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By the end of the summer, I hope to have 3 different red wines in my basement.
Does anyone have any clever ways to identify different types of wine, other than a label? I don't want to have to remove the labels when I re-use the bottles. I also intend to age some of the bottles for 2+ yrs, so I want something on the bottle that won't fall off.
The best idea I've some up with so far is colored ribbon tied to the neck of the bottles. ie: Blue = Amarone, Pink = Shiraz, Yellow = Cab Sav

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Personally I use labels. Buy the ones from your LHBS and you will have NO Problem getting them off.

Some people use different coloured shrinks. Others write a letter on the cork.

If you're really lucky with your bottles, you can use bottle shape. When I ran the FoP, there was a customer who used flat bottomed bottles for Merlot and punt bottomed bottles for Cabernet Sauvignon. Luckily for him, he only made two types of red.

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You could just use different color shrink capsules. I use labels and they dont fall off and come right off with a very quick soak in hot water.
 

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I use permanent marker to write the number on the cork that coresponds with the batch number in my notes for that particular wine.
 

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I use 6499 Avery labels. They're non-permanent and peel right off. Plus you can print on them.
 

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You could store the bottles in marked boxes like the large plastic ones sold at discount stores. Each box will contain the wine of your choice.
 

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I use 6499 Avery labels. They're non-permanent and peel right off. Plus you can print on them.
I tried the AVery non-permanent labels several years ago (1999 or 2000). They were VERY EASY to get off. In fact, they didn't stay on the bottles hardly at all.

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It can depend on the cellaring area also. More humidity will weaken some glues and make some better.
 

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For me, I choose a different colored shrink and have the colors ID'd on a sheet at my storage racks.
 

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The labellnig is half the fun for me, but I do admit to hating removing labels. If that is the only reason yuo dont want to use labels then why not stick them on with milk like I was told to do on here. They just float off if you soak them for a short while!
 

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I buy small 1" diameter round labels, like you'd print on a laser jet for use in an office.

Its enough room for an abbreviated name/style and a month/year date code.

sticks to glass, and peels off with almost no residue.
 

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I use plain inkjet paper. My color inkjet printer. Adobe Illustrator. I sprayed the labels with hair spray to keep the ink from running (Aussie brand as it smells like grapes ;-). I glued my labels on with milk and a pinch of flour. They come right off.
 
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Another idea,
I use a glue stick for my labels. I found slugs eating the label with milk as glue in my basement.
 

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Slugs eating labels.... now that's funny... I'll have to check on mine from time to time. Might have to switch to glue stick...
 

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Yea not so funny when you see them eating the labels. I live in a 200 Y/O house so we do get them. MAybe a newer house won't have that problem.
 

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Tom do you use inkjet paper/ink? Which glue do you use? Does it get through the paper and affect the ink?
 

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Yes I use a injet. But, I print 1 pg out on bright white paper. Then, I get color copies from staples (laser). Then no coating necessary. Any glue stick works ( I get the 12-16pak from Staples).
 

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I've used glue sticks too. They are nice because its kind of a lower quality glue, doesn't hold up to soaking so the labels do come off easily when it comes to that time.

I would just do a border of clue and then a small dab in the middle, then apply.
 

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YEP!
Thats what I do. once around the label and / from corner to corner. I use shipping label template 6 to a page Avery #8164
 

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