There are two things to note about DrinkLocalWine's 2011 Regional Wine Week, which runs Oct. 9-15. First, it's the most ambitious effort in the event's four-year history, and it's not like we didn't try to make it a big deal in the past.
The second? Prizes. Lots and lots of prizes. More, after the jump:
Why the most ambitious? We've made a concerted effort to get not only wine writers and bloggers to do something for wine week, but have extended the invitation to anyone who wants to write about regional wine and has some sort of platform to do it. Consumers? Marvelous. Mommy bloggers? Of course. We'll even take a link from political and sports blogs, as long as the post is about wine from The Other 47.
In addition, we've commissioned three original essays to run on the website during wine week. Dave is going to explain why regional wine matters; Richard Leahy is going to write about the odd and wonderful world of regional wine grapes; and I'm going to suggest 10 things that most of the world doesn't know about regional wine.
To promote all of this, we're holding a 47-word essay contest (the scathingly brilliant idea of Virginia blogger Dezel Quillen), which is where the prizes come in. We've got tickets to DLW 2012: Colorado; autographed copies of Todd Kliman's The Wild Vine; books and DVDs from Laurie Forster, the Wine Coach; and Wine Shields, which I'm told is the newest technology for preserving open bottles of wine. It's a 47-word contest, of course, because there are 47 other wine states.
How do you win? Send us 47 words about your favorite local wine, regional producer, or area (to drinklocalwine at gmail.com) that aren't in California, Washington or Oregon. It's that simple. The contest ends Oct. 15, and details are here.