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Austrian Wine Sweepstakes… via Facebook… and twitter

Vinted on January 4, 2010 binned in giveaways, wine industry events

Those of you who dig Austrian wine (did someone say Grüner Veltliner? no?  it was just me then…) and are looking fro something to do for seven days in 2010 might want to check out the Austrian Tourist Office’s “It’s Got To Be Austria” (yeah, I know, the name is a total #Fail) sweepstakes being held now through January 15, 2010.

The sweepstakes winner (and a guest) get to choose between four different themed 7-day vacation packages, one of which is centered around “Food and Wine” (presumably Austrian food and wine). 

The contest is notable in that contestants enter via Facebook.  Once you’ve fanned them up on Facebook, you can receive an additional sweepstakes entry by tweeting about Austria using the hashtag #itsgottobeaustria (ugh… honestly, is that the best name that they could come up with?  maybe it sounds totally awesome in Austrian…).

This might be the first significant wine-related giveaway (the vacation packages are valued at $4,500) that’s taken place exclusively on Facebook and twitter, and certainly the first to also include a choice shot of an Austrian accordion-player rockin’ the moustache in its promotional material:

Got thoughts on the contest, Austrian wine, or moustaches?  Shout ‘em out in the comments!

Cheers!

(images: itsgottobeaustria.com)

Drinking Inside The Box (1WineDude TV Episode 9: You Got Boxed, Beeeatch!)

Vinted on August 26, 2009 binned in 1WineDude TV, giveaways

At the risk of sounding like a complete and total corporate brand shill, I’m going to mention that Black Box Wines, one of a few wine brands that have come on the scene offering higher-quality boxed wines, has been good to me and I consider them “friends of the Dude.”

It helps that their product doesn’t suck, of course. I’m not going to call their wines amazing, and while they claim that their boxes of wine will stay fresh for up to four weeks after opening, their idea of “fresh” after two weeks doesn’t coincide with my idea of “pleasurably drinkable.”  But… if you’re looking for a larger volume of fruit-forward, easy-drinking wine for a party you’d do a lot worse than to pick up a box of Black Box Chardonnay, which I found to be a bargain in terms of quality / price ratio – you get a lot of decent, easy-drinking, tropical-fruit-driven Chard for a very good price.

GEEK-OUT ALERT: I need to mention that the term “boxed wine” gets on my nerves, since technically it’s “bagged wine” – the wine is in a bag that happens to be stored in a box.  The technology behind the bag is pretty amazing, actually, since it needs to collapse at the same rate as the wine so that as little air as possible gets into the bag, thus preserving the freshness of the wine. To allow this, the bag is slightly permeable, which means it has a freshness shelf-life even when unopened.  Ok, I’ll stop geeking-out now.

Black Box Wines happen to be running a video contest at the moment, which amazingly has fewer than 10 entries at the moment.  I say “amazingly” because they are giving away $10,000.  Even if people from CA aren’t eligible (I blame the broken CA state government, from which PA seems to unfortunately be taking its model), that’s a paltry number of entries for a prize like that.

The thing I can’t figure out is why there seem to be so few entries.  The economy is in the toilet, and wine people came out of the woodwork for a chance to win a similar amount of monthly dough from Murphy-Goode winery.

So, what gives?  Do people not want a chance at $10 Gs?

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Giveaways: The Beach Rescue Project Edition!

Vinted on June 15, 2009 binned in giveaways

We’re now into our fourth straight week of giveaways here on 1WineDude.com! This week, I’m teaming up with Barefoot Wine to help promote their Beach Rescue Project and the Barefoot Republic network.

YOU could win a gift bag of giveaway goodness from Barefoot Wines that includes a tote bag, wine opener, stemless wine glass, and a big soft beach towel – pretty much perfect Summer gear for the wine lover!

Hmmm… I’m kind of bummed that I’m not eligible to win, now that I think about it.

Anyway…

This giveaway has a few more requirements than the ones that we’ve run in the previous three weeks, so you all need to listen up if you want a chance to win.  But first, let’s tell you a little bit about the Beach Rescue Project

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Giveaways: Pimp My Cellar Edition!

Vinted on June 8, 2009 binned in giveaways

I know what you’re thinking.

Does that girl in Accounting think I’m cute?

Either that, or you’re thinking that we’re into Week #3 of intense Giveaway action here on 1WineDude.com!!!

Two weeks ago, five lucky winners walked away with copies of the latest way-cool Putumayo world music CD release Italia (a collection of songs recorded by contemporary Italian singer-songwriters).  Last week, one lucky person cashed in on five killer jazz CDs from Sony Music and a gift certificate from www.americanwinery.com.

This week, we’re giving one lucky winner a combo-pack of 1WineDude gear: a Socrates Wine coffee mug, a “Wine Rules!”  T-shirt, and a copy of the 1WineDude Tasting Guide eBook!

The rules are simple: you leave a comment on this here post, and I will randomly draw a winner from the comment pool.  It’s easy… and the winner could be YOU!

For this give-away, I’m looking for your help – I need you to PIMP MY CELLAR!…

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