Our Trip to the 2016 Home Winemaking Conference in California

We always enjoy our trips to the WineMaker Magazine Conference. This year, with the conference in Santa Rosa, CA, we were excited to have a chance to explore more of California’s wine country. It was our first trip to the area. (Can you believe it?) We took a few extra days and spent some time in Napa, Suisun Valley, Lodi, and Sonoma. Of course, it wasn’t long enough to fully enjoy the area, but we did our best!

Wine Tasting in California

1992 & 2012 Cabs at Clos Duval Winery

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At the 2015 WineMaker Magazine Conference, Willamette Valley, OR

We have a wonderful time every year at WineMaker Magazine’s annual home winemaking conference, and this year was no exception. This May we traveled to Portland, OR, and got to experience the wonders of Willamette Valley.

As usual, the wine was exquisite, and we learned so many things. Not the least of which was how to properly pronounce Willamette … “It’s Will-AM-it, dammit!” Continue reading

Congrats to 2014 Label Contest Winners

Every November we look forward to the WineMaker Magazine Label Contest winners being announced. That’s because every year we pick out some of our best labels and send them in, with our fingers crossed.

Since wine labels and graphic design are our business, we’re always excited to enter our personal favorites and to see how they fare.

But I have to tell you, we’re also a little nervous each year. After all, there are a lot of creative winemakers submitting their favorite designs, too. Will ours hold up to the competition?
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Another Great Home Winemaking Conference

We had a great time at the 2014 WineMaker Magazine Conference in Virginia! This year we went early and spent a few days touring wine country before the conference began. There are some amazing wines coming out of Virginia. Definitely an area worth checking out!

It was great to meet so many of our customers, and to see your labels on bottles. Thanks to everyone who came up to introduce yourself and show off your wine! We loved getting to know all of you.
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Finger Lakes Wine Country

Tragic news for the US wine industry: Due to the cold weather and bud damage in the vineyards, the Finger Lakes Wine Country in New York has been declared a disaster area.

Here’s the full story: Finger Lakes wine country declared a disaster zone

Finger Lakes Wine Country

photo courtesy Wine-Searcher

Some wineries in the area are reporting up to 100% of their vines were damaged. It will be a while before they know how much damage the vines actually sustained, but they it’s going to be severe. This will undoubtedly mean lower yields in Finger Lakes wineries this year.
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Announcing the Winners of the Name That Label Contest!

We’d like to send a big THANK YOU to everyone who entered our Name That Label contest!

We asked for your help, and you came through for us. We couldn’t believe the number of responses we received. You did an incredible job coming up with hundreds of unique label names!

There were so many wonderful entries to choose from, it was hard to pick just one winner. But eventually, after a lot of consideration, we came up with the one that we thought best fit this custom wine label. And here it is:
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