Why would we want to go to the time and expense of entering a wine competition? There are a few reasons to consider it: Continue reading
We live in south Florida. It’s not exactly an area known for its local wine. We can pick all kinds of tropical fruits right out our front door, but vinifera grapes don’t grow this far south.
We’ve realized that doesn’t really matter, though. You can still get good local wine here.
We try to support local businesses when we can, and we love to go wine tasting. So recently we hit the road and set out on the Florida Wine Trail near St. Petersburg.
Okay, it’s not exactly an organized trail… But as you can see from this Florida Grape Growers Association map, Continue reading
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 excited about that. But before we get ahead of ourselves, we wanted to show off our featured custom wine label design, perfect for your homemade wines: Continue reading
We had a wonderful time this year at WineMaker Magazine’s annual 2015 home winemaking conference. 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 guide of ideas for useful (and unusual) holiday gifts for home winemakers and wine lovers on your list.
Check out some of the items we found:
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 have and there are several other options available at Amazon.com.
Every November we look forward to the WineMaker Magazine Wine 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?
We don’t grow grapes here in southern Florida, so we make wine with what we have. One of our favorites is our homemade 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.
Wine may be a complex topic, but home winemakers are pretty knowledgeable when it comes to fermented grapes. And we always love to learn more. That’s why we wanted to share these 6 surprising wine facts with you. Enjoy!
1. Most wines are not made for aging. The majority of wine is put on the shelves to be bought and enjoyed within a short period of time…probably best within 2 years of purchase. It’s estimated that only about 10% of red wines and 5% of white wines have the potential to improve when aged more than 5 years. Due to complex chemical reactions that occur over time, few wines will improve with age… and only when properly stored.