Thursday, July 19, 2007

Picture This: Personalized Wine Bottles

If you're looking for a special gift to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, wedding, or other momentous occasion, look no further. Picture My Wine will generate a customized wine label, complete with the uploaded photo of your choice. I've looked at other personalized wine bottle offerings before and either the wine was terrible, the labels were cheesy, or you had to order a case. Not so with Picture My Wine.

Picture My Wine offers a selection of wines from either the Healdsburg Wine Company or Brutocao's cost-conscious Bliss bottlings. For me, the Bliss Merlot (winner of a double-gold medal from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition) is a no-brainer at $15 and you don't have to order a case or a 1/2 case to get your personalized bottle. Even single bottle orders are filled, making them great gifts for someone special. But imagine giving someone with a new house six bottles of "house wine" in personalized bottles? Pretty nice gift.

I had a little trouble getting the interface to work for the merlot label with the images on my computer. But I did generate a snazzy, classy label using a medieval image and the "Vertical Black" Label option. Most folks use personal photos, because they're buying for birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, but nearly any image will do. (make sure you're using an image properly and not infringing on copyright, ok?)

All it takes is a nice image and a little forethought to get your wine in time. Orders ship three days after they are placed, and it takes a further 3-7 days to receive the wine depending on where you live and whether you pay for express shipping.

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