How to Make Your Own Wine Label

Part of the fun of making your own wine is getting to personalize the wine bottles. But if you’re anything like me and your talent lies more in drinking wine than graphic design, Wine Folly has some great tips on making your own wine labels.

Wine Folly suggests mimicking commercial brand labels. Don’t copy them, but use them as inspiration. Think about the classic designs or the newer, cheeky wine labels. You might go for something old fashioned or modern. Don’t forget the basic information all wine labels should have:  the name and date of the wine, the “brand,” the actual variety or blend of the wine, and credit to the actual winery, wine and vintage.

Wine Folly: Tips on Designing Your Own Custom Wine Labels

Make Your Own Rhubarb Wine

Blueberries, pomegranates, black cherries and grapes aren’t the only wine varieties. Sometimes a vegetable will work too. Rhubarb might not be the first thing you’d think of for wine, but this sweet plant is perfect for it. And Here We are has a delicious-sounding, easy-to-follow recipe right here: Rhubarb Wine

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Don’t Fear the Sulfites

I know several people who won’t drink wine “because of the sulfites.” One friend says the sulfites trigger her asthma. Another friend is convinced that’s what gives her a headache after a night of drinking.

Maybe it’s because many wine labels say “Contains Sulfites” like a warning, but many people have the mistaken idea that sulfites are bad for you, says Will Lyons of the Wall Street Journal. Lyons writes that some of the safest foods — and ones that won’t get you drunk, like apricots — have even higher levels of sulfites than wines.

Sulfites in wine are sulfur compounds added as preservatives. They help keep wine from oxidizing and turning into vinegar.

Those bad reactions some people may have after drinking wine, such as runny noses or headaches, are probably due to other factors. However, a tiny population of people can have allergic reactions to sulfites, especially asthmatics. So, my friend is probably not off base for passing on the wine.

What does it mean when a wine is “Reserve”?

Sounds like it’s the good and fancy stuff, right? Not exactly, says Anthony Giglio of Details magazine.

When a wine has ‘Reserve” on the label, it might mean that the wine has been aged a specific amount of time depending on the regulations of the wine region. Many wineries added the term to the label if they had produced cheaper wines. However, nowadays “Reserve” is usually just a marketing ploy.

Giglio explains that only Old World, or European, wine regions regulate what can go on wine bottles. New World regions such as the United States, South America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa do not have systems for those rules and regulations.

Says Giglio: The term is so misused on American bottles that most of the wine critics and sommeliers ignore it unless we know that the producer has a sense of integrity.


Details: Ask the Wine Guy: Does “Reserve” Really Signify a Superior Wine Bottle?


Pomegranate and Black Cherry are Back!

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Royalty Free/Corbis

Two of our favorites are back on the shelves just in time for the end of summer. Stop in and stock up!

Ordering Wine

So, what’s your strategy for ordering wine when you go out to eat? Do you pick the cheapest bottle on the menu, or do you aim to impress with the most expensive?

Choose neither of those options, says sommelier Gerald Morgan, Jr. of Simplified Wine. Morgan advises picking the second cheapest wine on the menu. The next cheapest wine is often the best value — it costs the restaurant at least twice as much as the cheapest bottle.

Also consider choosing a wine from a good region. Morgan suggests Argentina, Chile and Washington state. Although, we would add a Finger Lakes wine to that list.

Pick the Second Cheapest Wine at a Restaurant for the Best Value –Lifehacker


More Award-winning Wine from Lakeland Winery!

Our wines got top awards at the 2014 New York State Fair Wine Competition. This year Sweet Spot got the Double Gold, and Silvers went to our Honey Wine and Fresh Blueberry Wine. Mon Cheri, our diamond grape wine, took home a Bronze medal.


Finger Lakes Wineries Make Awesome Rieslings and Good Value Wines

The New York Cork Report just released a really great breakdown on the Finger Lakes wine industry. They collected their data on more than 100 wineries and almost 2,000 wines from Finger Lakes wine- industry-related websites. The Cork Report admits it’s not the most scientific method, but the info is still pretty interesting about what’s being made and what’s being sold in the region. Some highlights:

  • The average price of a bottle of wine from the Finger Lakes is $16.15. This makes it one of the better value regions in the country, considering that the average cost of a bottle of wine in the U.S. was $37.62, according to a 2013 study from Wines & Vines quoted by the Cork Report.
  • Riesling is the top wine in the region. Finger Lakes rieslings have earned plenty of buzz, even from the New York Times. According to the Cork Report, 88 percent of Finger Lakes wineries in their sample produce at least one riesling.





The Pitfall to Drinking Wine? Purple-stained Teeth

I’m partial to reds, however, I’m not in love with the purple stains my favorite wines leave behind on my teeth. It’s the reason I choose white wine at any public event. I learned this lesson the hard way several years ago at a networking conference.

When I first got to the conference, I chose a cabernet sauvignon and walked around, energetically introducing myself. I felt awesome with all that bubbly energy, meeting new people, collecting business cards — until I used the ladies room and got a good look at my teeth. I tried rinsing my mouth and chewing gum, but neither of these tactics were good in a pinch. These Wine Wipes would have really come in handy that day.

A recent Yahoo News article reports that they work pretty well, so there is hope for all of us red wine lovers.

I also learned about a few “folk remedies.” Swishing some seltzer, eating hard, waxy cheeses, and even munching on crunchy fruits and vegetables are believed to help remove wine stains. Sounds a bit dubious to me. There’s also the added effect of cheese breath and celery stuck between your teeth. At least the red wine is fun.

It’s Back! Hard Limeade

It’s Back! Hard Limeade

Hard limeade is back at Lakeland Winery. Perfect for lazy weekends. Perfect for margaritas.hard  limead