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11.09.2005

WBW#16 Has Been Announced: Buy The Label

Everyone's favorite virtual wine tasting party online, Wine Blogging Wednesday, is going strong in its 16th month. December's edition will be hosted by Derrick over at An Obsession With Food, and he has selected this month's theme, perhaps in keeping with the shopping that everyone is doing for the season. Wednesday December 7th, we will all be drinking wines that we have chosen simply because we like the label. That's right, Derrick is asking us all to tap into the deepest (shallowest) of our instinctive drives when it comes to wine: to judge a wine by its label.

Moreover, I would encourage you all to not only review the wine, like normal, but also to review the label. Let's get some graphic design criticism going here! If you need inspiration, Derrick correctly points out that there's a book on wine labels called Icon: The Art of The Wine Label, and last week I mentioned an entire art exhibit dedicated to wine labels.

I might just review a wine without a label.

Comments (3)

Jack wrote:
11.09.05 at 9:33 PM

Ah, I remember my visit to the Loire valley where most of the bottles in these guys cellars are unlabeled. Except for the very recent bottles, they were covered with black mold. Ah, wines without labels. Wait, that sounds like a great brand name!

Jannis wrote:
11.10.05 at 6:49 AM

Hi, I am really happy to have discovered a wine blog ! Personally I'm a great fan of refreshing Pinot Noir, heavy Bordaeux tastes, but also smooth white European wines, like the German Riesling, the Italian Pinot Grigio, the Greek Moschofilero variety. But, needless to say, I've also tried some great red and rose wines from California, unfortunately they are quite expensive here in Europe...

Now, let's turn to the previous comment. I fully agree, that it's a unique expierience to visit Burgundy and enjoy its wines and its original French tastes, but I would also propose an alternative: L'Alsace ! Well, wines from this region are not that famous, but you can find great Pinot Noir or Riesling there. And the "Route du vin" southern of Strasbourg is perhaps the biggest in France, over 200km through the vineyards...

Iris wrote:
11.10.05 at 12:24 PM

It's funny, but I would easier talk about Riesling as refreshing then about Pinot Noir, but it probably depends on what you've been drinking.

But I agree with Jannis about the quality of Alsatian wines (and there I remember having tasted "refreshing" Pinot Noirs indeed).

For those, who read French, here's a nice links to the journal of a very personal "route du vin" in this region:

http://nicolasboulard.free.fr/jours/

But to come back to the main subject: I'm looking forward to the labels, which will be chosen next month! I remember our first bottling, when we had to chose a label, which would represent as well our wines as a bit ourselves!

And finally it turned out totally different from what we could have imagined all the years before getting there.

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