Clownfish Wine Bottle Labels
Last year my coworkers and I embarked on a year long process of making our own wine. MakeWineWithUs.com, just outside of NYC in New Jersey, offers a service where a group of people can learn how to make wine by going through the process from pressing a year’s harvest all the way through to the bottling.
It all starts with an August “kick off the season” party where my group of about 12 people met up for an Italian meal and wine tasting. During this even we sampled all the different red and white wines from a previous season so that we could choose the type of wine we wanted to make. This season we opted for a cabernet sauvignon/ cabernet franc blend and decided to make a full barrel, which equates to 21 cases with 12 bottles each.
The next event was the pressing, where we saw and tasted our grapes for the first time. By that time the grapes had begun to ferment, so there was a subtle taste of alcohol to them. We then cleaned our barrel, grabbed our bucket of grapes and loaded up the wine press.
Over the next few months there were a few events where we were invited to taste the wine over the course of its fermentation.
The season closes with the bottling of our barrel of wine. Like the pressing, this is a fairly involved experience where we clean the bottles, fill them with our wine, cork them, cap them and label them. One of the best parts is that we get to design up to four labels. I was able to design one of the labels and I decided to create a label with my Bickering Clowns painting. This is currently my most iconic painting and lends itself well to design.
The best part about doing the labels was how many of my coworkers wanted to get bottles with my label design. That always makes an artist happy.
The next season starts in August, so if you are in the area, I highly recommend that you try it out. You will not be disappointed as it is a fun informative time and you come out of it with some pretty amazing tasting wine.
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