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Giveaway! The Stemware Edition!

Vinted on May 25, 2009 under giveaways

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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Wine Book Giveaway Winners!

Vinted on March 20, 2009 under giveaways, wine books

51dshueycl.pngWe 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.

Cheers!

Gripped By Giveaways: Win a Copy of “Corked By Cabernet”!

Vinted on March 11, 2009 under giveaways, wine books

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 Mrs. Dudette 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 Mrs. Dudette and 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!

Cheers!
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1WineDude Broadcasts Live! Plus – Twitter Tasting Giveaway Winners!

Vinted on August 19, 2008 under 1WD LIVE, giveaways, twitter, twitter taste live
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The next superfunkadelic and ultra-exciting twitter LIVE Tasting Event is nigh upon us!

On Thursday at 7PM ET, I and my cadre of Philly-area wine geeks (henceforth to be called the 1WDP – or 1WineDude Posse) will be tasting what looks to be some stellar wines from Alsace stalwart Hugel & Fils, LIVE via twitter. Hit up BinEndsWine.com for the details on how YOU can join up for this event!

What’s more, the 1WDP will also be video broadcasting the event LIVE, so you will get to see things like a) just how smarmy my wine geek friends are, b) how short I really am, c) what my kitchen looks like, complete with the way cool Wire Chicken, d) how I look and fail at typing as I get progressively more and more inebriated!

To witness the madness, just come back to this post and view the embedded video herein. If you dare!

UPDATE: If you are joining us for the tasting event, head over to this link and register your bad self so everyone else participating follows you on twitter!

Speaking of the twitter tasting event, last week I hosted a giveaway for anyone leaving a comment to suggest what food to serve with all of that great Alsace wine during the twitter tasting event. Thanks to all those who participated – I also want to commend you for suggesting so many dishes that made me drool but have an almost negative chance of my wife cooking them (e.g., pork bellies). You can check out the stellar suggestions here.

With the help of my dog (don’t ask), I randomly selected two winners from those who submitted comments… and there are…

First Prize (1WD T-shirt): Bradley Cooper!

Second Prize (1WD eBoook): Bloviatrix!

Congrats! I will be contacting each of you to deliver the goods.

See you (or, rather, you may see me) on Thursday!

Cheers!
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