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October 2002
A Primer on Unlabeled Wine
by Sara Schorske and Alex Heckathorn
There are many reasons, intentional or otherwise, for wine bottles to come off the bottling line as shiners--bottles without labels. Wine may be left unlabeled due to a delay in the production or approval of the winery's desired label. The winery may plan an extended period of bottle aging that would be hard on a fancy label. Or, frequently, the winery may plan to sell the wine to an undetermined winery or private label customer.But no matter what reason dictated the labeling delay, shiners need...
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