yellowing. Will give them a call.

      2. re: RicRios


        Along those same lines, a favorite producer of mine, Picchetti, Santa Cruz Mts., does all of their labels as though they were handwritten with a gold pen. I know that these are silk-screened with metallic ink onto the bottle, but they have the look of a handwritten label.

        Good idea,

        1. re: carswell

          Did that. Also did that for business cards with not too much luck - can't tell quality.

          1. re: rgfoodie

            You can ask for samples, you know.

        2. Avery has label templates on their website that you can download to Word.. The 8164 is a good size for wine label. You can download a zillion pieces of appropriate clip art from microsoft's site and go at it.

          1. Now, you have to understand that I'm a graphic artist, so you can take my rec., or toss it, if you are not so inclined. Avery, the label people, have all sorts of labels for laser and inkjet printers. I'd find a size that works well, and design my own label to be printed out on one of my pro-output printers. You won't get foils, etc., but you can do some very, very nice work that way. If you do not have the high ink-count, high-rez printers, a place like Kinkos, can print them for you. There are a ton of programs, that will allow you to marry print, graphics and even photos, that I will not mention what I would use, but they are all from Adobe.

            Also, take RicRios' suggestion to heart, as that will certainly personalize the bottles. IIRC, Wine Enthusiast offers a gold pen, just for that purpose, but you can probably get one from you local Office Depot, etc. for less.


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            1. re: Bill Hunt

              Oh man. I wasn't even thinking I wanted to do a label, but these are fantastic ideas.
              My head is spinning...yippee...truly...and I realize it doesn't even have to be a label
              for a bottle of could be for my [quoting friend] "f(@%ing great orange chipotle sauce." Great holidays idea. Sounds corny, I know, to say that. That's OK.
              Thank you, Hunt.