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Going Iconclastic: Dead Bolt Wine StubHub.com Giveaway!

Vinted on June 18, 2013 binned in 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!

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French Wine Society Membership Giveaway!

Vinted on June 4, 2013 binned in 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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ClubW.com Giveaway Winner, Discount Code (And Hitting The Wine Competition Trail)

Vinted on May 14, 2013 binned in giveaways, going pro

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the ClubW.com giveaway, and special thanks to ClubW.com for offering up the loot! The giveaway is officially closed, and our randomly-selected winner is…

Jeff Eckles!

Jeff noted that he’d like to try some of the wines on offer from ClubW, specifically the 2007 Chateau de Mattes-Sabran Dionysus Corbieres, the 2012 Banyan Creek Gewurztraminer
and the 2009 Domaine de Milliere VDP Vaucluse Rouge. And so now he’ll get the chance to do that (for about $0.00, I suspect).

For those of you who aren’t Jeff, but are interested in checking out ClubW.com, they are also offering a discount code to you for being a 1WD reader (and yet, most of you benefitting from that will have paid me $0.00 for all of my work in reporting wine to you all of these years… the irony!). The code is “4111wine” (minus the quotation marks, naturally) and comes with a $13 value for signing up (basically one free bottle of vino). To redeem the code, just access ClubW.com from here and enter 4111wine into the Voucher/Referral box when checking out with your order.

Enjoy!

While we’re together here, I’ll also take the opportunity to report on a few 1WD-related happenings (humor me, okay?)…

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