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Happy New Year 2013

Date: Fri, Jan 4, 2013 Winery Blogs

Dear Friends of Personal Wine,

We'd like to take the opportunity to thank you for a super successful 2012 and to wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2013. Our success and growth is 100% attributed to our loyal and creative customer base like yourself and we appreciate it sincerely.

Many people have chosen Personal Wine as their #1 Custom Wine Label Shop. We'd like to point out that if you are a first time customer and need help, we're live people located in Austin, TX and we love to design wine labels. Please allow us to help you. Please reach out to us by calling us at (800) 690-9463 (WINE) or by emailing usdirectly.

New to Personal Wine? Here are some unique ways Personal Wine can enhance your lifestyle...

  • Give people a custom wine gift that people will know who it came from. Use it for birthdays, weddings, retirement parties or wine parties. Corporations use them for milestone events, shareholder meetings, company meetings and for the Holidays.
  • Do you give gifts for corporate events or for employee recognition? Personal Wine is a tasteful, classy gift that will be well received and consumed. Nothing beats a gift that will be used or enjoyed...
  • Do you have customers, friends or family that are part of your annual gifting programs? Whether its personal or business, Personal Wine will make it easy for you to give a wine gift with your personalized wine label, sent directly to the recipient in as few as 3-10 business days depending on what level of shipping you select.
Why Choose Personal Wine?
  • Unlike other custom wine shops, we don't buy phantom winery labels. We go to REAL wineries and buy wines from them that have the original winery back label. This way people can search for the wine on the internet and see/read about the wine. Wine is personal and people who love wine, care about what they drink.
  • How many times did you take a bottle of wine to an event and it was received and placed with a dozen other wine bottles? Personalized wine with your custom wine label will stand out from the crowd!
  • Our wines are produced by award-winning vineyards by acclaimed winemakers. Did you know the consulting winemaker on our Diamond Mountain Claret is produced by Paul Hobbs? Did you know the Retour Winemaker is Eric Hammacher? Google these names and you'll find them regularly written and lauded by major wine writers.
  • Personal Wine has been featured on Fox and Friends, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View, Maxim Magazine and more because of the quality of the wines and our custom wine label quality.
Personal Wine would again like to thank you for allowing us to become the #1 Custom Wine Shop in the U.S. and we wish you all a spectacular 2013.

Best Wishes for 2013,

Alex Andrawes
CEO, Founder
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Build Your Brand by the Bottle

Date: Fri, Jan 4, 2013 Winery Blogs

Build Your Brand by the Bottle....sounds cool, huh?!

How many times have you walked down an aisle at a wine shop or grocery store, looked at wine label and said "that one looks cool, I think I'll try it." It took plentyof thought to get you to say and think that. Building your brand is not easy and if you do it with wine, you'll get one chance at delivering impressive results when you or someone looks and tastes your custom wine. This isn't just about taste, its about appealing to the three senses, vision, smell and taste. You are here because its all about you and so is your brand.

Wine is much more than just a blank canvas, it involves chemistry using grapes that are grown from a vine. Each year is different, each barrel produces different results.It involves expertise in packaging.That's the cool thing about wine...its constantly changing out there in the world AND inside the bottle.

Leave it up to the winemakers to make the wine, leave it up to us to Build Your Brand by the Bottle.


In Vino Veritas,
Alex Andrawes (CEO, Founder)


About Personal Wine: We are the #1 Custom Wine Label & Engraving Shop in the USA. We'd like to point out that if you are a first time customer and need help, we're live people located in Austin, TX and we love to design wine labels. Please allow us to help you. Please reach out to us by calling us at (800) 690-9463 (WINE) or by emailing usdirectly.

Here are some unique ways Personal Wine can enhance your image...
  • Give people a custom wine gift that people will know who it came from. Use it for birthdays, weddings, retirement or tastings.
  • Corporations use them for deal tombstones, events, meetings and for the Holidays.
  • Do you give gifts for corporate events or for employee recognition?
  • Personal Wine will make it easy for you to give a wine gift with your personalized wine label, sent directly to the recipient in as few as 3-10 business days with expedited options.
Why Choose Personal Wine?
  • Unlike other custom wine shops, we don't buy phantom winery labels. We go to REAL wineries and buy wines from them that have the original winery back label. Wine is personal and people who love wine, care about what they drink.
  • How many times did you take a bottle of wine to an event and it was received and placed with a dozen other wine bottles? Personalized wine and stand out from the crowd!
  • Our wines are produced by award-winning vineyards by acclaimed winemakers. Did you know the consulting winemaker on our Diamond Mountain Claret is produced by Paul Hobbs? Did you know the Retour Winemaker is Eric Hammacher? Google these winemakers...
  • Personal Wine has been featured on Fox and Friends, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View, Maxim Magazine and more because of our quality and customer service.
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Personalized Wine Countdown... 11 Days till Christmas

Date: Thu, Dec 6, 2012 Winery Blogs

On the 11th Day of Christmas
by Alex Andrawes, Founder

Just a quick reminder that if you want to order custom wine bottles for Christmas delivery, place your order on or before 12PM CST, December 14th for our Delivery Guarantee.

So you're probably seeing this website for the first time wondering... how did I miss this? Well you didn't miss it yet. We're still rockin' and a rollin' at Personal Wine cranking out custom label wine orders for some soon-to-be happy folks! We'd like to take a moment to say that even if you don't have a lot of time, please be sure to subscribe to our mailing list so that you can get promo codes and special offerings that are not normally presented on our website.

The difference between Personal Wine and our competitors is simple. We DO NOT make wine. We take hundreds of samples of wines produced by wineries and deliver them to a team of Sommliers (A certified wine education program) to taste and select the top wines we offer each year. Personalized wine has historically been a winery selling their own wine. Our business believes that a Company who disguises a wine under a new brand name isn't proud of its wine. We know you want people to know exactly where their wine comes from which is why the source of the wine is disclosed on each back of the bottles you design with a custom wine label. It shows that you took the time to think about their taste and the quality of the gift.

Custom wine bottles don't need to be expensive. On Personal Wine you can find wines that start as low as $16.99 per bottle, all the way up to $119 per bottle with a middle-of-the-road price of $29.00. We ship to 35 states so getting wine delivered to your friends and clients has never been easier.

To get help with your personalized wine order or if you need help with designing a custom wine label, please contact us to speak with a representative at (800) 690-9463.

Best Wishes this Holiday Season,

Alex Andrawes

CEO, Founder
(512) 476-9463
alex at personalwine dot com
follow me on Twitter @personalwine

If you have any questions or suggestions on how we can make our business better for you, please let me know. I care about every customer and I want your first time experience to be first class!

#personalizedwine #customwinegift #customlabelwine #customwine
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Personalized Wine Countdown... 11 Days till Christmas

Date: Thu, Dec 6, 2012 Winery Blogs

On the 11th Day of Christmas
by Alex Andrawes, Founder

Just a quick reminder that if you want to order custom wine bottles for Christmas delivery, place your order on or before 12PM CST, December 14th for our Delivery Guarantee.

So you're probably seeing this website for the first time wondering... how did I miss this? Well you didn't miss it yet. We're still rockin' and a rollin' at Personal Wine cranking out custom label wine orders for some soon-to-be happy folks! We'd like to take a moment to say that even if you don't have a lot of time, please be sure to subscribe to our mailing list so that you can get promo codes and special offerings that are not normally presented on our website.

The difference between Personal Wine and our competitors is simple. We DO NOT make wine. We take hundreds of samples of wines produced by wineries and deliver them to a team of Sommliers (A certified wine education program) to taste and select the top wines we offer each year. Personalized wine has historically been a winery selling their own wine. Our business believes that a Company who disguises a wine under a new brand name isn't proud of its wine. We know you want people to know exactly where their wine comes from which is why the source of the wine is disclosed on each back of the bottles you design with a custom wine label. It shows that you took the time to think about their taste and the quality of the gift.

Custom wine bottles don't need to be expensive. On Personal Wine you can find wines that start as low as $16.99 per bottle, all the way up to $119 per bottle with a middle-of-the-road price of $29.00. We ship to 35 states so getting wine delivered to your friends and clients has never been easier.

To get help with your personalized wine order or if you need help with designing a custom wine label, please contact us to speak with a representative at (800) 690-9463.

Best Wishes this Holiday Season,

Alex Andrawes

CEO, Founder
(512) 476-9463
alex at personalwine dot com
follow me on Twitter @personalwine

If you have any questions or suggestions on how we can make our business better for you, please let me know. I care about every customer and I want your first time experience to be first class!

#personalizedwine #customwinegift #customlabelwine #customwine
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Order Deadline for Christmas and Holiday Contest

Date: Wed, Nov 28, 2012 Winery Blogs


Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas!

A quick reminder that if you want personalized wine by Christmas delivery, please place your order no later than Friday, December 14th at 2PM CST.

Remembering a time not so long ago, when our parents woke us up and said "Santa just left, let's go look under the tree!" Christmas and the Holiday Season still has significant religious traditions, but also offers people of other faiths the ability to share and connect with others of a different view. The Holidays have always been a time to unite and share and we love being a part of it...

So in spirit of Christmas and the Holiday Season, we're launching our new Personal Wine Label Design Contest. Each week, we're going to select two winners, 1st Place and one Runner Up. The winner of the contest will win a 6 pack of personalized wine bottles (choice of red wine, white wine or mix). The runner up will receive a $20 gift certificate on Personal Wine. You can submit your custom wine label design by clicking this link.


For example are some pretty cool custom wine label designs by recent customers...





We can't wait to see your creativity in action and hopefully we can add more images to our infamous Wall of Labels located in our tasting room in Austin, TX.

Oh and by the way, if you don't have time to shop, please check this page out for a quick gift... one case of wine for $99 with Free Shipping (labels are not personalized). These wines are hand selected by a team of Sommeliers who combed thru 150 wines to get 12 of the best white and red wines available at a bargain price.

Wishing you all a Happy Holidays!

Alex Andrawes
CEO, Founder
(512) 476-9463 ext 307


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Order Deadline for Christmas and Holiday Contest

Date: Wed, Nov 28, 2012 Winery Blogs


Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas!

A quick reminder that if you want personalized wine by Christmas delivery, please place your order no later than Friday, December 14th at 2PM CST.

Remembering a time not so long ago, when our parents woke us up and said "Santa just left, let's go look under the tree!" Christmas and the Holiday Season still has significant religious traditions, but also offers people of other faiths the ability to share and connect with others of a different view. The Holidays have always been a time to unite and share and we love being a part of it...

So in spirit of Christmas and the Holiday Season, we're launching our new Personal Wine Label Design Contest. Each week, we're going to select two winners, 1st Place and one Runner Up. The winner of the contest will win a 6 pack of personalized wine bottles (choice of red wine, white wine or mix). The runner up will receive a $20 gift certificate on Personal Wine. You can submit your custom wine label design by clicking this link.


For example are some pretty cool custom wine label designs by recent customers...





We can't wait to see your creativity in action and hopefully we can add more images to our infamous Wall of Labels located in our tasting room in Austin, TX.

Oh and by the way, if you don't have time to shop, please check this page out for a quick gift... one case of wine for $99 with Free Shipping (labels are not personalized). These wines are hand selected by a team of Sommeliers who combed thru 150 wines to get 12 of the best white and red wines available at a bargain price.

Wishing you all a Happy Holidays!

Alex Andrawes
CEO, Founder
(512) 476-9463 ext 307


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Personalized Wine Gifts by Personal Wine - 2012-11-24

Date: Sat, Nov 24, 2012 Winery Blogs



What's New at Personal Wine
by Alex Andrawes, CEO/Founder

Dear Friends of Personal Wine,

We're in full holiday mode over here, working endlessly to put personalized wine and accessories in production. We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to work with you and we're honored you are considering us for your holiday wine gifts.

For those of you who are interested in using us for your Christmas Holiday wine gifts or if you're looking for a Holiday gift in general, we're happy to report that we'll be taking orders for guaranteed Christmas delivery up until 3PM on December 12th. This is our familiar guarantee to our customers that if you place your order by that date, you're recipients or you will receive your personalized wine order in time for December 25th delivery. For anyone placing an order on or after December 13th and up until December 18th, please select 2-Day shipping for Christmas delivery. We will be taking overnight orders with a Christmas guarantee all the way up to 19th of December.

If you didn't already know, Personal Wine will gladly individually ship any wine to your recipients. For these types of orders, we encourage you to call us at (800) 690-WINE (9463) for assistance. For orders over 120 bottles please feel free to speak with a representative for savings opportunities and assistance with your order.

Also, we are offering until November 30th, for a limited time, Silver Oak Napa Valley 2007 engraved or etched with your text message or logo for just $95/bottle. Orders of a case or more get Free Shipping to one location. Again, the Silver Oak offering is only available as an engraved bottle. Please call us for assistance at (800) 690-9463 (WINE).

For those who do not have time to shop, please see our Limited Edition 12th Anniversary Special Special. These wines are NOT personalized. These wines were selected from 150 samplings and combed down into 6 red, 6 white wines that exemplify terroir and deliver unbelievable savings. This 12 Pack Anniversary Special is just $99 with Free Shipping.

Once again, we sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve your custom wine label and engraving needs. We know Holiday Gifts are important and there is always a budget. If you have any suggestions on how we can make this site better, please let us know.

Happy Holidays,

Alex Andrawes
CEO, Founder
Personal Wine
(512) 476-9473 ext 307
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Personalized Wine Gifts by Personal Wine - 2012-11-24

Date: Sat, Nov 24, 2012 Winery Blogs



What's New at Personal Wine
by Alex Andrawes, CEO/Founder

Dear Friends of Personal Wine,

We're in full holiday mode over here, working endlessly to put personalized wine and accessories in production. We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to work with you and we're honored you are considering us for your holiday wine gifts.

For those of you who are interested in using us for your Christmas Holiday wine gifts or if you're looking for a Holiday gift in general, we're happy to report that we'll be taking orders for guaranteed Christmas delivery up until 3PM on December 12th. This is our familiar guarantee to our customers that if you place your order by that date, you're recipients or you will receive your personalized wine order in time for December 25th delivery. For anyone placing an order on or after December 13th and up until December 18th, please select 2-Day shipping for Christmas delivery. We will be taking overnight orders with a Christmas guarantee all the way up to 19th of December.

If you didn't already know, Personal Wine will gladly individually ship any wine to your recipients. For these types of orders, we encourage you to call us at (800) 690-WINE (9463) for assistance. For orders over 120 bottles please feel free to speak with a representative for savings opportunities and assistance with your order.

Also, we are offering until November 30th, for a limited time, Silver Oak Napa Valley 2007 engraved or etched with your text message or logo for just $95/bottle. Orders of a case or more get Free Shipping to one location. Again, the Silver Oak offering is only available as an engraved bottle. Please call us for assistance at (800) 690-9463 (WINE).

For those who do not have time to shop, please see our Limited Edition 12th Anniversary Special Special. These wines are NOT personalized. These wines were selected from 150 samplings and combed down into 6 red, 6 white wines that exemplify terroir and deliver unbelievable savings. This 12 Pack Anniversary Special is just $99 with Free Shipping.

Once again, we sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve your custom wine label and engraving needs. We know Holiday Gifts are important and there is always a budget. If you have any suggestions on how we can make this site better, please let us know.

Happy Holidays,

Alex Andrawes
CEO, Founder
Personal Wine
(512) 476-9473 ext 307
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Personalized Wine Gifts by Personal Wine - 2012-11-18

Date: Sun, Nov 18, 2012 Winery Blogs

Celebrating 12 Years of Personalized Wine

by Alex Andrawes, CEO & Founder


This year, we've celebrated over 12 years in the business of personalized wine bottles and champagnes. Since 2000, after graduating from college, I had the vision of a company that would be customer service oriented with a focus on obtaining the highest quality wines and combining them with our customer's designs. Personalized wine is not an easy thing to select, and giving customers' the ability to select from defined list of "the best" is a yearly goal that we set at Personal Wine. From the time wine enters the bottle at the winery, we are on the hunt. Thousands of miles in airplanes and panels of wine sommeliers (Educated wine experts) yield a careful selection of 30-50 wines that make the final cut. This is what we offer at Personal Wine...fine wine with customized labels.

Wine is not unlimited, at least not fine wine. Fine wine isn't made in a tank using a clear formula. Wine is dependent on the land where the grapes are grown commonly referred to as terroire, and then dependent on weather and finally the hands that are used to carefully craft wines into masterpieces. At Personal Wine, we select wines that come from great fruit, produced in the optimal climates and blended/produced by the greatest winemakers of our time. While our competition is focused on sales, we're focused on repeat business and we know that will only come by giving you the highest quality experience inside and outside the bottle.

Personalize your wine label, select your personalized wine bottle and then check out. Three simple steps which are not as easy as you'd think when it comes to making a wine label design tool that enables quick ordering. We've spent over three decades worth of man hours studying habits and how people use our previous designers to give you a label designer so simple, even technically challenged people will enjoy using our wine label design tool.

We know that price is always an issue in this day and age and as a result, we're committed to offering our customers wine deals and promotions that will keep you coming back for more. We also know that wine is the quintessential gift, going back more than 10,000 years. At Personal Wine we want you to know that we are aware you'll likely be using us for your Holiday and Christmas wine gifts and we are honored you've chosen us. Please let us know how we can improve our personalized wine selections and custom wine label designs.

Thank you and have a Happy Holidays!

Alex Andrawes
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
(512) 476-9463 ext 307

P.S. If you get a chance to sign up, please do so. We promise we only send good offers mostly two to four times per month.
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Personalized Wine Gifts by Personal Wine - 2012-11-18

Date: Sun, Nov 18, 2012 Winery Blogs

Celebrating 12 Years of Personalized Wine

by Alex Andrawes, CEO & Founder


This year, we've celebrated over 12 years in the business of personalized wine bottles and champagnes. Since 2000, after graduating from college, I had the vision of a company that would be customer service oriented with a focus on obtaining the highest quality wines and combining them with our customer's designs. Personalized wine is not an easy thing to select, and giving customers' the ability to select from defined list of "the best" is a yearly goal that we set at Personal Wine. From the time wine enters the bottle at the winery, we are on the hunt. Thousands of miles in airplanes and panels of wine sommeliers (Educated wine experts) yield a careful selection of 30-50 wines that make the final cut. This is what we offer at Personal Wine...fine wine with customized labels.

Wine is not unlimited, at least not fine wine. Fine wine isn't made in a tank using a clear formula. Wine is dependent on the land where the grapes are grown commonly referred to as terroire, and then dependent on weather and finally the hands that are used to carefully craft wines into masterpieces. At Personal Wine, we select wines that come from great fruit, produced in the optimal climates and blended/produced by the greatest winemakers of our time. While our competition is focused on sales, we're focused on repeat business and we know that will only come by giving you the highest quality experience inside and outside the bottle.

Personalize your wine label, select your personalized wine bottle and then check out. Three simple steps which are not as easy as you'd think when it comes to making a wine label design tool that enables quick ordering. We've spent over three decades worth of man hours studying habits and how people use our previous designers to give you a label designer so simple, even technically challenged people will enjoy using our wine label design tool.

We know that price is always an issue in this day and age and as a result, we're committed to offering our customers wine deals and promotions that will keep you coming back for more. We also know that wine is the quintessential gift, going back more than 10,000 years. At Personal Wine we want you to know that we are aware you'll likely be using us for your Holiday and Christmas wine gifts and we are honored you've chosen us. Please let us know how we can improve our personalized wine selections and custom wine label designs.

Thank you and have a Happy Holidays!

Alex Andrawes
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
(512) 476-9463 ext 307

P.S. If you get a chance to sign up, please do so. We promise we only send good offers mostly two to four times per month.
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Personal Wine Suggestions for the Holidays

Date: Mon, Nov 12, 2012 Winery Blogs



We'd like to take a moment to honor and pay our respect for the millions of people out there who have served in the United States Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Special Forces. Thanks to you we enjoy our liberties and we salute you. We wish you warmth, happiness and fortune not just today, but every single day. Thank you so much!

Have you thought about your holiday gifts this year? Waiting for the last minute? For the past 8 years, Personal Wine has sold out of our wine selections and based on our current order volume, it will happen again this year. So we're giving you a couple reasons why you should think about it now...

When was the last time you checked out Personal Wine? Where else can you get a personalized wine gift that tastes great, under $40 delivered for a single bottle, and under $20 when ordered by the case? Here are a few reasons why we are the best at personalized wine bottles and engraved wine bottles :

  • Our new wine label designer gives you faster order time, typically less than 10 minutes.
  • New Atlas Peak Syrah, Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville Sauvignon Blanc, and Spanish Rioja available for custom labeling or engraving
  • A new Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon from the heralded 2007 vintage will arrive for Christmas shoppers. This wine is AMAZING and can cellar up to 25-30 years with proper storage at $75/bottle.


Thanksgiving Turkey Wine Pairings

White wines are a must-have pre-dinner glass. Paired perfectly on the white side with dry or sweet Riesling, Torrontes or Viognier. These wines have a distinguished nose and they have medium to higher acidity which doesn't dominate the palate. In fact these wines have acidity that will give the foods a cutting taste which will help break down the fattiness in the meal. With that said, its no crying shame to bust out the higher acidity chardonnays which are no doubt a game bird's best friend. With higher acidity, you have the choice on buttery or bone-dry chardonnay. Buttery chardonnay is barrel aged and typically found in California. For bone-dry chardonnay try Oregon Chardonnay or head to Santa Barbara California.

On the red side there are a plethora of options. Spanish wines are all the rave these days, due to their balance, tannins and bold fruit. One thing you don't want to do is open up a bottle of tannic, dry wine. This will absolutely dwarf the turkey's taste. Consider the following options including Pinot Noir with lighter styles coming from Oregon and Burgundy, France. These wines are a bird's best friend. With spice, backwards fruit and a lighter style, they are feminine wines designed to accentuate poultry. If you want something on the more masculine side, then head to California's Sonoma Coast for some heavier style Pinot Noirs.

Other red wines to consider includeGarnacha - lighter in style than most Spanish varietals, but has spice, soft tannins and acidity that is uniquely designed to tear into fatty turkey, also pairs well with stuffing. Its got a cranberry-like taste to it (but no sour or sweet), almost tart-like. These wines are not expensive, which gives it a big plus. Rhone Valley - Rhone Valley wines are syrah blends. While syrah or shiraz tends to be full bodied and jammy, with loads of fruit, Rhone Valley wines contain blends of Mourvedre and Grenache which tone down the fruit, while maintaining tannic structure and balance. For hundreds of years, monks in the South of France cultivated and produced these wines in a very sustainable way that continues today. Lower in sulfites and higher in tannins, these are considered to be the most healthy choices in wines out there.

We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner with our suggestions and if you need any advice on wines or pairings, please hit me up on Twitter @personalwine or via Facebook.

Best wishes for the 2012 Holiday Season!

Alex Andrawes
CEO, Founder
(800) 690-WINE
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Personal Wine Suggestions for the Holidays

Date: Mon, Nov 12, 2012 Winery Blogs



We'd like to take a moment to honor and pay our respect for the millions of people out there who have served in the United States Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Special Forces. Thanks to you we enjoy our liberties and we salute you. We wish you warmth, happiness and fortune not just today, but every single day. Thank you so much!

Have you thought about your holiday gifts this year? Waiting for the last minute? For the past 8 years, Personal Wine has sold out of our wine selections and based on our current order volume, it will happen again this year. So we're giving you a couple reasons why you should think about it now...

When was the last time you checked out Personal Wine? Where else can you get a personalized wine gift that tastes great, under $40 delivered for a single bottle, and under $20 when ordered by the case? Here are a few reasons why we are the best at personalized wine bottles and engraved wine bottles :

  • Our new wine label designer gives you faster order time, typically less than 10 minutes.
  • New Atlas Peak Syrah, Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville Sauvignon Blanc, and Spanish Rioja available for custom labeling or engraving
  • A new Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon from the heralded 2007 vintage will arrive for Christmas shoppers. This wine is AMAZING and can cellar up to 25-30 years with proper storage at $75/bottle.


Thanksgiving Turkey Wine Pairings

White wines are a must-have pre-dinner glass. Paired perfectly on the white side with dry or sweet Riesling, Torrontes or Viognier. These wines have a distinguished nose and they have medium to higher acidity which doesn't dominate the palate. In fact these wines have acidity that will give the foods a cutting taste which will help break down the fattiness in the meal. With that said, its no crying shame to bust out the higher acidity chardonnays which are no doubt a game bird's best friend. With higher acidity, you have the choice on buttery or bone-dry chardonnay. Buttery chardonnay is barrel aged and typically found in California. For bone-dry chardonnay try Oregon Chardonnay or head to Santa Barbara California.

On the red side there are a plethora of options. Spanish wines are all the rave these days, due to their balance, tannins and bold fruit. One thing you don't want to do is open up a bottle of tannic, dry wine. This will absolutely dwarf the turkey's taste. Consider the following options including Pinot Noir with lighter styles coming from Oregon and Burgundy, France. These wines are a bird's best friend. With spice, backwards fruit and a lighter style, they are feminine wines designed to accentuate poultry. If you want something on the more masculine side, then head to California's Sonoma Coast for some heavier style Pinot Noirs.

Other red wines to consider includeGarnacha - lighter in style than most Spanish varietals, but has spice, soft tannins and acidity that is uniquely designed to tear into fatty turkey, also pairs well with stuffing. Its got a cranberry-like taste to it (but no sour or sweet), almost tart-like. These wines are not expensive, which gives it a big plus. Rhone Valley - Rhone Valley wines are syrah blends. While syrah or shiraz tends to be full bodied and jammy, with loads of fruit, Rhone Valley wines contain blends of Mourvedre and Grenache which tone down the fruit, while maintaining tannic structure and balance. For hundreds of years, monks in the South of France cultivated and produced these wines in a very sustainable way that continues today. Lower in sulfites and higher in tannins, these are considered to be the most healthy choices in wines out there.

We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner with our suggestions and if you need any advice on wines or pairings, please hit me up on Twitter @personalwine or via Facebook.

Best wishes for the 2012 Holiday Season!

Alex Andrawes
CEO, Founder
(800) 690-WINE
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Election Day 2012 Wine Poll

Date: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 Winery Blogs



Whether good times or tough times We the People like to drink our wine, regardless of the state of the economy. Can our government take away alcohol again just like the did in the old days of Prohibition? Not going to happen, no way...

This is why the 2012 Elections are so important and in the Spirit of America, to keep things straight, we're releasing for the first time ever the 2012 Election Wine Poll. The rules are simple...Go to the
Personal Wine Election 2012 Site

1. Simply select your Label and Customize the text
2. Choose your wine
3. Guess the Electoral College vote tally by putting your Red States vs Blue States in the Order Notes Field in the Check Out Process
    Depending on the label you select, we'll keep a tally of Obama vs. Romney Labels which will reveal the REAL election results. At the Order Checkout, in the order notes field, guess the total electoral college votes in this election. If you win, you'll get a FREE CASE OF WINE, valued up to $500 which you can customize to your liking.

    Either way, you WIN and so does America!

    Cheers, The Personal Wine Crew
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    Election Day 2012 Wine Poll

    Date: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 Winery Blogs



    Whether good times or tough times We the People like to drink our wine, regardless of the state of the economy. Can our government take away alcohol again just like the did in the old days of Prohibition? Not going to happen, no way...

    This is why the 2012 Elections are so important and in the Spirit of America, to keep things straight, we're releasing for the first time ever the 2012 Election Wine Poll. The rules are simple...Go to the
    Personal Wine Election 2012 Site

    1. Simply select your Label and Customize the text
    2. Choose your wine
    3. Guess the Electoral College vote tally by putting your Red States vs Blue States in the Order Notes Field in the Check Out Process
      Depending on the label you select, we'll keep a tally of Obama vs. Romney Labels which will reveal the REAL election results. At the Order Checkout, in the order notes field, guess the total electoral college votes in this election. If you win, you'll get a FREE CASE OF WINE, valued up to $500 which you can customize to your liking.

      Either way, you WIN and so does America!

      Cheers, The Personal Wine Crew
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