Have you ever found yourself looking for a bottle that says exactly what's on your mind? Look no further than Tasting Room's Remarquable wines! The labels leave you ample room to write or draw whatever you want on the bottle. Just grab a pencil and start sketching — it's that easy. In the video below, my fellow Tasting Room label designer Anthony Videira and I will be designing our own messages on a bottle of Remarquable Rouge and Remarquable Rosé.

Step 1: Gather your materials

Left: Materials Daria used / Right: Materials Anthony used

  • A bottle of Tasting Room's Remarquable wine (either Rouge or Rosé, depending on your preference)
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Markers (various sizes and widths depending on your design)
  • Ball point pens
  • Brush (optional)
  • Reference sketch (optional)

I list "reference sketch" as a material because it's a helpful way to plan how you're going to use the available space on the label. Also, you'll quickly realize that drawing on a rounded bottle is much different from drawing on a flat piece of paper.

Step 2: Start sketching

Grab your pencils and begin lightly sketching out your design. Don't be afraid to make mistakes — that's what this stage of the process is for! Just be sure to draw lightly so you don't end up with faded pencil marks on your finished product. Don't worry if your hand smudges the pencil; a good eraser can take care of that later.

Step 3: Inking

After you have a solid pencil sketch on your bottle, choose a permanent marker or ball-point pen for the inking process. Slowly trace over the pencil marks you started with. Exercise caution on this step, as your hand could potentially smudge your marker lines if the ink isn't dry. I rested my hand on a whiteboard dry eraser to avoid this issue.

Step 4: Finishing touches

Once the ink dries, use an eraser to make your original pencil lines and smudges disappear. I used a small paintbrush to brush away the eraser dust. Once you've erased everything, you may find that you need to retrace over some parts of your drawing. After that, you're all done!

The finished products!

Final step: Drink up!

Now that your drawing is complete, pop open the bottle and sip your wine while admiring your work, or give it away as a wonderfully personalized gift. But first, take some pictures of your label design and tag them @tastingroom — we'd love to see your work!

The 2016 Remarquable Lirac Rouge and 2016 Remarquable Languedoc-la-clape Rosé are on sale now at Tasting Room's Bottle Shop.