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Great wines, fugly labels

#1 Post by Matthew King » January 11th, 2019, 2:57 pm

More label fun:

What world-class wine do you think has a label that doesn't do the wine justice?

My vote: Keller G-Max
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#2 Post by C Chen » January 11th, 2019, 3:04 pm

Never liked the Arcadian label, but Ridge is an easy winner for the ugly label contest.
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#3 Post by C Chen » January 11th, 2019, 3:06 pm

The new Vilmart Rubis plain white labels are pretty ugly, too. They were far nicer in holographic pink.
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#4 Post by m. ristev » January 11th, 2019, 3:15 pm

still can't get over that jean yves bizot uses papyrus font on his label
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#5 Post by YLee » January 11th, 2019, 3:21 pm

Myriad. Looks like something a kid came up with.

Edit: just realized the post was about great wines. I never had Myriad. Just think their labels are ugly.
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#6 Post by JohnP » January 11th, 2019, 3:25 pm

YLee wrote:
January 11th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Myriad. Looks like something a kid came up with.

Edit: just realized the post was about great wines. I never had Myriad. Just think their labels are ugly.
What do you think of their Dr. Crane Elysian label? In my opinion, it's as classy as Harlan Estate.
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#7 Post by YLee » January 11th, 2019, 3:28 pm

JohnP wrote:
January 11th, 2019, 3:25 pm
YLee wrote:
January 11th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Myriad. Looks like something a kid came up with.

Edit: just realized the post was about great wines. I never had Myriad. Just think their labels are ugly.
What do you think of their Dr. Crane Elysian label? In my opinion, it's as classy as Harlan Estate.
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#8 Post by C Chen » January 11th, 2019, 3:30 pm

YLee wrote:
January 11th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Edit: just realized the post was about great wines.
Same. Oops. [highfive.gif]
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#9 Post by Matthew King » January 11th, 2019, 3:34 pm

C Chen wrote:
January 11th, 2019, 3:30 pm
YLee wrote:
January 11th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Edit: just realized the post was about great wines.
Same. Oops. [highfive.gif]
No worries. Many would consider Ridge Monte Bello a great wine.

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FYI, I think Cayuse uses that ugly avatar/papyrus font as well

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#10 Post by Matt A u s t i n » January 11th, 2019, 3:39 pm

C Chen wrote:
January 11th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Never liked the Arcadian label, but Ridge is an easy winner for the ugly label contest.
I have always loved the Ridge label. A classic in my opinion.
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#11 Post by YLee » January 11th, 2019, 3:46 pm

Here's the Myriad semillon.
Why have a yellow "Y" and "mcgah family vineyard" in front of yellow liquid? I get what they are trying to do but my opinion is it's not good from artistic POV.
Why the boring white label and bad choice of font?
The vintage looks like price of wine.
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#12 Post by Dave H. » January 11th, 2019, 4:03 pm

Matt A u s t i n wrote:
January 11th, 2019, 3:39 pm
C Chen wrote:
January 11th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Never liked the Arcadian label, but Ridge is an easy winner for the ugly label contest.
I have always loved the Ridge label. A classic in my opinion.
Agree. The Ridge labels are perfect imo.
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#13 Post by Bryan Carr » January 11th, 2019, 4:15 pm

Matthew King wrote:
January 11th, 2019, 3:34 pm

FYI, I think Cayuse uses that ugly avatar/papyrus font as well
Yeah the Cayuse labels are absolute garbage. On the other hand, I sort of think the Hors Categorie labels are so bad they're good.
Ridge labels are classic, but not in an old world "this wine has been made here since time immemorial" sense, it's more in a quintessentially American way, like a vintage couch, or the post offices in Los Angeles County that are constructed almost entirely of breeze blocks.
Screagle's label is pretty crap as is the name.
I also don't like wines that have pictures of rocks on the label.
I happen to like Arcadian's labels, they're also sort of retro, they make me think of early color film credit splash screens. I'm sensing a theme here...
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#14 Post by Maxwell A. » January 11th, 2019, 8:13 pm

I kinda like the Keller labels...and I actually really like the Ridge labels.

In some cases, I think a producer and or specific wine being great sometimes makes me develop a liking for the label, even if it's "fugly"

Oh, so one label I do not like at all - Grivot.
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#15 Post by Maxwell A. » January 11th, 2019, 8:24 pm

also, I think the outer-space looking Laurent Ponsot labels are horrible.
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#16 Post by Andrew Demaree » January 11th, 2019, 8:53 pm

Interesting. I actually like the simplicity of both the Ridge label and the Myriad label.
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#17 Post by Matt Mauldin » January 11th, 2019, 8:56 pm

Matt A u s t i n wrote:
January 11th, 2019, 3:39 pm
C Chen wrote:
January 11th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Never liked the Arcadian label, but Ridge is an easy winner for the ugly label contest.
I have always loved the Ridge label. A classic in my opinion.
Agreed. I think it has a timeless classic look and is a great design.
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#18 Post by RyanC » January 11th, 2019, 9:06 pm

Terrible labels:
Jadot
Bouchard
Grivot
Pacalet
Guillaume Gilles
Alzinger
Mikulski
Dublere
Guigal (anything)

Best Labels:
Roumier
Jayer
Rousseau Chambertin
Chave Hermitage
Ridge
Lopez de Heredia
Hudelot Noellat
Dom Perignon
Knoll
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#19 Post by Maxwell A. » January 11th, 2019, 9:23 pm

RyanC wrote:
January 11th, 2019, 9:06 pm
Terrible labels:
Jadot
Bouchard
Grivot
Pacalet
Guillaume Gilles
Alzinger
Mikulski
Dublere
Guigal (anything)

Best Labels:
Roumier
Jayer
Rousseau Chambertin
Chavez Hermitage
Ridge
Lopez de Heredia
Hudelot Noellat
Dom Perignon
Knoll
I like the Jadot labels. Bouchard actually just changed their labels, the new ones do look better. I agree, the old ones were pretty bad. Guigal could use some new labels...
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#20 Post by Maxwell A. » January 11th, 2019, 9:34 pm

I never posted my favorites, so here they are:

Clape
Raveneau
Arnot Roberts
Ceritas
Domaine de la Cote (I really like the maps on the back)
Hofgut Falkenstein
Lafarge
Hudelot Noellat
Rousseau Chambertin
Dagueneau Blanc Fume de Pouilly (music score label)
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#21 Post by RyanC » January 11th, 2019, 9:42 pm

Maxwell A. wrote:
January 11th, 2019, 9:34 pm
I never posted my favorites, so here they are:

Clape
Raveneau
Arnot Roberts
Ceritas
Domaine de la Cote (I really like the maps on the back)
Hofgut Falkenstein
Lafarge
Hudelot Noellat
Rousseau Chambertin
Dagueneau Blanc Fume de Pouilly (music score label)
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Good list. I forgot about Willi Schaefer. Love those. In fact a lot of the Germans are good (Prum, Von Schubert, Egon Muller ...) Lafarge great call too.
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#22 Post by Maxwell A. » January 11th, 2019, 9:45 pm

RyanC wrote:
January 11th, 2019, 9:42 pm
Maxwell A. wrote:
January 11th, 2019, 9:34 pm
I never posted my favorites, so here they are:

Clape
Raveneau
Arnot Roberts
Ceritas
Domaine de la Cote (I really like the maps on the back)
Hofgut Falkenstein
Lafarge
Hudelot Noellat
Rousseau Chambertin
Dagueneau Blanc Fume de Pouilly (music score label)
Willi Schaefer
Good list. I forgot about Willi Schaefer. Love those. In fact a lot of the Germans are good (Prum, Von Schubert, Egon Muller ...) Lafarge great call too.
Thanks. Yeah, I agree on the other German labels too.
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#23 Post by SteveG » January 12th, 2019, 5:40 am

Under nonfugly, besides being good wine, I think this is a beautiful label; the gold highlight on the map shows the vineyard location for this particular wine (note also the coordinates above):

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#24 Post by Steve Bird » January 12th, 2019, 6:44 am

The Lewis label is fugly.
https://cdn.ct-static.com/labels/1392753.jpg

But I think that the Schrader Old Sparky is cool
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#25 Post by Rob Weaver » January 12th, 2019, 7:01 am

Hard to get much worse than Myriad.
Hate the Rhys labels, but more because it’s difficult to read the designation.

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#26 Post by Bdklein » January 12th, 2019, 7:11 am

I think what's on the outside is not as important as what's on the inside.

And I don't want to have to pay more money to offset the cost of the label.

A label probably does matter in a retail environment where multiple bottles of similar wines are all fighting to say "pick me".
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#27 Post by YLee » January 12th, 2019, 7:27 am

Steve Bird wrote:
January 12th, 2019, 6:44 am
The Lewis label is fugly.
https://cdn.ct-static.com/labels/1392753.jpg

But I think that the Schrader Old Sparky is cool
https://cdn1.wine-searcher.net/images/l ... 435076.jpg
Agree that Lewis is ugly.
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#28 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » January 12th, 2019, 7:28 am

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Some like elaborate, artistic labels, and some like minimalist or traditional labels. There will be no consensus.
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#29 Post by Philip N. Jones » January 12th, 2019, 8:08 am

My two favorite labels are Ridge and Bucklin.
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#30 Post by p. raghib » January 12th, 2019, 8:17 am

is there a worse label than Cayuse Bionic Frog?? The wine is great, but the label is no bueno. If I knew how to post a pic I would.
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#31 Post by Steve Bird » January 12th, 2019, 8:27 am

p. raghib wrote:
January 12th, 2019, 8:17 am
is there a worse label than Cayuse Bionic Frog?? The wine is great, but the label is no bueno. If I knew how to post a pic I would.
yeah, anyone able to provide a quick primer on how to include a pic (vs a link)?

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#32 Post by Rich Brown » January 12th, 2019, 8:43 am

Philip N. Jones wrote:
January 12th, 2019, 8:08 am
My two favorite labels are Ridge and Bucklin.
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Two solid choices Phil!

Do you dig the new Bucklin labels (just changed with the recent release) or are you referring to the old ones? I'll probably get used to them....but right now I've gotta go with the old.

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#33 Post by scamhi » January 12th, 2019, 9:26 am

L'Arlot great wines ugly label

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#34 Post by Rory K. » January 12th, 2019, 9:33 am

A. Rafanelli, looks like something off a mid-60s italian restaurant menu
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#35 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » January 12th, 2019, 10:04 am

SteveG wrote:
January 12th, 2019, 5:40 am
Under nonfugly, besides being good wine, I think this is a beautiful label; the gold highlight on the map shows the vineyard location for this particular wine (note also the coordinates above):

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#36 Post by AlexS » January 12th, 2019, 10:16 am

Count me as another who loves the iconoclastic Ridge label. Agree with Bueker there will never be consensus on any of this.

One wine I love that has a label I've always had trouble with is Roilette:

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That yellow/red color scheme is a turn-off. I'm also not a big fan of the R-M Napa Cab label:

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SVDs and Pinot labels are okay, but that silver thing is just ugly...imho, they should have kept the pre-2008 label. Love the wine though!
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#37 Post by Brian Tuite » January 12th, 2019, 10:25 am

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
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There will be no consensus.
I totally disagree! [wink.gif]
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#38 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » January 12th, 2019, 10:41 am

Brian Tuite wrote:
January 12th, 2019, 10:25 am
D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
January 12th, 2019, 7:28 am
There will be no consensus.
I totally disagree! [wink.gif]
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#39 Post by Joe B » January 12th, 2019, 10:50 am

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#40 Post by YLee » January 12th, 2019, 11:36 am

Do these people design their own labels without any input from professionals?
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#41 Post by Philip G » January 12th, 2019, 12:14 pm

Brian Tuite wrote:
January 12th, 2019, 10:25 am
D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
January 12th, 2019, 7:28 am
There will be no consensus.
I totally disagree! [wink.gif]
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#42 Post by Jon Troutman » January 12th, 2019, 12:36 pm

One of my favorite wines despite a terrible label - Collier "Charpenterie" Saumur. Comic Sans font!
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#43 Post by Philip G » January 12th, 2019, 12:48 pm

Guess this falls under the Good Wine, Great Label category. The Chappellet Malbec Magnums are even more impressive
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#44 Post by Robert Sand » January 12th, 2019, 2:34 pm

Matthew King wrote:
January 11th, 2019, 2:57 pm
More label fun:

What world-class wine do you think has a label that doesn't do the wine justice?

My vote: Keller G-Max

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Wrong - this is classy and very distinctive (and uniform for the whole line-up).
There are much worse designs:

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#45 Post by AlexS » January 12th, 2019, 2:57 pm

Actually, I quite like the Anne Gros label. Nay on the Dufoulueur though.
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#46 Post by Kelly Walker » January 12th, 2019, 3:08 pm

Any of the Jean Raphet picture labels. Horrid!
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#47 Post by scamhi » January 12th, 2019, 3:28 pm

the text registration on "Grand" looks off on the Anne Gros label maybe they meant to add Cru. For that bottle cost I would hope the could center justify
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#48 Post by robert creth » January 12th, 2019, 3:33 pm

Dirty and Rowdy are pretty fugly. Love the wine tho.

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#49 Post by Steve Bird » January 12th, 2019, 3:40 pm

Philip Good wrote:
January 12th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Guess this falls under the Good Wine, Great Label category. The Chappellet Malbec Magnums are even more impressive

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That is a cool label. I must have something for dragons.

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#50 Post by YLee » January 12th, 2019, 5:20 pm

scamhi wrote:
January 12th, 2019, 3:28 pm
the text registration on "Grand" looks off on the Anne Gros label maybe they meant to add Cru. For that bottle cost I would hope the could center justify
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