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Summer Ends and Fall Begins...

Date: Tue, Aug 10, 2010 Winery Blogs

Perhaps its too early to hope for Fall, but the Holidays are right around the corner. I spent the past several weeks sourcing new wines for Wines.com for the 2010 Holidays and we've managed to pick up several incredible new wines from the US, Chile and France. This coming Christmas and New Years, think about the special people in your life. Perhaps a friend is looking to retire from their career or maybe your sister just bought her first home. Do you have a friend getting married? Do you send out Holiday gifts to your clients?

I founded Personal Wine back in 2000 completely by mistake. I wanted to give gifts to my top customers for the holidays so I bought some wines from a store, soaked off the labels and re-labeled them with my design. The idea was so well received by my peers at the office, they asked me to do their Holiday gifts and my boss actually gave me a week off to do the whole Company's Holiday gifts. It was the most fortunate holiday I ever had because simple creativity went a long way and the response we got from our clients was enormous. I still speak with some of my clients today as our client relationship gravitated towards friendship. If your best customers support you, why are they not your friends? They should be!

The past two years have been extremely challenging for most people across the globe. People are watching their pocketbooks ever so closely. While I encourage you to save, please don't forget about the special people, even if you get them a card that tells them "Thank You." It will go a long way to keep you in your friends' thoughts! Let them know you care and they are on your mind.

I wish all of you the best in life and tremendous happiness. Feel free to reach out to me personally with any questions about our wine selections, label designs and don't forget I'm all over Twitter and Facebook too!

Peace, love and happiness!


Alex Andrawes
CEO and Founder
Personal Wine
(512) 476-9463 ext 304
Find me on Twitter @personalwine

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Summer Ends and Fall Begins...

Date: Tue, Aug 10, 2010 Winery Blogs

Perhaps its too early to hope for Fall, but the Holidays are right around the corner. I spent the past several weeks sourcing new wines for Wines.com for the 2010 Holidays and we've managed to pick up several incredible new wines from the US, Chile and France. This coming Christmas and New Years, think about the special people in your life. Perhaps a friend is looking to retire from their career or maybe your sister just bought her first home. Do you have a friend getting married? Do you send out Holiday gifts to your clients?

I founded Personal Wine back in 2000 completely by mistake. I wanted to give gifts to my top customers for the holidays so I bought some wines from a store, soaked off the labels and re-labeled them with my design. The idea was so well received by my peers at the office, they asked me to do their Holiday gifts and my boss actually gave me a week off to do the whole Company's Holiday gifts. It was the most fortunate holiday I ever had because simple creativity went a long way and the response we got from our clients was enormous. I still speak with some of my clients today as our client relationship gravitated towards friendship. If your best customers support you, why are they not your friends? They should be!

The past two years have been extremely challenging for most people across the globe. People are watching their pocketbooks ever so closely. While I encourage you to save, please don't forget about the special people, even if you get them a card that tells them "Thank You." It will go a long way to keep you in your friends' thoughts! Let them know you care and they are on your mind.

I wish all of you the best in life and tremendous happiness. Feel free to reach out to me personally with any questions about our wine selections, label designs and don't forget I'm all over Twitter and Facebook too!

Peace, love and happiness!


Alex Andrawes
CEO and Founder
Personal Wine
(512) 476-9463 ext 304
Find me on Twitter @personalwine

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Weddings on the Bottle...

Date: Wed, May 26, 2010 Winery Blogs

Last year in September, I married the gal of my dreams. I must admit that I was leery of having a traditional wedding, but we decided it would be fun to get everyone we knew into one room and throw it down big. We secured a beautiful location nestled within a valley with a sunset facing view which we felt would add to the ambiance of the DJ playing our favorite tunes.

Being a bit of a wine guy, I was compelled not to disappoint our guests with substandard food or wine. Our menu included an excellent garden salad with tuna carpaccio or sauteed portobello mushrooms in a balsamic reduction sauce. We paired these wines with Remoissenet Puligny Montrachet, a lovely chardonnay from the Burgundy region in France and Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc which went well with the table cheese plate (brie, blue, and truffled goat cheese).

Entrees included halibut seared in a raspberry walnut sauce with green beans or NY medallions tenderized in a molasses Worcester sauce combination served with grilled potatoes and veggies. Dinner was paired with 2004 Nadia (a Bordeaux blend from the Santa Barbara Highlands) and 2007 Laetitia Pinot Noir, a delicious red that displays notes of both Burgundy and California.

Food and wine are married to each other, if one part doesn't match with the other, there's going to be some friction. It makes dancing even more fun and really sets the tone for the evening. I really can't stress enough how important it is to make sure that your friends and family have some kind of reward for the distance they've traveled to send you off. Its the recipe for the total feel-good wedding!

If you or someone you know is getting married and they need a food pairing, then email me at alex at personalwine dot com and I will be happy to suggest a harmonious pairing.

And... don't forget to give them the gift of personalized wine! I can help with that too...

Best in life,

Alex Andrawes
Founder of Personal Wine

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Weddings on the Bottle...

Date: Wed, May 26, 2010 Winery Blogs

Last year in September, I married the gal of my dreams. I must admit that I was leery of having a traditional wedding, but we decided it would be fun to get everyone we knew into one room and throw it down big. We secured a beautiful location nestled within a valley with a sunset facing view which we felt would add to the ambiance of the DJ playing our favorite tunes.

Being a bit of a wine guy, I was compelled not to disappoint our guests with substandard food or wine. Our menu included an excellent garden salad with tuna carpaccio or sauteed portobello mushrooms in a balsamic reduction sauce. We paired these wines with Remoissenet Puligny Montrachet, a lovely chardonnay from the Burgundy region in France and Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc which went well with the table cheese plate (brie, blue, and truffled goat cheese).

Entrees included halibut seared in a raspberry walnut sauce with green beans or NY medallions tenderized in a molasses Worcester sauce combination served with grilled potatoes and veggies. Dinner was paired with 2004 Nadia (a Bordeaux blend from the Santa Barbara Highlands) and 2007 Laetitia Pinot Noir, a delicious red that displays notes of both Burgundy and California.

Food and wine are married to each other, if one part doesn't match with the other, there's going to be some friction. It makes dancing even more fun and really sets the tone for the evening. I really can't stress enough how important it is to make sure that your friends and family have some kind of reward for the distance they've traveled to send you off. Its the recipe for the total feel-good wedding!

If you or someone you know is getting married and they need a food pairing, then email me at alex at personalwine dot com and I will be happy to suggest a harmonious pairing.

And... don't forget to give them the gift of personalized wine! I can help with that too...

Best in life,

Alex Andrawes
Founder of Personal Wine

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Personal Wine Mother's Day... Don't End Up in the Dog House!

Date: Tue, Apr 27, 2010 Winery Blogs

Mother's Day comes upon us this May 10th! Here's a nice Mother's Day personalized wine story that literally brought a ton of joy to my heart. This is the story about Melissa and Johnny. Johnny's mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease a few years ago. Melissa (Johnny's wife) called me to place an order for Johnny's Mother's Day gift. Because time was of the essence our team of label designers created a nice custom label featuring a vintage 40's picture of Johnny's mom and dad at their engagement party. Johnny knew his mom was not suppose to drink wine due to her condition. Mother's Day came, and Johnny and Melissa took the bottle over to the care facility to give to Johnny's mother. Upon receiving the gift Johnny's mom took a glance at the bottle and things popped into place for Elizabeth (Johnny's Mom). She immediately started to talk about her wedding day and those who attended as if the event was taking place before her eyes. For a moment, it was as if everything was normal and for Johnny, Melissa and Elizabeth it was the perfect moment... (written by Alex Andrawes, CEO of Personal Wine)

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Personal Wine Mother's Day... Don't End Up in the Dog House!

Date: Tue, Apr 27, 2010 Winery Blogs

Mother's Day comes upon us this May 10th! Here's a nice Mother's Day personalized wine story that literally brought a ton of joy to my heart. This is the story about Melissa and Johnny. Johnny's mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease a few years ago. Melissa (Johnny's wife) called me to place an order for Johnny's Mother's Day gift. Because time was of the essence our team of label designers created a nice custom label featuring a vintage 40's picture of Johnny's mom and dad at their engagement party. Johnny knew his mom was not suppose to drink wine due to her condition. Mother's Day came, and Johnny and Melissa took the bottle over to the care facility to give to Johnny's mother. Upon receiving the gift Johnny's mom took a glance at the bottle and things popped into place for Elizabeth (Johnny's Mom). She immediately started to talk about her wedding day and those who attended as if the event was taking place before her eyes. For a moment, it was as if everything was normal and for Johnny, Melissa and Elizabeth it was the perfect moment... (written by Alex Andrawes, CEO of Personal Wine)

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Oh My...Is it Wedding Season Already?

Date: Mon, Apr 5, 2010 Winery Blogs

Technically its already Spring and has been for a couple weeks, although winter has been particularly harsh this year. Wild flowers, birds chirping, short sleeve shirts and mini skirts are all popping up as April brings forth springtime fashion and... the celebration of Wedding Season! At Personal Wine, we're no stranger for the quest of the perfect personalized wedding gift.

If you've stumbled upon our site looking for information on the proper wines to serve at your wedding, then we'd love to help you with advice using a simple calculation that will save you time and money. The glass of wine is typically a two and a half ounce (2 oz) pour. There are 5 full glasses of wine inside every bottle. Unless your demographic is substantially different, you should forecast at least an 80% of the people at your wedding party will consume alcohol of some fashion. Most will have 1.5 drinks per hour, especially if dinner is to be served. This doesn't include champagne toast which is much easier to forecast using the same calculation above, except that you get 6 glasses per bottle. To make the process of understanding this much easier here is a simplified breakdown...

For a party of 100 people, lasting 4 hours, forecasting 80% of the attendees will drink wine, eighty (80) people will have at least one glass of wine per hour (probably a bit more) with a maximum of four-five glasses per person. To be on the safe side, without having too much wine at the end of the party, you should budget 60-70 bottles of wine. The most safe assumption is that 70% of all wine drinkers stick with red wine or move to beer & hard liquor. We recommend that parties of 100 purchase four-five cases of red wine and two cases of white. You'll need exactly 20 bottles of champagne or sparkling wine for the toast.

If the calculations above got you dizzy, the next part is the most fun. Every year, our wedding business gets substantially larger as brides and grooms stumble around looking for the best wedding favors at preferably favorable prices. Personal Wine has you covered! We'll label or engrave any wine in our menu at a price that's not only going to make you smile, it rewards your bridesmaid or groomsmen for their commitment you. At the end of the day, if you ask yourself "What would I want?" you'll hear yourself answering "Something I will use or enjoy." This is why at Personal Wine we always say that a gift of custom labeled wine is the gift of class and taste combined, that will surely be enjoyed by everyone...

Congratulations on your celebration, and we sincerely honor your business!

Alex Andrawes
CEO, Founder
Personal Wine
(512) 476-9463 ext 304

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Oh My...Is it Wedding Season Already?

Date: Mon, Apr 5, 2010 Winery Blogs

Technically its already Spring and has been for a couple weeks, although winter has been particularly harsh this year. Wild flowers, birds chirping, short sleeve shirts and mini skirts are all popping up as April brings forth springtime fashion and... the celebration of Wedding Season! At Personal Wine, we're no stranger for the quest of the perfect personalized wedding gift.

If you've stumbled upon our site looking for information on the proper wines to serve at your wedding, then we'd love to help you with advice using a simple calculation that will save you time and money. The glass of wine is typically a two and a half ounce (2 oz) pour. There are 5 full glasses of wine inside every bottle. Unless your demographic is substantially different, you should forecast at least an 80% of the people at your wedding party will consume alcohol of some fashion. Most will have 1.5 drinks per hour, especially if dinner is to be served. This doesn't include champagne toast which is much easier to forecast using the same calculation above, except that you get 6 glasses per bottle. To make the process of understanding this much easier here is a simplified breakdown...

For a party of 100 people, lasting 4 hours, forecasting 80% of the attendees will drink wine, eighty (80) people will have at least one glass of wine per hour (probably a bit more) with a maximum of four-five glasses per person. To be on the safe side, without having too much wine at the end of the party, you should budget 60-70 bottles of wine. The most safe assumption is that 70% of all wine drinkers stick with red wine or move to beer & hard liquor. We recommend that parties of 100 purchase four-five cases of red wine and two cases of white. You'll need exactly 20 bottles of champagne or sparkling wine for the toast.

If the calculations above got you dizzy, the next part is the most fun. Every year, our wedding business gets substantially larger as brides and grooms stumble around looking for the best wedding favors at preferably favorable prices. Personal Wine has you covered! We'll label or engrave any wine in our menu at a price that's not only going to make you smile, it rewards your bridesmaid or groomsmen for their commitment you. At the end of the day, if you ask yourself "What would I want?" you'll hear yourself answering "Something I will use or enjoy." This is why at Personal Wine we always say that a gift of custom labeled wine is the gift of class and taste combined, that will surely be enjoyed by everyone...

Congratulations on your celebration, and we sincerely honor your business!

Alex Andrawes
CEO, Founder
Personal Wine
(512) 476-9463 ext 304

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Our 10th Year Anniversary Officially March 5th!

Date: Tue, Mar 2, 2010 Winery Blogs

On March 5th, we celebrate 10 years in the personalized wine business. Our dedication and satisfaction at Personal Wine comes from the amount of joy we contribute to your special occasion. We honor the fact that you have chosen Personal Wine as your #1 Custom Wine company in the U.S. and we want to offer you a chance to tell us the "Adventure of a Personal Wine."

Please send us feedback and your stories and you'll have a chance to get a 20% off coupon on your next order and a chance to win a FREE CASE OF WINE for your next event.
To better your chance of winning, send us a story about your occasion, and the reaction and feedback you got when you showed up with Personal Wine. Everyday we hear new and interesting stories and we want to hear from you!

Once again, thank you for 10 Years in Business. We will always be committed to service and quality to the most meticulous customer at Personal Wine!


Cheers,


Alex Andrawes

CEO, Founder

(800) 690-WINE

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Our 10th Year Anniversary Officially March 5th!

Date: Tue, Mar 2, 2010 Winery Blogs

On March 5th, we celebrate 10 years in the personalized wine business. Our dedication and satisfaction at Personal Wine comes from the amount of joy we contribute to your special occasion. We honor the fact that you have chosen Personal Wine as your #1 Custom Wine company in the U.S. and we want to offer you a chance to tell us the "Adventure of a Personal Wine."

Please send us feedback and your stories and you'll have a chance to get a 20% off coupon on your next order and a chance to win a FREE CASE OF WINE for your next event.
To better your chance of winning, send us a story about your occasion, and the reaction and feedback you got when you showed up with Personal Wine. Everyday we hear new and interesting stories and we want to hear from you!

Once again, thank you for 10 Years in Business. We will always be committed to service and quality to the most meticulous customer at Personal Wine!


Cheers,


Alex Andrawes

CEO, Founder

(800) 690-WINE

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Personal Wine Celebrates 10 Years with You!

Date: Fri, Jan 15, 2010 Winery Blogs

The concept was conceived in a totally cliche way...A BAR NAPKIN with some writing. I wish I remembered to keep it but unfortunately that night was spent celebrating what has become a pretty great idea. It was 2000, and I had just graduated from college. I had a small business and did a little day trading, taking advantage of the dot-com boom. A few weeks after graduation a friend of mine who subsequently now owns the Texas Hunt Lodge in Kerrville, TX. Aaron and I spent the first few weeks finding Texas wineries to participate in the personalization of wines. Because wine laws had not changed since prohibition for the most part, it became a challenge to craft laws and interpret them to allow us to personalize labels. Wine labels are actually governed by Federal and State agencies. Eventually, 9 months later, we got the green light from the government.


We launched a site within a few weeks, bought a printer and actually returned a few too. Sporadically orders came in and we filled them, and shipped them out. It was a true start-up, self funded and we were two young punks in the wine business! Another cause for celebration...

The phones kept ringing about availability of other wines, Australian, California, Chilean and French wines. It took a lot of time to convince winemakers who have long fought to preserve brands to release in small quantities their premium labels but eventually we won the trust. The quality of the wines kept improving which was my goal all along. I realized very quickly that my other competitors had what we call "plonk" juice, wine unsold at the winery which was sold as blending wines to other wineries to increase production. In my opinion, that's cheating the customer, and you're never going to win their hearts by providing them with substandard product. Three years later we got our first massive order, 12,000 bottles for a movie premier, all labeled by hand. I had no fingerprints after that order, but I was a very happy man.

Fast forward to 2007 up to the present day. I know the three reasons for our success are attributed to the quality of the wines we select, the quality of the labels we use and the fanatical customer service that we provide. Our mission is simple: Provide the highest quality product to the most meticulous customer. As the CEO and Founder of Personal Wine, my team and I would like to thank you for 10 Years of Business. We appreciate and love each customer and we will continue to deliver what we feel is the best personalized wines on the market.

Wishing you health, prosperity and good wine in 2010,
Alex Andrawes (In the picture, far right, inspecting some pinot noir on the vine)
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Personal Wine Celebrates 10 Years with You!

Date: Fri, Jan 15, 2010 Winery Blogs

The concept was conceived in a totally cliche way...A BAR NAPKIN with some writing. I wish I remembered to keep it but unfortunately that night was spent celebrating what has become a pretty great idea. It was 2000, and I had just graduated from college. I had a small business and did a little day trading, taking advantage of the dot-com boom. A few weeks after graduation a friend of mine who subsequently now owns the Texas Hunt Lodge in Kerrville, TX. Aaron and I spent the first few weeks finding Texas wineries to participate in the personalization of wines. Because wine laws had not changed since prohibition for the most part, it became a challenge to craft laws and interpret them to allow us to personalize labels. Wine labels are actually governed by Federal and State agencies. Eventually, 9 months later, we got the green light from the government.


We launched a site within a few weeks, bought a printer and actually returned a few too. Sporadically orders came in and we filled them, and shipped them out. It was a true start-up, self funded and we were two young punks in the wine business! Another cause for celebration...

The phones kept ringing about availability of other wines, Australian, California, Chilean and French wines. It took a lot of time to convince winemakers who have long fought to preserve brands to release in small quantities their premium labels but eventually we won the trust. The quality of the wines kept improving which was my goal all along. I realized very quickly that my other competitors had what we call "plonk" juice, wine unsold at the winery which was sold as blending wines to other wineries to increase production. In my opinion, that's cheating the customer, and you're never going to win their hearts by providing them with substandard product. Three years later we got our first massive order, 12,000 bottles for a movie premier, all labeled by hand. I had no fingerprints after that order, but I was a very happy man.

Fast forward to 2007 up to the present day. I know the three reasons for our success are attributed to the quality of the wines we select, the quality of the labels we use and the fanatical customer service that we provide. Our mission is simple: Provide the highest quality product to the most meticulous customer. As the CEO and Founder of Personal Wine, my team and I would like to thank you for 10 Years of Business. We appreciate and love each customer and we will continue to deliver what we feel is the best personalized wines on the market.

Wishing you health, prosperity and good wine in 2010,
Alex Andrawes (In the picture, far right, inspecting some pinot noir on the vine)
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Design a Wine Label, Select a Wine and WIN BIG!

Date: Sat, Nov 28, 2009 Winery Blogs


QUICK UPDATE BEFORE YOU READ THE BLOG! ALL ORDERS PLACED ON OR BEFORE DEC 18TH ARE GUARANTEED TO ARRIVE BEFORE CHRISTMAS DAY!

We're constantly adding all the new wine labels that have hit the "Wall of Fame" here at Personal Wine and we've noticed some interesting patterns of which we'd love to share some of the statistics. Every week, we get at least 6 wedding proposals on wine labels and at least 30-40 engagement themed labels. Over 200 custom designs for corporations and individuals using Personal Wine as a holiday gift. Over 60 custom designs featuring pets, mostly dogs and over 150 seperate birthday labels. As you can see there is no limit to the application of a personalized wine bottle. We associate each label like an adventure whether it be quitting a job, celebrating a new thrilling rollercoaster, supporting a cause like PAWS Animal shelter or perhaps playing with different Chistmas themes..


All I know is its pure entertainment these days at the warehouse. Creativity from around the country pours in and we continue to build a wall of interesting custom wine labels. Happy Holidays from the folks at Personal Wine! Again, there is a contest going on, design a cool label save it to your account, email us your submission by simply sending us an email from your registered account to contest @ personalwine dot com, and you'll be entered to win a free $200 case of wine with your design on it!
Best wishes, Alex, Stacey, Blake, Tony, Victor, Cindy, Annie, Buckley, the Two Justins, Dave Joshua and Mike!
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And the Winners Are....

Date: Fri, Oct 30, 2009 Winery Blogs

Its November the 8th. We enter into the holiday season with serious love for all our fans! Our label design contest is on full swing and we have some winners. Again, anyone can enter and you don't have to order anything. Just create a sweet label design, register it to your account and then email me at alex@personalwine.com with "Label Contest" in the subject headline. One winner each week gets a free case of wine with their label design, up to $200 in value!

Since 2000, Personal Wine has dominated the personalized wine market simply because we select awesome wines available for your custom labeling. You can order one bottle or more and custom label the wine with no design, set up fees. We source only the highest quality premium brands, and all of our wines come with the original winery back labels so your friends, family, and clients know exactly what they are drinking. Buy personalized wine from PersonalWine.com this month and get free shipping by the case of 12 bottles or if you buy 1-6 bottles, we'll include FREE organza mesh wine bags with each bottle.

Oh yeah, lots of people are asking...do you include gift messages with the bottles? Yes, that's done in the checkout phase.

Second most asked question... are you including receipts in boxes? NO! We assume all orders are gift orders so no receipts or bills are in our boxes.

AND THE WINNERS FOR OUR LABEL DESIGN CONTEST ARE...

Brandon Sopinsky - winner on the week of October 17th! Wins a free case of wine up to $200 in value! Brandon created this ultra cool modern day romance label for a buddy's wedding. Anyways he didn't even know about the contest until I emailed him and said..."you gotta enter this one in. Its really cool!"



Pat Lawson from Scottsdale Arizona! I love dogs (and cats too). This watercolor using a beautiful golden retriever hit home for me. I too have a Golden and I know the love a pet can bring. Well done. Its simple and classy! You get a free case of wine $200 value!

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