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Win Tickets To #RiojaWeek Tapas Fest 2014 In NYC!

Vinted on April 15, 2014 under giveaways, wine industry events

Two words: Jamon Galleria.

That’s just one of the culinary delights that you can experience at the upcoming Rioja Week Tapas Fest and Grand Tasting taking place at Weylin B. Seymour’s in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 1PM ET. The event will also feature a Casa de Tapas, a Paella and Vino Garden, a Cheese Cave, and something like 200 Rioja wines.

And three of you are going to get to go for free. Who loves ya, baby?!?

I’m excited to tell you that this month I’ve got a (paying) gig with Rioja Wines in which I will be taking part in Tapas Fest in NYC (mostly as a panel moderator for both geekified and introduction-style panel sessions about Rioja wine) as well as hosting a #RiojaBuzz Tweet Chat on April 24th at 8:30pm EST/5:30pm PST (during which we’ll start tasting through some Rioja goodness in lip-smacking anticipation of the NYC event).

I’ll naturally not be formally reviewing any Rioja juice here on 1WD until after that gig has ended. And at this point I’m not sure if I’m in it more for the excitement of how awesome this NYC event is going to be (I’ve seen the insider details on the culinary coolness that will be on hand, and my keyboard is wet from the Pavlovian salivation responses), the fact that I am getting paid, or just the chance to taste Rioja jamon again. Anyway, check out the crazy lineup for this event and you’ll see what I mean.

Now, me being me, I kind of forced my hand with the amiable Rioja Wine folks in order to get some of you at this event (you know, for moral support and all that)! So three lucky 1WD readers will get two tickets each to the Tapas Fest on May 3 at 1PM ET, along with a groovy gift bag of food-related goodies (see inset pic, total value about $150).

Wanna shot at winning? Here’s the skinny…

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Kicking Alzheimer’s Ass, One Donation At A Time! (ZinZig Wine Game Giveaway)

Vinted on August 13, 2013 under giveaways

This week on 1WD, it’s the time of year when we honor the memory of my late grandmother Lucille, a breast cancer survivor who succumbed to Alzheimer’s when in her 90s, and whose birthday I’d be celebrating in August if she were still alive today.

And so I’m one again asking you to please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association and help end this terrible disease. Let’s kick Alzheimer’s ass!

To help sweeten the deal (aside from the sweet goodness of the karma points given to you by the Universe for your donation, I mean), I will randomly select one of the donators to receive a new, un-played copy of ZinZig, The Wine Tasting and Trivia Board Game (about a $42 value). I got it as a sample for possible review, and the ZinZig folks probably had no idea that I’d end up using their product like this. But… since it’s a board game that my five year old daughter cannot play, there’s little chance of me getting to use it any time soon (which is a shame, because it looks pretty damn fun, and it’s an additional excuse to drink…).

The giveaway will be open to donations made today through August 20, 2013 at 8PM ET / 5PM PT. To be eligible, your donation needs to be made using the links provided here.

So… get your donation in for a chance to get your wine gaming on!

Cheers – and THANK YOU!

Going Iconclastic: Dead Bolt Wine StubHub.com Giveaway!

Vinted on June 18, 2013 under giveaways

For the latter part of this week, I’ll be in (stay classy) San Diego (which of course in German means “a whale’s vagina”), acting as one of the judges in the 2013 Critics Challenge competition (an opportunity at which I jumped, as the rest of the stellar judging cast is, in the words of Ron Burgundy’s deep-timbered narrator, “the ballz!”).

Given my bordering-on-crazy travel schedule this month (and based on the huge response to our last giveaway here on 1WD), I’m opting for another giveaway to assuage your genetic psychological need to respond to the new and different.

This week, I’m teaming up with Dead Bolt Wine to offer a $100 gift card to StubHub.com (cash value: $100… duh…), so that (if you win) you can get your Summer concert fix on!

Part of Dead Bolt’s well-positioned marketing focus is the idea of pushing the envelope in iconoclastic ways, which is a bit of a recurring theme in the features here on 1WD. Dead Bolt have also been heavy into the independent music scene this year – another topic quite close to my ticker. So for this giveaway, here’s how it’s gonna go down:

  • Leave a comment on this post and let us know who in the wine world you most admire for going against the grain (there’s an oak-aging/anti-oak-aging joke in there somewhere).
  • In one week, on June 25, 201 at 8PM ET, I will randomly select a winner from the commenters, who will receive the $100 gift card to StubHub.com.

To get you in the Summer concert going mood, I’m including an embarrassingly staged photo of me from my band’s recent WSTW FM radio appearance, and a clip from that show in which we performed a wine-related tune live on the air (for more on that song, titled Wine Kissing Days, check out the video premier from 2011). You might like it, in which case you’ll be primed for both wine drinking and Summer concerts, or hate it, in which case if you win you’ll be able to go see some other act that’s actually good!

In any case, at least it gives you some background music while you’re writing your comment…

Wine Kissing Days: The Steve Liberace Band

Cheers – and good luck!

French Wine Society Membership Giveaway!

Vinted on June 4, 2013 under giveaways

UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. Thanks for the awesome responses! I’ve contacted the winners via email, so they’ll be enjoying some French wine learnings in short order. For those who did NOT win but are still interested in an FWS membership, the French Wine Society has graciously offered to supply a discount code. If you order a membership via their website and use the discount code “winedude” (all lower case, no quotation marks) during checkout, you’ll get a 10% discount on your purchase. The discount code expires on June 30th, so get cracking!

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This week, I’m partnering with the venerable French Wine Society, purveyors of well-regarded wine education, certifications and study trips, for one of the biggest giveaways we’ve had to date here on 1WD!

We’ll be giving away five (!) one-year memberships to the French Wine Society, valued at $100 each. Membership in the FWS gives you access to wine education webinars produced by some of the top Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers in the business, a guide to pronunciation of French wine terms (that one, for my money, is worth the admission price alone), and discounted pricing on their on-line study programs and exams, among other benefits.

In addition to offering cred-building certifications (such as the The French Wine Scholar Study & Certification Program and several Master-Level programs for regions like Burgundy, Bordeaux and Languedoc-Roussillon), FWS also coordinates wine immersion study trips throughout France. I’m particularly interested in the latter, as anyone who knows 1WD knows that I’ve long espoused that to really understand wine, book knowledge has to be combined with travel and tasting wine in its proper feet-in-the-vineyard context (butt-numbing plane rides be damned!).

Here’s how the giveaway will work, eligible to any reader who is of legal drinking age, and is not possessed by a parasitic alien being controlling their every thought and action while biding its time to try to take over our planet:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling us what French wine region you’d most like to visit and/or learn more about, and why.
  • You’ll have until Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 8PM ET, after which I will draw the names of five (!) lucky winners who will each receive a one-year FWS membership.

By the way, for me the answer is now Champagne – have never been there, and in retrospect that seems… just… silly that it hasn’t happened yet. Followed closely by Corsica (Vermentino FTW, beeatches!) and Burgundy (because… well, duh!). Can’t wait to see what you all come up with for this.

Cheers – and good luck!

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