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2005 WineMaker Label Contest Winners!

GRAND CHAMPION LABEL

Tim Gerst · Boynton Beach, FL

The King’s Ransom label was created for Tim Gerst’s first-ever batch of wine: a 2005 Riesling. Tim wanted to create a label that was fun and had a personal touch that matched the luster of his wine. The artwork is 100% original and hand-drawn, then scanned into a digital format to add color for printing. Our hats are off to the king of the label contest.

PRIZES: En Primeur wine kit from Bayleys BrewHaHa; Crushendo Santa Ynez Valley Syrah wine kit from Winexpert, Inc.; Yeast coupons from White Labs, Inc.; Gift certificate from Grape and Granary; Viognier wine kit from Cellar Craft International; Crushendo Corvina Classico di Veneto wine kit from Winexpert, Inc.; Gift certificate from Quality Wine and Ale Supply; Array of test kits from Accuvin, Inc.

GOLD MEDAL LABEL

Raphael Shea · Moravia, NY

Scolpire, is an Italian term meaning to sculpt. Shea named the label as an ode to the stream that runs behind his vineyard in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

PRIZES: En Primeur wine kit from Bayleys BrewHaHa; Dry Creek Valley unwooded Chardonnay wine kit from Winexpert, Inc.; Yeast coupons from White Labs, Inc.; Varietal pack from Elite Vintners Corp.; Windbreaker from Schmidt Printing; Gift certificate from Quality Wine and Ale Supply

SILVER MEDAL LABEL

Mike & Angie Staggs · San Francisco, CA

This label of Mike and Angie Staggs is all original artwork. The illustration of Cerberus, the three-headed dog is modeled after the winemaker’s Cairn Terrier. This beast is constantly chasing Bacchus, the God of Wine.

PRIZES: Gift certificate for a Cellar Classic Winery Series wine kit from RJ Spagnols Wine & Beer Making Products; Gift certificate from Bader Beer & Wine Supply, Inc.; Brewhouse beer kit from Bayleys BrewHaHa; Crushendo Montagnac Vieux Chateau d’Oc wine kit from Winexpert, Inc.; Yeast coupons from White Labs, Inc.

BRONZE MEDAL LABEL

Jason & Sheri Weppel · Macundie, PA

Rookie Riesling was named for the fact that it was the first Riesling the Weppels crafted. The label was started with a photograph of a Phillies jersey. The team’s logo was replaced with their own and the “04” represents the wine’s vintage.

PRIZES: Gift certificate from Heron Bay Wines; Oregon Yamhill County Pinot Gris wine kit from Winexpert, Inc.; Brewhouse beer kit from
Bayleys BrewHaHa; Windbreaker from Schmidt Printing

HONORABLE MENTION LABELS

Barbara Bentley · Walnut Creek, CA
Prize: Must plunger from Winemaker Products, LLC

Clarence Bothello · Auburn, CA
Prize: Hat & T-shirt from White Labs, Inc.; Gift certificate from Quality Wine and Ale Supply

Carla & Luck Bernay · Prairie View, IL
Prize: Gift certificate from Harrington Press Winemaking Supplies

Chad M. Collins · Mahomet, IL
Prize: Advanced equipment kit from Bayleys BrewHaHa

Bill O’donnell · Omaha, NE
Prize: Gift certificate from High Gravity Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies

Cecile & Jean-Pierre Mouraux · Sonoma, CA
Prize: Gift certificate from Smith’s Winemaking; Gift certificate from Quality Wine and Ale Supply

John A. Csordas · Jefferson, MD
Prize: Gift certificate from Maltose Express; Gift certificate from Quality Wine and Ale Supply

Chris Thrailkill · Houston, TX
Prize: Model 204 wine transfer pump from Crown Ridge Winery

Kim Slonaker · Mathis, TX
Prize: Gift certificate from Quality Wine and Ale Supply

Leon & Cindy Tackitt · Coronado, CA
Prize: Advanced equipment kit from Bayleys BrewHaHa

Michael J. Carbonara · Media, PA
Prize: Gift certificate from Quality Wine and Ale Supply

Mike Kozak · Asion, PA
Prize: Gift certificate from Smith’s Winemaking; Gift certificate from Quality Wine and Ale Supply

Octavius & Holli Bonacquisti · Arlington, TX
Prize: 14kt. gold wine glass charm from Chris Chaney Creations

Paula Altenbach · Colorado Springs, CO
Prize: Sweatshirt from White Labs, Inc.; Gift certificate from Quality Wine and Ale Supply

Ron & Kris Dreisbach · Sandpoint, ID
Prize: Gift certificate from Bader Beer & Wine Supply, Inc.

Tricia Falmer · O’Fallon, MO
Prize: Hat & T-shirt from White Labs, Inc.; Gift certificate from Quality Wine and Ale Supply

Teresa Rudak · Geneva, NY
Prize: Gift certificate from Strange Brew Beer & Winemaking Supplies

Brian Wrede · Gilroy, CA
Prize: True Brew pale ale beer kit from The Beverage Company Beer, Wine & Cheesemaking Supply