Beginner’s Guide to Wine Festivals in the US, Part 2 (July – December)

A few months ago we presented to you some of the best US wine festivals that are held between January and June. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to take a pick from our list and do some fantastic wine tasting while traveling across the country. Today we’re following up with a list of increasingly popular beverage and food festivals that are held in the second part of the year. If you missed out on the unique kind of fun that can only be found at wine, beer and specialty food tasting events, here’s another chance to pick a place to go.

July

North Market Ohio Wine Festival, July 7-9, 2017

If you’ve never been in Columbus, Ohio, this is a great opportunity to get to know the place. North Market is organizing a fun wine tasting weekend in July where visitors will get a chance to pair Ohio’s finest foods and wines from wineries across the state. You get to keep all the wine you buy, plus a souvenir glass.

Finger Lakes Wine Festival, July 14-16, 2017

This is a pretty big festival where over 80 wineries from the New York State showcase their best wines. The three-day event also has lots in store for visitors in terms of fun and education, including live music, culinary classes, cooking demonstrations, regional artisans presenting their crafts, etc. Note that the festival is not open to minors, nor are visitors allowed to bring pets.

L’Eté du Vin, Nashville, July 20-22, 2017

If you’re interested in adding a humanitarian dimension to your wine tasting adventure, you might be interested in checking out this year’s L’Eté du Vin, an annual charity wine auction organized by Nashville Wine Auction organization. Their main goal is to raise money to support the fight against cancer, which they’ve been successfully doing through their exciting wine tasting events.

Oakland Wine Festival, July 15, 2017

The Third Annual Oakland Wine Festival will take place at the Fairmont Hotel in Oakland, California. This festival has a more luxurious note to it, so visitors who purchase tickets will be able to enjoy a fancy dinner at an intimate table where a well-known winemaker or sommelier will also be seated to demonstrate how to pair spectacular wines with a fabulous four-course summer-themed meal. Ticket prices range from $25 to $145, so there’s a package for everyone’s pocket.

Niagara USA Wine Festival, July 29-30, 2017

Niagara Falls are famous for the three powerful waterfalls that millions of people go to see each year, but this region is also special for growing grapes! So, if you’ve been planning to see this tourist destination, perhaps July 29-30 would be the perfect time for that. The two-day wine festival that’s organized that weekend will be packed with fun wine-related events, from wine tasting seminars to wine expert panel discussions, trivia contests, live music and more.

August

Steamboat Wine Festival, August 9-13, 2017

Here’s a beautiful city of Steamboat Springs (Colorado) you may never would have visited if it weren’t for the amazing four-day Steamboat Wine Festival. It’s a place where master winemakers, cooks, artisans, winery and brewery owners/representatives and curious visitors meet to indulge in tasting and talking about wine. Of course, food tasting events and cooking demonstrations are included as well.

Nebraska Balloon Wine Festival, August 11-12, 2017

If you’re into hot air balloons, this is the wine festival for you. On August 11 & 12 you’ll be able to enjoy the hot air balloon launches and glows while drinking Nebraska’s best wine, eating the Midwest’s most delicious barbeque and listening to this state’s popular musicians. Good news for parents: it’s a family-friendly event! The organizers are preparing fun arts & crafts displays and pony rides for the kids, so no need to look for babysitters.

Vintage Ohio Wine Festival, August 4-5, 2017

Deemed the premier wine event of the year, the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival really is the place to try out some of the world-class wines, including fruit wines made from strawberries, blackberries, peaches and raspberries. Aside from the main product – wine – visitors will also be able to enjoy delicious food, cooking demonstrations, live music, artisan shows, fireworks, and the cosy “colorful tents and picnic tables” atmosphere.

September

Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest, September 9-10, 2017

This is a wine fest with a long (15-year) tradition, so if you’re thinking of paying Rhinebeck, NY a visit on September 9 & 10 for a taste of specialty wines, you can’t go wrong. Since this is a registred farm market, you’ll get a chance to meet New York winemakers and purchase the wines directly from the producers.

Greenwich Wine and Food Festival, September 22-23, 2017

Founded six years ago, the Greenwich Wine and Food Festival gathers 5,000 food and wine connoisseurs from across the country, offering visitors a chance to savor amazing wines, see (and participate in) excellent cooking demonstrations, as well as meet celebrity chefs and local culinary talent. Renowned musical bands are a great addition to the festive atmosphere.

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, September 2-3, 2017

If you don’t know where to spend this year’s Labor Day, look no further. The Sonoma Wine Country Weekend will be held on September 2 and 3 and it will be packed with breath-taking events such as: elegant dinner and wine tasting at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville, winemaker lunches and dinners at vineyards, an auction to benefit charity, and more.

October

Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, October 20 – November 5, 2017

The combination of a lush island such as Hawaii and wine-tasting events during the course of three weekends is probably how many people imagine paradise. If you have the opportunity, mark your calendar and pay this wonderful destination in the Pacific a visit at the end of October/beginning of November. You’ll get a chance to meet internationally acclaimed chefs, dedicated wine producers and other wine connoisseurs, as well as enjoy fun excursions, cooking demonstrations and local food.

New York City Wine and Food Festival, October 12-15, 2017

Here’s another wine and food festival that’s actually more about charity. The amazing thing about it is that ALL proceeds go to charity. So, if you’re in the giving mood, check out NYC’s wine festival, meet celebrity chefs from Food Network who’ll be cooking for you, take a cake-decorating class from Martha Stewart and don’t miss the tasting class organized by Wine Spectator Magazine! As the organizes claim, you’ll be spending four days with people who will be there to “eat, drink and end world hunger.”

November

Denver International Wine Festival, November 1-3, 2017

This wine festival is organized by wine journalists, so if you’re only interested in wine, and not so much in culinary events, music and other attractions that usually accompany such festivals, this is the place to check out. Every year there’s an exciting Food and Wine Pairing Competition where Colorado chefs compete to cook a perfect meal that goes with the festival’s best wines. If you’re in the audience, you’ll get a chance to taste these delicacies and vote for the winner.

Napa Valley Film Festival, November 8-12, 2017

Here’s another interesting festival that doesn’t only focus on wine, but puts another interesting phenomenon in the spotlight: movies. Napa Valley Film Festival visitors will get a chance to taste 100 different wines and view 100 movies in 12 different locations in Napa Valley. Film lovers will meet directors, actors, producers, celebrities and attend an ultra fun festival kick-off party (all the while tasting local wines and food).

Virginia Moonshine Festival, November 19, 2017

If you’re more of a one-day event person, check out Virginia’s Moonshine Fest. It’s famous for being the first of its kind festival in the state. Visitors will meet with master distillers, talk about their products, eat and drink as much as they can, and enjoy the local music. Pets are not allowed, but children are (though the organizers warn parents the event doesn’t have much to offer in terms of kids entertainment).

December

Ouray Wine Chocolate and Cheese Festival, December 9, 2017

If wine is not enough to bring you to Colorado on December 9, how about the combination of wine, chocolate and cheese? This festival is all about these three delicious things and their producers who will team up to give the best tasting experience to visitors. The organizers have also expanded their program last year, so now visitors will also be able to try distilled liquors, see and purchase local arts and crafts, and have fun listening to live music.

Clearwater Beach Uncorked, December 2-3, 2017

What better time to enjoy the beach than in December, when the winter has set in and we’re already craving sun? If that sounds inviting, check out Clearwater Beach Uncorked. Word of mouth has it that it’s the hippest beachfront gastronomic event in Florida. For a decent price you’ll be able to “wiggle your toes in the sugar white sand while enjoying the finest fare and wines this side of fabulous”, as the organizers promise.

This list of wine festivals in the US will help you pick the right place (and time) for exploring different wine brands in the upcoming months. If you happen to fall in love with some new brand that you’d gladly purchase, don’t forget to check out their wine labels and make sure everything is according to standards.

Create Wedding and Event Labels with Labeley

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new labels category brought to you by the diligent Labeley team: event labels! Up to now, Labeley users were able to create beer, wine and other drink labels, kids stickers, fun emoji and holiday tags, but the introduction of event labels (such as wedding labels, corporate party stickers, baby shower tags, etc.) really adds a lot to the range and variety of stickers users can design using this nifty free online labels maker.

We’ve mentioned a few potential situations when you’d need event stickers, but here’s a list of many more, so you’d know when to turn to Labeley for help:

– Weddings

– Engagement parties

– Baby showers

– Bachelor parties

– Birthday parties

– Corporate events

– Housewarming parties

– Fundraising events

– Charity events

– After-party thank-you notes

– High school and college reunions

– Retirement celebrations

– Anniversaries

  and more…

So if you’re part of the event planning team, you’ll find that Labeley’s event stickers can really help you with the organization. You can use them as event invitations, organizational tags that you can place next to each guest’s plate or glass at their seating place, or you can use them as part of the decoration (depending on your imagination and creativity).

The best part of exploiting our labels creator is the fact that it’s fantastically user-friendly and completely free.

5 Easy Steps to Creating Wedding and Event Labels

 

Step 1

Pick a suitable label shape from this category: http://labeley.com/events

Step 2

Add details that will make the shape look livelier, such as border and background. You just need to click on the option you like in each of these categories. In the backgrounds folder you’ll find the option to change your label’s background color as well, not just the pattern.

Step 3

Now explore the wonderful collection of event label illustrations in the Graphic folder. You can add one or more images, as you see fit. You can also reposition and resize them using the arrows that will appear around the image.

 

Step 4

You can also apply any other photo to your label. Just click on the Upload option on the left-hand side of the screen, then on the Upload Image button, and you’ll be able to upload any image saved to your computer. It can be a photo of the wedding partners, logo of your company, or anything else that would be suitable for the occasion.

Step 5

In this last step you can add any text you wish to your label. Go to the Text category, click on the Create Text button, and use the empty box to write appropriate words. Then choose appropriate font, color, style and weight for your letters.

And that’s it! All that’s left to do is to print your label using Labeley’s professional printing services or your own home printer.

You’ve just added a more engaging, personalized note to the important event you’re organizing. Congrats!

 

Spread Love This Valentine’s Day Using Romantic Labels You Designed

Once again we’re thrown into the mass hysteria of the greatest love holiday in the Western hemisphere. With only a few days left until Valentine’s Day, a large percentage of people are getting ready to surprise their loved ones with some sort of romantic gift. Those are usually: candy, flowers, jewelry, romantic dinners, or something more imaginative. Though everyone knows that love should be shared and expressed all throughout the year, Valentine’s Day inspires people to soften up and make some serious decisions, which is why there are so many marriage proposals (about 6 million!) exactly on this day.

The Origins of The Most Romantic Holiday

How did it all start, do you know? Unfortunately, there are no clear records of how Valentine’s Day originated. What we know for sure is that there were a couple of Catholic priests who were called Valentines and who were martyred in the third century. For one of them it is said that he tried to convert the Roman emperor Claudius to Christianity, which is why he was executed. But while he was in jail, his jailer’s daughter visited him and he cured her blindness. They possibly fell in love and he left her a note which was signed “Your Valentine”. That’s how the expression “From your Valentine” supposedly originated.

Another Catholic priest called Valentine was persecuted by the Roman emperor because he performed marriages against the emperor’s command. Again, this is a legend so we can’t be sure this is what really happened. But according to the story, the emperor forbade his men to marry because he believed they were stronger in wars when not distracted by women and marriage. However, the priest disobeyed the order and married lovers in secret. However, the secret was revealed and Valentine was executed.

Some people also associate Valentine’s with a pagan Roman fertility festival Lupercalia which was performed mid-February in the early centuries of the new era. However, it was only centuries later that February 14th and Valentine’s Day became associated with love and romance.

How to Use Romantic Labels to Show Your Love

If you’re among the majority of people who get excited about Valentine’s Day and like to honor the day by doing something extra romantic, here’s an idea that will certainly make your holiday surprise a little different this year. Make unique romantic labels using Labeley, the free online label maker. First we’ll show you how to do that, and then we’ll tell you how to use the labels.

Visit Labeley and Start Designing.

Choose any of the categories that Labeley offers and explore their design options (graphics, backgrounds, fonts). Then settle on one category that you like the most.

Don’t worry if you don’t find any graphic that you like for this particular occasion. Labeley allows you to upload any image you want and completely personalize your romantic label.

Let’s say you choose the General category. Click on any shape you like on the left hand side.

Now click on Border and Background options to select design options that you like. This is the only category that doesn’t have graphic templates. Go ahead and click on the Upload option to select any romantic image you want for your label. It can be a photo of your partner, or any other love symbol you like. Search for appropriate image on some free photo sharing website.

Now go to the Text option and click on Create Text. Here you’ll be given numerous options for writing out appropriate text on your label. Write in the box that says “Enter text here” and choose your desired font, color, width, etc.

In the end you can go back to all the design options and change them, if you don’t like what you created. It’s really easy to do. And here’s a romantic label we created in only a few minutes:

Now you can go ahead and print out several of these labels and apply them to different objects in your home, so that your partner can keep finding them all throughout the day. First, you can put them up on a visible place: on curtains, the door (so they’ll see the note when they leave for work), on the refrigerator. Then you can apply them to the toothbrush, remote control, inside the book they are reading, etc. Let love guide your imagination!

You can also simply send this label as a card the traditional way: via snail mail.

Hopefully you’ll have fun exploring Labeley and ways it can help you plan the perfect Valentine’s Day. Enjoy spreading the love!

Make Your Own Emoji Stickers with Labeley

It is interesting that people throughout the world have been trying hard to invent a common language that everyone would use – Esperanto – but it didn’t take very successfully. Meanwhile, the emoji language spread so naturally since the 1990’s that most people who use electronic devices are familiar with it.

Of course, that can easily be explained by the digital revolution. It’s not surprising that the introduction of a completely new (digital) reality would follow along with its own language. And that’s what emojis basically are. They are ideograms that people who communicate via electronic devices such as computers, phones and tablets use. Emojis also include smileys and emoticons, but they are much more than that. Everyone who has a smartphone or Facebook profile knows how interesting and elaborate these little visuals can be. It seems like they can reflect our almost every mood, emotion and action. For example, there are simpler emojis such as the one that is crying from laughter or the one that has little hearts instead of eyes. But there are more complicated ones, such as the representations of animals (panda, camel, frog, and tons more), representations of food, tools, activities, objects…

So, following this popular trend, the Labeley team decided to create a new label design category, which would allow its users to create fun, up-to-date emoji stickers for all occasions. With completely new shape templates and design elements such as eyebrows, faces and glasses, users can have a new and even more entertaining experience with our online label maker than ever before.

To create your very own emoji sticker that is fully personalized and unique, use Labeley Emoji just like you’ve used it to create beer and wine labels, kids stickers, etc. If you’ve never used Labeley before, here’s what you need to do:

Go to: http://labeley.com/emojis

Start by choosing one of the label shapes on the left.

Next, go to the Background feature and pick a color for your label. You’ll do that by scrolling the color palette and clicking on the color you like, and then by moving the little black dot on your chosen color square to choose the right hue. When you got it right, click on Choose.

Now have fun going through the Eyebrows, Face and Glasses options. You’ll find lots of designs for eyes, mouths, noses, eyebrows and glasses that you can play with until you’re happy with the outcome. Each design element can be resized and repositioned using appropriate arrows, as shown in the image.

Once you’re done with the emoji face, go to Text. Click on the Create Text button and all the options will appear: the box where you should insert your text, available fonts, color, font style and font weight. Once you type in your word in the appropriate box, it appears on the labels. There you can move it with your mouse, and use the same reposition and resize arrows that we mentioned in the previous step. When you finish, click Done.

If you have some photos or design elements on your computer that you would rather use than the ones Labeley offers, you can click on the Upload option and upload any photo you want. That way you can fully personalize your emoji sticker.

Finally, save the design to your Labeley account or download it on your computer.

If you’re having an office party, it would be a great idea to print these fun emoji stickers on quality material and apply them to party accessories, bottles, glasses, etc. Explore different ideas for how to use your very own printed emoji, and in the meantime practice perfecting your label design skills with Labeley!

 

How to Throw a Superhero Themed Party Using Labeley

There’s no age limit to being a superhero comic book or movie fan. The superhero mania is so widespread that the movie and toy industries thrive on people’s desire to possess all sorts of superhero objects: from Halloween costumes and T-shirts, to party accessories, mugs, alarm clocks, and other entertainment and home decor objects.

Some of the best known superheroes are Superman, Spiderman, Batman, X-men, Spawn, Conan, Sandman, Asterix and Hellboy.

Hence, when it comes to your choice of superhero for a party costume or T-shirt, it is really wide. Often it is not easy to choose, because different characters have different super powers or skills, and it’s difficult to decide who’s the most powerful. There are many debates, especially among kids, about who the most powerful superhero is. Some claim it’s Superman, others put their bets on Batman, Spiderman or Hulk…

If you belong to this this important club of comic book hero fans, here’s an idea for your next party: create completely personalized labels with images of different superheroes and apply them to beverage, wine and beer bottles or glasses. If you’re going to a party, a box full of superhero-labeled beer bottles will be a very welcome and unique gift.

Create Superhero Labels Using the Labeley App

If you’re new to this blog, it will help you to first go through this easy tutorial on using Labeley. You’ll get the hang of using the app quickly, because it is very intuitive and easy to figure out.

Here’s how to create awesome superhero labels:
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Pros and Cons of Digital, Offset and Flexo Printing

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Most average label users don’t know much about the label printing process. They are mostly concerned about the visual aspect of their label and often don’t even think about label material or printing techniques. However, an uninformed and poor choice of label material (for example, unprotected paper for moist conditions) can make your overall product look unprofessional and cheap.

So, before ordering labels for your product, learn how to decide on the appropriate label stock and try to get familiar with different types of label printing. The most common printing techniques are digital, offset and flexo. Let’s take a look at the key the differences between, as well as the pros and cons of each technique.
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7 Chocolate Labels and Designs That Will Tempt Any Chocolate Non-Eater

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In celebration of the National Chocolate Day, we decided not only to eat chocolate all day long on October 28, but also to learn something new. For example, all of us know pretty well how chocolate is consumed. Many of us will even claim that are experts in the field. But how many of you really know how chocolate is made?

It is presumed that chocolate beverages have been in use for over three thousand years, which basically makes chocolate almost as old as first great civilizations and even older than written language in Mesoamerica. This beautiful product comes from the tropical cacao tree that has a strong, bitter taste, so cocoa seeds need to be fermented. Afterwards the beans are dried and roasted, the shell is removed and the cacao nibs that are left are ground into cocoa mass which is then liquefied – that is called chocolate liquor and it can be made into solids or butter.

How Chocolate Labels and Packaging Affect Consumers

The production process is usually of less interest to consumers. What they relish in is the taste of chocolate, but true chocolate connoisseurs also appreciate one more thing – how chocolate is packaged. The product’s packaging and labels go a long way. When they are stylishly designed, they can be to blame for breaking chocolate non-eaters’ vow not to eat this delicious treat.

There are too many chocolate brands, wrappers and chocolate labels in the world for us to even mention them here, but today we decided to share with you 7 designs that we especially like. This collection of lovingly created designs might inspire you to try to create something similar using Labeley.

1) Let’s start with a classic clean look of the Green & Black’s chocolate packaging designs. All the important information about the product is visible, and the simple design shows elegance, class and authority.
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Spook Your Friends with These Scarily Fun Halloween Labels

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Every year in October we can rely on having crazy fun dressing up in scary costumes and spooking our friends properly. It’s that time of the year again and though Halloween is not until the end of the month, preparations are well under way. It’s not like you can get ready for Halloween in a day, or even a week. And while you’re thinking about how to dress up this time and be super original, there’s something you can do right away: create fun Halloween labels and apply them to stuff in your office, around your home, or send them as Halloween party invitations (if you’re the party host this year).

Labeley is the right place for creating perfect Halloween labels. Until recently, the platform mostly focused on wine, beer and kids stickers, as well as on labels for general purposes. However, its newest holidays category addition with tons of delightful illustrations will make planning out the upcoming holiday season even more inspiring. Since the season starts with Halloween, let’s see how you can create stickers that will both amuse and terrify your friends, coworkers, etc.

How to Design Eerie Stickers with Labeley

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Small Business Tip: How to Choose the Right Label Material for Your Product?

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We talked about the importance of visually powerful and stimulating product labels and what you need to consider in order to design labels like a pro. With the right research on the type of buyers you want to attract and with good design, you’ve laid your groundwork for successful sales. However, there’s another important element to take into account before finalizing your product: choosing the right label material. If you’re new to product labeling, you might not be aware of how critical this step can be. It might be useful to hear about some of the negative experiences of people who chose the wrong type of label stock for their application.

What Can Go Wrong with Label Stocks and Adhesives?

Product labels are applied to different types of surfaces, from irregularly shaped boxes and jars to rough and slippery materials. There is no universal label stock that can work on all these shapes and surfaces. For example, if you decide to save some money on label material and go with commonly used plain paper, you need to know that paper labels are only good for products that will be stored in moderate, non-humid conditions. If you plan to use labels on things that will be washed or exposed to humidity in some other way, chances are that the labels will peel off, the printed ink will run/smear, and the label with important information about the product will stop being useful to its users. Therefore, poorly chosen label material for your product can be a good enough reason for buyers to stop purchasing your product.

Vinyl and polyester labels are sturdy and are commonly used for waterproof labels, but it’s also important to know when not to use them. If you need labels for cosmetic products, software equipment, non-washable toys, etc. there is no need to spend more money on expensive polyester because quality coated paper will do just fine.

How to Determine Which Label Material to Use with Labeley

If you’ve already used Labeley and needed to print designs using our professional printing services, you know that Labeley offers 9 different types of label stock. They pretty much cover all the products and situations that require product labeling. If you’re having doubts which of the 9 materials to choose, here’s a brief explanation for each:
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Beginner’s Guide to Wine Festivals in the US, Part 1 (January – June)

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People have been cultivating wine since as early as 4,000-5,000 years B.C. The first wine festivals were probably held in Greece in honor of Dionysus, Greek god of wine and fruitfulness. Wine was also drank at other types of social gatherings, so it seems that our love for the wine & talk combination spans the millenniums.
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