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“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” – Pablo Picasso

“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” – Michelangelo

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle

Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.
Salvador Dali

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”- Scott Adams

The History of Wine

history of wine

“Birthplace’s of wine” – the Country of Georgia.

The origins of wine predate written records, and modern archaeology is still uncertain about the details of the first cultivation of wild grapevines. Wild grapes grow in Georgia, the northern Levant, coastal and southeastern Turkey, northern Iran, and Armenia. The fermenting of strains of this wild Vitis vinifera subsp. sylvestris (the ancestor of the modern wine grape, V. vinifera) would have become easier following the development of pottery during the later Neolithic, c. 11,000 BC. However, the earliest evidence so far discovered dates from millennia afterwards.

Patrick McGovern argued that the domestication of the wine grape and winemaking may have originated in what is now Georgia in the Caucasus and spread south from there. The earliest archaeological evidence of wine production yet found has been at sites in Georgia (c. 6000 BC)[7][8][9] and Iran (c. 5000 BC). The Iranian jars contained a form of retsina, using turpentine pine resin to more effectively seal and preserve the wine. Production spread to other sites in Greater Iran and Grecian Macedonia by c. 4500 BC. The Greek site is notable for the recovery at the site of the remnants of crushed grapes.

The oldest-known winery was discovered in the “Areni-1″ cave in Vayots Dzor, Armenia. Dated to c. 4100 BC, the site contained a wine press, fermentation vats, jars, and cups. Archaeologists also found V. vinifera seeds and vines. Commenting on the importance of the find, McGovern said, “The fact that winemaking was already so well developed in 4000 BC suggests that the technology probably goes back much earlier.”

Domesticated grapes were abundant in the Near East from the beginning of the early Bronze Age, starting in 3200 BC. There is also increasingly abundant evidence for winemaking in Sumer and Egypt in the 3rd millennium BC.
Legends of discovery
Wine (mey) has been a theme of Persian poetry for millennia.

There are many etiological myths told about the first cultivation of the grapevine and fermentation of wine.

Why is wine so interwoven with our own humanity?
This global adventure reveal’s the special connection we have always had with wine.
And how the crossroads were constructed between wine and art, religion, politics, love, and war.
In this first installment, we take you to one of the “Birthplace’s of wine” – the Country of Georgia.

 

The Biblical Book of Genesis first mentions the production of wine following the Great Flood, when Noah drunkenly exposes himself to his sons. The resulting Curse of Ham was originally intended as a justification for the Hebrew conquest of Canaan but was later adapted to explain black skin and African slavery.

Greek mythology placed the childhood of Dionysus and his discovery of viticulture at the fictional and variably located Mount Nysa but had him teach the practice to the peoples of central Anatolia. Because of this, he was rewarded to become a god of wine.

In Persian legend, King Jamshid banished a lady of his harem, causing her to become despondent and contemplate suicide. Going to the king’s warehouse, the woman sought out a jar marked “poison” containing the remnants of the grapes that had spoiled and were now deemed undrinkable. After drinking the fermented wine, she found her spirits lifted. She took her discovery to the king, who became so enamored of his new drink that he not only accepted the woman back but also decreed that all grapes grown in Persepolis would be devoted to winemaking

read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_wine

Personalized Wine Labels, Tags and Coasters

Customizable Photo Wine Labels, Tags and Coasters

Personalized bottles of wine are a great gift and a great way to represent your winery or homemade wine.

At our site you can customize any wine labels and make them your own.
Simply click on a label and you can change colors, fonts, sizes, shapes and much more.
With our instant design and preview, the possibilities are endless.

You can custom decorate wine coasters and personalized wine tags until you have exactly what you want.

Uploading your own photo on wine labels is easy and you have the option of adding text as well as changing the font.

And you will know exactly what your labels, tags and coasters will look like when you preview your custom printed labels, tags and coasters.
Festive color schemes work for momentous events or holidays, including graduations, births, anniversaries, weddings, Bat or Bar Mitzvahs, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, etc.

The solution is a printer specializing in short runs of wine bottle labels. Such a printer can help the wine maker design wine labels, and then make wine labels tailored to the maker’s vision.

Many winemakers have never heard of these services, and may have concerns about an unfamiliar source of custom wine labels.

A wine maker may be concerned about whether his personalized labels will be easy to apply, and if they will stay on the bottle.

Wine bottle labels created for home winemakers are very easy to apply to clean, oil-free bottles at room temperature.

The wine label will bond more completely to the glass the longer it is on the bottle. It is a good idea to let the wine labels set for at least a week before putting the bottles in water.

Winemakers ordering unique labels may also wonder if the wine bottle labels are waterproof.

The labels are water-resistant, meaning that the paper will retain its strength and the ink will not run when exposed to water. After the custom wine labels bond to the bottle for at least a week, the bottles can be placed in a tub of ice for cooling.

One huge advantage of a wine label printing company specializing in home winemakers is that the winemaker can design wine labels from templates. This saves the cost of working with a professional designer, but still creates totally unique labels. For the wine hobbyist who isn’t satisfied to make wine labels on a home computer and printer, this is the perfect solution.

What is the biggest advantage of ordering personalized wine labels in manageable quantities?

The best thing about custom wine labels ordered from a specialty printer is those manageable quantities.

Winemakers can order labels in quantities as low as 30. These low quantities make it possible to make unique labels for different purposes, from separate batches to special occasions to branding purposes for sale.

The next most important advantage with these wine bottle labels is that they are truly unique. Though starting from a template, the wine maker can design wine labels that exactly fit his personality and the wine’s purpose.

The templates are completely customizable to make wine labels that look completely different from each other.

All of these advantages combine to make custom wine labels a smart choice for the wine maker.

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