Monday, October 31, 2011

{DIY} Wine label gift tags

These gift tags are super easy, and cheap, to make.  I used a shimmery cardboard stock paper in white (this paper is really pretty but does not photograph well at all, hence the bad photo above), an inkjet printer, wax seals (all you need is wax and whatever kind of stamp you like-I have several and used a Fleur de Lys as well as my last name's initial), and ribbons.  You will also need some type of image processing software (I use Photoshop) and some label templates, like these:

After printing the labels onto the templates and cutting them out, I attached the ribbon by melting the wax directly onto the ribbon and label, and stamping it.  Write the name of the gift recipient and Voila!

If you like these, you might also like my Christmas gift tags, ready for you to print!

{Wine Label} Bluemont Vineyard Virginia

These 4 really neat and unique labels come from the Bluemont Vineyard in Virginia. I especially like "The Horse" label, which would look great printed on canvas right next to the other two!  I used these 3 of the 4 labels to make gift tags, which you can see under the "Project idea" page, here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

{Wine Label} Chateau Bellevue Pineau des Charentes

I really like this label and would like to own the cozy "little" house represented on this label, wouldn't you? Pineau is technically NOT a wine  but a regional French aperitif (aka pre-dinner drink, served chilled), made in the départements of Charente, Charente-Maritime . If you travel to that region, Pineau will be available just about everywhere, but much less in other parts of France, and even less abroad.  It is basically a fortified wine (it can be red or white), made from a blend of lightly fermented grape must and Cognac eau-de-vie. You drink it in small quantity since its alcohol content is higher than regular wine (about 18% depending on how aged it is, but it can go up to 22%). It is very hard to find in the US, and your best best is to shop online.

Monday, October 24, 2011

{Wine Label} Les Hauts de Castelmaure Corbières

This is one of my favorite labels. I love the color palette as well as the beautiful background engraving.  Corbières is one of the largest wine appellation in France. To distinguish the wines, Corbières is divided into 11 terroirs , located in Southwestern France.   The "terroirs" produce mainly red wines. The grape variety is Carignan for about 50% and the red wines are rich and, spicy, full body and fruity.  In that region, you will find the amazing fairy tale fortified town of Carcassonne, where you can read about it here:

Sunday, October 23, 2011

{Wine Label} Chateau La Pointe Chantecaille Saint Emilion

This beautiful wine label comes from a bottle of red Bordeaux from Saint Emilion. You can see an engraving of the (must-see!) village on the label. You can read about Saint Emilion, one of my favorite villages in France, here: