This article is from the WineMaking FAQ, by malak@CAM.ORG (Don Buchan) with numerous contributions by others.
Fist it is important to remember that the label A) only identifies the
wine and B) can be very important to the aesthetic (but NOT tasting)
experience of wine tasting and therefore should receive an appropriate
yet not undue amount of care and consideration.
Any paper will do -- printer paper, copy paper, whatever. Envelope
labels (such as Avery, etc.) are more difficult to take off.
Inkjet printouts may run if exposed to the slightest moisture; try
Typically, you should use a water soluble adhesive that is easy to
apply and allows for quick, easy removal of labels.
Milk: Use a small brush and lightly coat the back of the label, then
press it onto the bottle.
Stick glue (UHU or Pritt or the like).
Water/sugar/flour: The old kid-paste trick.
Diluted wallpaper paste.
Making the labels:
Varying software will make your labels. Projexis Inc. has a shareware
program that will make labels. Check the NET RESOURCES posting to get
the address, as well as other locations for software, clipart, and so
A good word processor that will support graphics will do the job (if
you want to insert graphics, of course.)
There are also a number of good graphics and presentation programs that
will do the job, and there are many good graphics/clip art libraries
available that will certainly contain something that you like.
Make four (or however many -- up to six if you want a decent sized
label) labels per 8 1/2 X 11 page.