Removing the label from a bottle of wine may seem like an everyday occurrence; surely people everywhere have their reasons for scraping fingernails against a square of paper. Perhaps some people remove the label to make a wine collage. Perhaps some people remove one to fill up an empty space in their scrapbook. Perhaps some people even remove it to compose a ransom note entirely out of wine tags. But, most likely, people simply remove wine labels so they can collect them. Whether these labels are taken off to collect memorabilia or taken off to collect ransoms, one things stands in between the label and the bottle: adhesive. Yes, this substance can leave you in a bit of a sticky situation.
Removing a wine label may seem easy enough; you simply peel and pull. But, that peeling and pulling can often lead to ripping and tearing, something that ruins the quality of the label and defeats the purpose of preserving it. Instead, taking some time to learn that removing what’s outside is almost as much of an art form as drinking what’s inside can be the difference between a label worth keeping and one worth throwing in the trash. Below are few of the ways to not label yourself frustrated when trying to tug off the tag.
Adhesive Tape: The use of adhesive tape may seem like a bit of a conundrum; after all, it’s the adhesive that is the problem to begin with. But, using tape to pull off the label actually works well. You can purchase this kind of tape from a wine magazine, or you can simply make you own. All this process involves is placing a large piece of clear tape against the wine’s label and pulling it off. This won’t remove the entire label, as the layer of the label with glue on it will remain adhered to the bottle, but it will take off the part of the label that is worth saving.