What’s better than giving a bottle of wine? Receiving a bottle of wine with a personalized holiday wine label! Wine and the holidays go hand in hand since wine is the perfect beverage to serve at Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years Eve. Because wine speaks to individual tastes it’s very much a personal gift. We’ve put this gallery together to show you how fabulous holiday wine labels look. What will your wine label say for the 2014 Holidays? This post shows some easy ways to customize a bottle for Christmas, gift exchanges, wine-tasting parties or hostess gifts.
How to Use Holiday Wine Labels
TIP: Use your custom wine label on the back of the bottle so the original label is still there for the recipient to see, like this bottle of Seven Hills Riesling from the Columbia Valley. Riesling is an excellent wine to serve with dessert or after a heavy meal.
TIP: One way to add a custom holiday wine label to a bottle is to start by soaking off the existing wine label and replace it with a custom wine label. If you’re buying in bulk for a large event you can always go the Trader Joe’s route and give the infamous 2 buck Chuck. Holiday wine labels add a festive look to bottles set at buffets and make great table centerpieces.
TIP: Create a photo wine label with your family or pet’s Christmas photo. All you need is a digital photo to upload, then add your holiday greeting. Pre-designed templates with holiday backgrounds make it simple and quick.
TIP: If you don’t want to use custom wine labels then make a bottle neck hang tag, It’s an easy fuss-free option. Leave the existing wine label on the bottle like this example of Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon from Horse Heaven Hills. Type any greeting and choose a festive font. This hang tag says, “There is always time for a little wine!”
TIP: Stick the wine label you customized on a wine gift box. This is another alternative to covering up the label on a really good bottle of wine, but still keep in the holiday wine spirit!
TIP: Make a corporate holiday wine label and give a bottle to your clients. Very classy!
TIP: Include a bottle of wine with your custom greeting in a gift basket. Dress it up with ribbon and an ornament. In this photo the name of the wine was left uncovered when the holiday wine label was placed on the bottle. No surprise, but still a jolly look.
How To Choose a Wine to Give
So how do you pick wine for gifts? Start with wines you enjoy, check with the wine steward at your local wine store for recommendations, or a choose a wine rated by Wine Spectator. Living in Washington state, we have many fine wineries bottling some amazing wines. For this wine photo gallery we used some of the Washington wine picks from Seattle Met magazine. Shown below are three wines we used in our photo shoot.
“Top Washington wines under $15“
Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills 2012
Eufloria White Aromatic Blend Washington State 2013
J Bookwalter Winery Notebook 4NV Red Wine Columbia Valley NV
L’Ecole No 41 Semillon Columbia Valley 2012
Milbrandt Vineyards Traditions Pinot Gris Columbia Valley 2013
Pacific Rim Dry Riesling Selenium Vineyard Yakima Valley 2013
Saviah Cellars The Jack Riesling Columbia Valley 2013
Seven Falls Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope 2011
Seven Hills Winery Riesling Columbia Valley 2012
Sleight of Hand Renegade Rosé Columbia Valley 2013
Thurston Wolfe Albariño Yakima Valley 2013
Treveri Cellars Blanc de Blanc Extra Brut Columbia Valley NV
Wind Rose Cellars Bell Bottom White Columbia Valley 2013
Zero One Vintners Golden Delicious Riesling Columbia Valley 2012
The holiday season will be here before you know it. Don’t let it catch you unprepared. Holiday wine labels are easy to order and they arrive fast. Keep some at home to dress up last minute hostess gifts or a gift for that one person that got you something, but you forgot. No red face or awkward silence when you have something as unique as a bottle to give in an instant. Need assistance? Contact us at [email protected].