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The Post Which Could Have Many Names

Blog post title is something I consider to be important, may be even essential. Good title facilitates the flow of thoughts and actually, once I get a title in and I’m happy with it, the writing usually flows effortlessly.

The post you are reading could’ve have many different titles, such as “More Creative Wine Labels”, “City Winery with Worldly Wines”, “Secret Wine Santa Over-delivers”, “Art in and of the Wine Labels”, or “Better Late Than Never” and I’m sure I would be able to come up with a few more – hence the title you see at the top. As for all of these possible titles – read on and you will figure it out.

As some of you know, there is a game of Secret Wine Santa, originated by Jeff a.k.a The Drunken Cyclist – here is Jeff’s post about it from the last year. The game, of course, is played closer to the actual Santa-related period. All participants get assigned a random recipient, who then gets from the secret Wine Santa one or two bottles of wine, preferably arriving before Thanksgiving. If you think that I have a nerve talking about Wine Santa when the temperatures on the East Coast are trailing above 90°F – well, may be I do. But I have an excuse – I always wanted to play this game twice a year, but shipping wine during summer is not good for the wine, so much for that thought – but then at least I get to talk about it (no, I didn’t plan it like that – life did).

Of course the Santa stays secret only until the wine arrives. When I opened the box, I found a nice handwritten note from Nancy Koziol, introducing me to the two absolutely gorgeous looking bottles from the winery I never heard of, called Brooklyn Oenology:

Brooklyn Oenology

Going beyond the beautiful labels, it turned out that the wines are produced by Brooklyn Oenology, the first urban winery in the New York City – they have a tasting room open in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, so technically right in my backyard (still never visited them so far). Brooklyn Oenology, or BOE for short, sources their grapes from around the New York state (as you can see below in the wine descriptions) and in the future they even plan to bring actual winemaking facilities into Brooklyn.

Now, talking about the labels – not only they are beautiful, but to top that off, BOE really thought of the people like myself, who spend countless hours trying to neatly peal off the labels from the bottles for the notes journals. These labels are peel off labels – how smart is that! I can’t help it not to share this paragraph from the About page on the BOE web site:

“In addition to sourcing New York grapes, BOE draws upon the Brooklyn and greater New York areas to create its identity. Each wine’s label showcases contemporary art by a Brooklyn artist and features a new piece of work for each vintage. They’re not just for viewing; they are double-layer, easy-to-peel stickers, so the customer can preserve the artwork”.

What is most important, that these wines are not just labels – they are first and foremost, unique, different and delicious wines.

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For what it worth, here are my notes:

2012 Brooklyn Oenology Gewürztraminer Finger lakes, New York (12.8% ABV, 100% Gewurztraminer, fermented with skin and seeds)
C: concentrated gold, the wine is made with the “orange wine” methodology
N: concentrated honeyed fruit initially, but then quite closed, not perfumy at all, which is usually a trait of Gewürztraminer
P: very unusual, more of a qvevri style, clean acidity, very restrained, but opens up to some nice finish with touch of fruit.
V: 8-, very thought provoking, interesting wine

2010 Brooklyn Oenology Motley Cru North Fork of Long Island, New York (13.5% ABV, 57% Merlot, 19% Syrah, 14% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon)
C: dark garnet
N: warm, inviting, ripe sweet fruit, blueberries
P: medium to full body, soft, round, fresh fruit, touch of pepper, violet, clean acidity, excellent balance, long lingering finish. On the third day the wine became even more polished. Delicious.
V: 8, an excellent bottle of wine, good for all occasions.

Here is the story of [yet again] boundless creativity and passion in the world of wine. Thank you wine Santa for this wonderful discovery – and I already can’t wait to see what next November might bring. Cheers!

  1. May 30, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Very interesting concept – wine santa! I would be up for that…an unrelated query…what is “more of a qvevri style”mean? cheers Drew

    • talkavino
      May 30, 2016 at 10:11 am

      I like Wine Santa very much – this is lots of fun. You will have to start your own, though, as shipping wine internationally would be truly daunting…
      Qvevri is a clay vessel, which had been used in Republic of Georgia for the winemaking for thousands of years. Wine is typically fermented and aged in qvevri together with the skin and seeds, so the resulting wines are some of the best examples of so called “orange wines”. Here is a link to one of my past articles talking about qvevri: https://talk-a-vino.com/2015/01/21/traditions-of-wine/

  2. May 30, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Love the Wine Santa! those bottles are beautiful 🙂

    • talkavino
      May 30, 2016 at 10:14 am

      You can join us next time – this is open for all! I will make sure to reblog the announcement post when we will do it this year, so you will know when the secret santa will be taking place.

  3. June 17, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Peel off labels! Genius!! And that’s my takeaway, you’re probably wondering, lol! 🙂

    • talkavino
      June 18, 2016 at 9:17 am

      Considring how much time I spend peeling off the labels, the peel-off labels are a pure genius, I agree.

  4. December 18, 2018 at 9:06 am

    First, thank you for this lovely post which I’m embarrassed I didn’t discover sooner. Second, thank you for the head’s up on the labels! I had NO IDEA they were peel off.

    • December 18, 2018 at 9:39 am

      Well, yes, just a touch late – had to re-read my own post to understand what I was thanked for 🙂 So you are welcome and thank you again 🙂 And as far as labels are concerned, I’m a label junkie with probably 15+ journals stuffed around the shelves, so if the label is designed to be pilled off – yes, bring it on! Happy Holidays!

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