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Dennis Griffith

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My wife is getting into label making. The way I see it, I make the wine, so she can at least make the labels. Last week I racked the 2020 port (I know, I'm not in Portugal), and saved a gallon for bottling. Here's my wife's label in honor of our vineyard protector who passed a couple of months ago at 15.

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This is my label killer. Just a razor blade with a handle. Makes quick work wet or dry. Just need to deal with the glue. I found cooking oil (any) and baking soda with a stainless scrubber stripped all the labels I went at it with very easily. A little dish soap and a rinse and it was done. Not even a little bit painful.

I've read sticking them on with glue sticks makes homemade labels slide right off in hot water. I'll give it a try.



I like to personalize things and add my own touch. We'll see in 10 years, but for now its label mania!View attachment 89330
Vinny I like that scraper. Post a link pls.
I use homemade labels on the inkjet too and spray the sheets of labels with a waterproofing material very lightly. Apply with a glue stick on the bottle AND comes off very easily. I only label a portion of the batch saving those for gifts. For home use just a simple address label with name, year, ABV
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Vinny I like that scraper. Post a link pls.
I use homemade labels on the inkjet too and spray the sheets of labels with a waterproofing material very lightly. Apply with a glue stick on the bottle AND comes off very easily. I only label a portion of the batch saving those for gifts. For home use just a simple address label with name, year, ABV
JOE
The closest I can find.

 

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Few new label designs I’m working on for some new wine aging.
 

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Labeled and waxed the 2022 Port I started on New Years Day this year. Made from Zinfandel frozen must, fortified with brandy at 5 brix (approx. 1.020 gravity). Aged in a small format oak barrel for 8 months.

These turned out nice... I'll tuck them away for about 5 years before I open the first bottle...

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Finalized my new label designs.
 

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I bought a Cricut and started making my own vinyl labels this year. My bottles look pretty sharp .... now to be a better wine maker for those cool bottles. My last name is HURT, but backwards its TRUH winery. I've stuck with the fruit wine kits since 2016 but with a little help from you guys I'm going to make new wines.
 

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Bryan ... I also have the Choc/Rasp port. LOVE IT Very cool labels
I poured the few oz left in the carboy through a coffee filter (it was really muddy) and enjoyed it while putting capsules on the Pinot Noir I bottled week before last. I have Coffee and Black Forest (chocolate cherry) Ports from a few years ago and really like them, but I expect this one will be better.

Glad you like the labels. The image-as-a-background is relatively new to me, and I have as much fun finding background images as I do making wine. I have a post that shows the progression of labels I made on Windows, going back to 1997. Prior to that I used a Zenith Z-100 and later a Macintosh, and the original formats are lost to the wind. I think I have a folder with hard copy, but haven't seen it in years ....

 

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Some of my latest. The Merlot is for a cousin whose dog is named Merlot. The Peach Apricot Chard is for a friend, I surprised them with this label, using a picture I took from their deck overlooking the lake. The Super Tuscan is of a villa I wished I owned🤣View attachment 93562 View attachment 93563
Brings back memories.
I remember going to Chippewa Lake Amusement Park 40+ (50+?) years ago.
 

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I really enjoy seeing everyone’s creative labels!

So far, all of my labels are pretty much the same, although I changed them so the batch number is at the bottom and I added the bottling date. For quick drinkers, I cork the bottles and call it done. For those that I age longer, I put capsules on the bottle for a nice finishing touch.

I started making wine in December of 2020, and throughout all of 2021, I just kept numbering the batches in sequence (B01, B02, etc.). But then I decided since this appears to be a serious hobby for me, I wanted to change my batch numbering system. I won’t ever hit triple digits in batch number, so the YYB## scheme works for me. The year is what year I started the batch, not necessarily the year the fruit was grown.

I am cheap and I want easy removal of labels so I can reuse my bottles. I have settled on an inkjet label from Amazon (https://a.co/d/2tl0kCH), and I print them at home. The labels are easily removed after soaking them in hot water and Dawn dishsoap for a while. However, our printer died a few months ago, and I explored the idea of getting a laser printer just so I could print better quality labels. But decent color laser printers are a lot more $$$ than we wanted to spend, so we stuck with the inkjet format. The new printer prints better than the old, so I am happy with the results.

The slogan is a joke between my fermenter mentor and me: when I was whining about not being able to lift 5 and 6 gallon carboys, he told me he was going to put me on a workout regimen so I could move them around, and he told me it was “for the wine!” When I was settling on a logo, I looked for an image of someone holding barrels on their shoulders, but stumbled upon this medieval woodcut image and decided I liked that better. Funny how these things evolve!

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@winemaker81 Love your labels, Bryan!

Did you know your Sauvignon Blanc label says 2021 vintage but the starting date is 2022?
Thanks!

Dang, I didn't shoot spot the vintage year being wrong. Haven't printed yet, so I can fix. Thanks!

EDIT: Avery Design & Print is not the easiest tool for making revisions. I probably made at least half a dozen samples, using different background pictures, fonts, and colors. Somewhere along the way I either didn't change the vintage year from a previous label, or I fat fingered it. Either way, the problem was caught and I have fixed the label.
 
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