Blasted Church

The best wine labels ever?


Recently I was searching for some wine labels to use in an article and I came across artist Chris Sickels, who created the wine labels for the British Columbian winery, Blasted Church. This program, created by the Brandever agency, is the best series of wine labels I have ever seen! Not only are they artistically fantastic, playful, funny and attractive; but they tell a story -- the story of Blasted Church.

How can you not smile at these? I know, what's in the bottle is what counts, but getting someone to try an unknown wine is a Herculean effort. And as I mentioned last week, an arresting label can be the key. So sit back and enjoy this story, the story of Blasted Church, told label by awesome label!

Illustrations by: Chris Sickels at Red Nose Studio
Represented by: Magnet Reps
Created by: Brandever
Creative directors: Bernie Hadley-Beauregard, Laurie Millotte
Graphic design: Laurie Millotte

Blasted Church 2008 Syrah

The Blasted Church name is derived from the true story of a little wooden church, first built in 1848 in the gold mining town of Fairview, British Columbia.

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Blasted Church 2008 Sauvignon Blanc

At the turn of the 20th century, Fairview had a population of 2,000 and was known as the largest city north of San Francisco. When the mine was depleted, people drifted away and the town declined.

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Blasted Church 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot

By 1909, Fairview became a ghost town.

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Blasted Church 2008 Pinot Noir

The church stood alone for nearly 20 years until a determined team of parishioners decided to relocate the church to Okanagan Falls, British Columbia.

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Blasted Church 2009 Hatfield's Fuse

Their plan called for a blast of explosives inside the church, in order to “loosen the nails."

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Blasted Church 2009 Big Bang

With anticipation, everyone prepared themselves.

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Blasted Church 2009 Chardonnay Musque

And then it happened!

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  • Snooth User: scgirl56
    465085 1

    how can wine labels be successfully removed from wine bottles?

    Apr 05, 2011 at 12:24 PM

  • Snooth User: lmcbain
    91262 32

    I live in BC and have had a number pf Blasted Church products, I love the fact that you have chosen the wonderful set of labels used by this little winery to present, but it would have been nice if there was at least some actual commentary on what is actually quite a good winery as well. Not a change in the focus of the article, but a natural extension of it.

    Apr 05, 2011 at 3:06 PM

  • @scgirl56 Usually you can take them off by heating them with a hair dryer on full high heat. Be careful to hold the bottle in a towel, and heat the bottle and label slowly (too much sudden heat can occasionally cause glass to shatter). When it's too hot to touch, it should pull off in one smooth gentle motion. You can make sure it stays flat by putting it in a book between parchment or wax paper while it's still hot.

    Apr 05, 2011 at 4:09 PM

  • Snooth User: JenJen37
    628174 12

    I am happy you included the story behind the winery's name with these great labels! I love them. I am with lmcbain....a little information about the winery would have been great. Since some wines with cutesy labels are a turn off (for some) assuming the quality is inferior....with this winery it is definitely not true. From Ontario but did the drive up the Okanagan Valley this past July and this was one of our winery stops.....great little boutique, good wines, and excellent views this property holds of the mountains, lake and Okanagan Valley. If you can't get to their scenic property definitely try their wines! Thanks for this acticle!

    Apr 05, 2011 at 5:18 PM

  • Snooth User: rhw168
    635553 144

    I don’t know about you guys, but it’s perfectly obvious to me that when moving a church, the first step would have to be to set off an explosive inside of it to loosen the nails.


    Apr 05, 2011 at 6:30 PM

  • Snooth User: mmrogers
    800282 70

    Would love to try this wine. We are in Illinois and can't seem to find any British Columbian wine here. We loved it when we visited up there - beautiful place and great wineries.

    Apr 05, 2011 at 8:59 PM

  • Snooth User: redwine89
    503255 74

    I have visited this area of Canada and they do have some great wines, Unfortunately they are very difficult to get your hands on unless you are willing to travel and get them yourself you probably wont find them and depending on where you live, yu cant even have them shipped to you, I live in Western Washington and cant even get them.....BUMMER! because I am out of the what I purchased on my last trip

    Apr 06, 2011 at 2:10 AM

  • Snooth User: gerrad
    79282 57

    thats nothing, check out 'mothers milk' by first drop wines in the barossa, art and lit and killer wines to boot.

    Apr 06, 2011 at 5:59 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 238,748

    Hi Folks, I would love to tell you more about the wines but I have not had them. I am in the process of remedying that situation but this article was about a great series of labels, layering on commentary about the winery and the wines would have shifted the focus.

    Enjoy the labels and look out for further information as it becomes available. Thanks for all the great comments.

    Apr 06, 2011 at 9:26 AM

  • Snooth User: Tuxman
    738568 2

    Wine labels are truly a work of art and sometimes actually express what the winemaker and winery put into the bottle. Last Month the Van Ruiten Family Winery, in Lodi CA won an award for having the best Wine label in the World. The label is on 7 of their award winning wines including the 2008 Old Vine Zinfandel and this is quite prestigious award. Visit to see a video on the home page or you can visit

    Apr 06, 2011 at 9:28 AM

  • Check out the labels from Bodega Enate of Spain. They are spectacular, works of art. At the Bodega they have a large gallery that displays the label art as well as the MOMA in NYC.

    From the Bodega site:
    Since the beginning it has been art. A clear and decided bet on the language of our time because we are protagonists of this period we are living and not mere spectarors. Each bottle of ENATE is a sculpture of Contemporary Art.

    Painters such as Antonio Saura, Eduardo Chillida, Antoni Tàpies, José Beulas, Salvador Victoria, Vicente Badenes, José Manuel Broto, Víctor Mira, Pepe Cerdá, Alberto Carrera, Frederic Amat, Eduardo Arroyo, Mapi Ribera, Alberto Duce, Camen P. Ramírez, Gustavo Torner, Vicente García Plana, José María Subirachs have collaborated in our labels. The artistic patrimony of ENATE grows with the acquisition of works by the old masters and by young artists who have participated in the Enate Award.

    ENATE -EnArte- could not be conceived without the collaboration and the ideas of the new creators. Art and Wine. Contents and Container. All in the same bottle, in a same object of desire.

    Apr 06, 2011 at 10:57 AM

  • Snooth User: soambosu
    504165 8

    Also, check out the labels from another Canadian winery called "Organized Crime", they also tell a unique story of how the name of the winery came about.

    Apr 13, 2011 at 4:28 PM

  • Snooth User: jswine15
    271010 3

    I am from British Columbia and now have a Wine distribution business in CT...there are some very good wines from BC, but unfortunately they drink them all locally, so apart from some distribution in Ontario, and by the largest (and not necessarily the best - Mission Hill etc) they are just not available in the US. Too bad

    Apr 13, 2011 at 6:23 PM

  • True that a label and an attractive bottle are eye catching and may induce a neophite in buying the bottle.However, it is the content of the bottle-the wine-that counts. In my 83 years I tasted a lot of wines but none as good as the Miura ones, from a small winery in the Napa Valley, as well as their Spanish imports from the Catalan area.

    Jun 03, 2011 at 6:35 AM

  • Hi Folks, I would love to tell you more about the wines but I have not had them

    Aug 12, 2013 at 11:51 PM

  • outstanding

    Sep 09, 2013 at 3:19 PM

  • Snooth User: cglaw2013
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    Sep 11, 2013 at 4:05 AM

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