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!
We’re pretty excited here at Noontime Labels. We love autumn, with the cooler weather that says winter is coming. And we have some big plans in the works for next year, so we’re that much closer to a big announcement.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, we wanted to show off our featured custom wine label for September: Continue reading →
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 →
Wondering what to get the home winemaker on your gift list? Trying to drop hints about what you’d like to receive? Either way, we’re here to help! We’ve put together a holiday gift guide of ideas for useful (and unusual) gifts for the winemakers and wine lovers on your list.
Check out some of the items we found:
Rapid Ice Cooler Sleeve – Mrs. Noontime got me one of these a couple of years ago, and I use it all the time! It’s simple, just store the sleeve in the freezer and pull it out when you need it. It’s perfect for keeping a chilled white wine cool while you savor it. It also helps quick chill wine when you want to pop open a bottle but forgot to stash it in the fridge to chill first. This is the sleeve I haveand there are several other options available at Amazon.com. Continue reading →
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? Continue reading →
We don’t grow grapes here in southern Florida, so we work with what we have for our winemaking. One of our favorites is our mango wine from fruit that grows in our neighborhood. Our neighbors have huge trees that produce abundant crops most years, and they are always happy to share with us.
In 2012 we made five gallons of mango wine that we’re now enjoying. We also made our first bottles of sparkling wine out of that batch. We just finished off the last bottle of sparkling mango wine, and were very sad to see it go. Continue reading →
We had so many photos to share from our trip to Virginia and the 2014 WineMaker Magazine Conference, we decided to give them their own post. Click on each image to see it full-size. Enjoy! For more photos from the … Continue reading →