Giveaways – they’re back. With a vengeance.
I’m teaming up with Sony Music to give away some killer jazz classics, and to hook you up with some American wine.
Many of you know that I’m a music buff, and that I dabble in “Real Life Rock Band” by playing bass guitar for the Steve Liberace Band. Probably wouldn’t come as a surprise then that I enjoy pairing music with mood and food, almost as much as I do pairing wine with mood and food.
Now it’s time for YOU to talk about how you’d pair some awesome jazz with your favorite wines.
Here’s how this thing will go down:
- Peruse the embedded widget below, which contains selections from five killer jazz albums (I’m especially fond of the Brubeck, Miles, and Tito Puente selections myself).
- Think about what you’d consider an awesome wine pairing for one, several, or all of the cuts.
- Leave a comment on this here post, telling us what wine you’d pair with your selected track(s), and why you think it’s a killer pairing.
The widget has some sweet jazz cuts from the following albums: Tiempo Libre: Bach In Havana , Miles Davis: Sketches of Spain , Charles Mingus: Ah Um, Tito Puente: Dance Mania, & Dave Brubeck: Time Out.
If you can’t find something you like to pair with a good glass of vino out of that selection, then I’d say you have no hope of digging jazz. I should use this opportunity to point out that Mingus, as a bass player, kicked all kinds of a__.
On Monday, June 8th 2009, I will select a random winner from the comments, using a top secret procedure that involves my dog (no further details will be given – trust me, you don’t wanna know!). The lucky winner will get hooked up by Sony Music with copies of the 5 recordings featured in the widget, as well as a gift certificate from www.americanwinery.com so you can buy some wine to pair with your new tunes!…
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Giveaways are back! But despite the title, I’m not giving away stemware! Whoops!
Actually, I’m giving away five (5) – count ‘em, five – copies of the latest way-cool Putumayo world music CD release Italia, which is a collection of songs recorded by contemporary Italian singer-songwriters. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Italia will be donated to the Italian-founded organization EMERGENCY, which provides medical/surgical treatment to worldwide civilian victims of war, landmines and poverty.
None of this has anything directly to do with stemware, except for the fact that I wanted to give away these promo copies of Italia, and I’ve been itching to write about wine stemware, so yet another bizarre 1WineDude combination has been born. Sorry!
Anyway, if YOU want to win one of the five giveaway copies of Italia, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post telling us about what stemware you use to drink your wine, and why. Using a secret process that involves my dog, I will randomly select five winners from the comments. It could be YOU!…
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We have WINNERS!
As promised in my recent review of Michele Scott “Wine Lover’s Mystery,” titled Corked by Cabernet, I’ve got two giveaway copies of the book to, well, give away/
I’ve used a super-secret random process involving my dog to select two random winners from the list of commentators for that post, and here they are…!
1) RichardA of passionatefoodie.blogspot.com
2) S Goodwin of… well, I dunno where S Goodwin is from, actually.
Lucky Winners – Please e-mail me at your mailing info. at joe (at) 1winedude (dot) com and I’ll get you your prize copies of Corked by Cabernet with all-speed.
Giveaways have returned to 1WineDude!
I was recently sent giveaway and review copies of the latest Michele Scott “Wine Lover’s Mystery,” titled Corked by Cabernet. Michele is the author of other wine-related mystery novels, including A vintage Murder and the unfortunately titled Silenced by Syrah.
Giveaway copies mean, of course, that I’m gonna give them away – and YOU could be a winner!
Here’s an excerpt from the Corked by Cabernet book description:
Nikki Sands, manager of the Malveaux Estates in Napa Valley—and girlfriend of the owner—is blissfully happy. Until a guru’s devotee is killed on the famous Napa Valley Wine train and ruins her peace of mind.
Despite the fact that this book includes such potentially awesome story elements as a gruesome demise, spiritually enlightened gurus, prostitutes, and Japanese real estate tycoons, it’s still not really my cup o’ vino – so I asked a friend if she’d give it a whirl.
Her review (I’m paraphrasing):
“It sort of kept my interest. It feels like one of those Harlequin romance novels – if you like those and you like wine, then it’s probably decent Summer reading.”
So, there you have it. Corked by Cabernet also has a few wine and recipe pairings sprinkled throughout, including a chili recipe that I tried (which was very tasty indeed). That chili was spicy – but not spicy enough to make me want to kill…
Anyway, I’ve got TWO copies of Corked by Cabernet to give away, so let’s get down to the brass tactics. If you want to win one of these suckers, you need to leave a comment on this post by midnight ET on March 18 (yes, 2009), sharing your favorite wine book that is NOT a reference book. This means that way-cool tomes like the Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia and Andre Domine’s Wine are NOT eligible.
Using a top-secret process that involves my dog and used wine corks (you don’t want to know…), I will randomly select two winners from the comments, and reveal the identities of those lucky folks on Friday, March 20th.
To kick things off, I will tell you about my all-time favorite wine book that is NOT a reference book: Hugh Johnson’s The Story of Wine.
Simply put, The Story of Wine is a masterstroke. 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the first edition, and few wine-related books have aged so well (unless they’ve had Johnson involved, that is). Johnson’s The Story of Wine gently unfurls the history of our favorite beverage, with attention to detail that brings the whole twisted tale to life in a way that, like a colorful balloon whose patterns aren’t fully seen until it’s airborne, can’t be truly appreciated unless you’ve taken it in as a whole. It might be the best example of prose ever dedicated to the subject of wine.
So, yeah, I sort of dig it.
If I have a problem with The Story of Wine (and of course I do, because I’m incorrigible), it’s that a better title might be The Story of Wine as it Pertains to the United Kingdom and All of Her Glorious Subjects, as the book has a serious bent towards wine history’s impact on western Europe, and England in particular. But that minor cavil doesn’t stop Hugh Johnson from seriously (and brilliantly) delivering the goods.
And I want to point out that I’ve penned this entire post without making any juvenile phallic references to the later author’s name. Or does that count as as a reference?
Anyway – let’s hear your favorites!