Category Archives: Wine labeling

First Vine Wine Topics

Back before we started blogging, first vine was sending weekly e-mails with a recipe and a wine pairing.  And occasionally a discussion of a particular wine topic.  The more informational e-mails are now here on the blog as First Vine … Continue reading

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First Vine News Roundup

It has been a while since I wrote with news about First Vine and our wines.  So this week I have a few items to share. In This Case, You Can Judge a Wine by its Label When I think … Continue reading

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Once the novelty wears off, what’s in the bottle?

As a wine importer and retailer, I get a lot of pitches for different wines.  Mostly, the come-ons talk about the grapes, the winemakers’ family and winemaking history and the winery settings, then secondarily about the soil conditions, and the … Continue reading

Posted in Domaine de la Renière, Domaine la Croix des Marchands, Gaillac Wines, Happy Bitch Wine, Musings/Lectures/Rants, Novelty Wines, recipes, René-Hugues Gay, Tom Natan, Uncategorized, wine delivery washington dc, Wine labeling | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Can a label cover wine when it’s au naturel?

A lot of ink, virtual and physical, got used throughout the fall and early winter talking about wines that are more or less “natural.”   Most of the discussion was spurred by two books:  Authentic Wine: Toward Natural and Sustainable Winemaking … Continue reading

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Listen to Jamie Foxx — and blame it on the alcohol

I could swear that for the past six months lots of wine writers have been humming the “Blame it on the Alcohol” song – and writing about who’s to blame for the trend of increasing alcohol in wines.  I’ve read … Continue reading

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Wine Watchwords for 2011

My prediction for 2011, aside from all our First Vine customers, old and new, buying a ton of wine from us 😉 is that you’ll be hearing more about biodynamic wines and sustainable and biodynamic farming. There’s a lot of … Continue reading

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Eye Contact: The Art of Wine Labels

Back labels on wine bottles are mostly about required information, but front labels are mostly about branding and design.  Sometimes they’re works of art.  And sometimes they’re a lot more memorable than the wines inside the bottles, but that’s another story… … Continue reading

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“Labels” aren’t always bad things

We joke a lot about cutesy wine labels with koala bears on them, but wine labeling is serious business.  The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), part of the Treasury Department, is responsible for enforcing alcohol labeling requirements … Continue reading

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