Thursday, July 30, 2015     Volume: 30, Issue: 1

Weekly Poll
What do you look for when you’re picking out a wine?

Hints of tobacco, notes of ripe cherry and dried currant, and a great mouth feel.
Something that’s cheap, so I won’t feel guilty after drinking the whole bottle.
A great label with an artistic touch and keen descriptors always gets me.
I don’t care, just hand over the box.

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Image makers: The art of wine branding and labeling

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Image makers: The art of wine branding and labeling


All wine labels share one common purpose: They’re trying to sell wine. But the art of creating an effective wine label goes far beyond simple marketing. Wine labels can tell a story, communicate ideas, and create brand recognition that turn wine drinkers into loyal customers.  About 330 million cases of wine are sold annually in the U.S., and every one of those bottles... [ Read More ]

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