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Welcome to the Wine Label Circle

The Circle is an association for people interested in wine labels in silver and other materials which identify the contents of decanters and bottles

For more information, please contact the Circle at wine

Next Meeting

The 2019 Annual Meeting will be held in Corning, NY (also known as the Crystal City) from 15-18 October 2019. The local airport is Elmira / Corning (ELM). Corning is located on I-86 in the Finger Lakes. Meetings will be held at the hotel and the Corning Museum of Glass - the world’s largest glass museum.

Thursday 17 October:
Wine tastings and lunch in the Finger Lakes area. There are over 100 wineries in the area producing Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and other wines. In addition to the wineries there are breweries, distilleries, cideries and cheese producers.
Friday 18 October:
A full-day of seminars/workshops are planned on a number of topics including buying labels, hallmarks, condition and forgeries as well as how we manage the Names and Makers Lists
Ideas for collection records with demonstrations. Other topics are American & Canadian labels, history of label ownership, sales and illustrations together with a Bin labels research update.
Saturday 19 October:
Tour of the Museum to view decanters and glasses related to wine with a presentation by a Curator. Tour of the Rakow Library and the current exhibits.
AGM at the Hilton Hotel followed by Members’ Presentations.
Annual Dinner

More Details are available in the Members Area

Our Journal and Newsletter

Our Journal has been published twice yearly, in the Spring and Autumn, giving members the opportunity to write Papers, Notes and Queries. We are are now moving to less frequent Journals but with shorter Newsletters being distributed to Members on a more frequent basis.

The Labels

A few examples are shown here, others can be found on other pages
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Our Books

Dust JacketThe Circle has published three Books - "Sauce Labels - 1750 - 1950" in 2002, "Wine Labels 1730-2003 - A Worldwide History " in 2004 and "Boudoir Labels" in 2012.
You do not have to be a member to buy and details on how to order can be found on the Books page
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Aspects of the Circle

Wine Labels, also known as decanter labels or bottle tickets, adorn decanters to identify their contents - wines, spirits, sauces, toilet waters or medicines. Bin labels and mounted corks are other areas of interest, but not paper bottle labels

Silver wine labels, labels in silver plate, colourful enamels and mother-of-pearl are the main materials. Both antique silver wine labels and contemporary designs are studied.

Meetings take place in the Spring and the Autumn to view and discuss silver decanter labels and labels in other materials.

Publications include a twice yearly Journal, published in the Spring and Autumn and three Books, all available from the Circle at attractive prices.

Membership is open to all. We will be delighted to answer questions and welcome new members, whatever your interests or knowledge. Contact us at

Site last updated on 25 September. 2019 Journal uploaded to the Member's Area