The Real Cost of Making Your Own Wine

By Bloomberg Rankings and Nikhil Hutheesing - 2013-02-09T19:04:50Z

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Barbara Bentley adorns her bottles with labels designed with clip art and photographs (such as photos of rabbits for her Hareitage line of Red Bordeaux Blend). Labels, though, can present a hazard of their own. "If you give a bottle to friends and it gets wet, it can be a sticky, gluey mess," she says. So she puts clear packing tape over her labels. Another strategy: Avoid labels altogether. Taybi calls his label-less bottles "shiners."

$15: Cost for 100 wine labels, 2 packets Country Style Labels -- eckraus.com

$2,832: Running Tally

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