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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.

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