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Friday birthday week giveaway: 2 copies of the cheap wine book

cheap wine bookfridayrandomAnd the winner is: CBC Mike, who selected 222; the winning number was 248 (screen shot to the right). Thanks to everyone who participated. This was a record-setting birthday week, and I am most grateful.


 

Today, to celebrate the blog’s eighth anniversary, we’re giving away two autographed copies of the cheap wine book. This is the last birthday week giveaway. Thanks to everyone who participated. Few things make me as happy as giving the prizes away during birthday week. Your enthusiasm reminds me why I do this.

Complete contest rules are here. Pick a number between 1 and 1,000 and leave it in the comment section of this post. You can’t pick a number someone else has picked, and you need to leave your guess in the comments section of this post — no email entries or entries on other posts. Unless the number is in the comments section of this post, the entry won’t count.

If you get the blog via email or RSS, you need to go to this post on the website to enter (click the link to get there). At about 5 p.m. central today, I’ll go to random.org and generate the winning number. The person whose entry is closest to that number gets the gift pack.

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Thursday birthday week giveaway: A VinGardeValise

vingardevalisethursdayrandomAnd the winner is: Pat Valas, who selected 602; the winning number was 611 (screen shot to the right). Thanks to everyone who participated. Tomorrow’s giveaway, the final for birthday week, are two copies of the cheap wine book.


Today, to celebrate the blog’s eighth anniversary, the prize is a VinGardeValise, the ultimate wine bottle suitcase (and many thanks to VinGarde, a long-time pal of the blog) This is the fourth of five daily giveaways; check out this post to see the prizes for the rest of the week.

Complete contest rules are here. Pick a number between 1 and 1,000 and leave it in the comment section of this post. You can’t pick a number someone else has picked, and you need to leave your guess in the comments section of this post — no email entries or entries on other posts. Unless the number is in the comments section of this post, the entry won’t count.

If you get the blog via email or RSS, you need to go to this post on the website to enter (click the link to get there). At about 5 p.m. central today, I’ll go to random.org and generate the winning number. The person whose entry is closest to that number gets the gift pack.

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Wednesday birthday week giveaway: $50 Wine.com gift card

wine.com gift cardwednesdayrandomAnd the winner is: Bob, who selected 259; the winning number was 230 (screen shot to the right). Thanks to everyone who participated. Tomorrow’s giveaway is the legendary VinGardeValise, the wine suitcase to end all wine suitcases (and a pal of the blog).


Today, to celebrate the blog’s eighth anniversary, the prize is a $50 Wine,com gift card (and my thanks to the people at Wine.com for their continuing support). This is the third of five daily giveaways; check out this post to see the prizes for the rest of the week.

Complete contest rules are here. Pick a number between 1 and 1,000 and leave it in the comment section of this post. You can’t pick a number someone else has picked, and you need to leave your guess in the comments section of this post — no email entries or entries on other posts. Unless the number is in the comments section of this post, the entry won’t count.

If you get the blog via email or RSS, you need to go to this post on the website to enter (click the link to get there). At about 5 p.m. central today, I’ll go to random.org and generate the winning number. The person whose entry is closest to that number gets the gift pack.

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Tuesday birthday week giveaway: wine accessories gift pack

wine accessoriesrandomtuesdayAnd the winner is: Todd, who selected 717; the winning number was 729 (screen shot to the right). Thanks to everyone who participated. Tomorrow’s giveaway is the $50 Wine.com gift card, always one of the most popular prizes, and thanks to Wine.com, a long-time supporter of the cause.


Today, to celebrate the blog’s eighth anniversary, we’re giving away a wine gift accessories pack, courtesy of Wines of Rioja, and which includes the book, “Rioja,” by Ana Fabiano.. This is the second of five daily giveaways; check out this post to see the prizes for the rest of the week.

Complete contest rules are here. Pick a number between 1 and 1,000 and leave it in the comment section of this post. You can’t pick a number someone else has picked, and you need to leave your guess in the comments section of this post — no email entries or entries on other posts. Unless the number is in the comments section of this post, the entry won’t count.

If you get the blog via email or RSS, you need to go to this exact post on the website to enter (click the link to get there). At about 5 p.m. central today, I’ll go to random.org and generate the winning number. The person whose entry is closest to that number gets the gift pack.

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Winebits 412: Birthday week odds and ends

Birthday week ? Approaching 2,500 posts: Or, 2,423, counting this one. A little less than one-third of those have been wine reviews in eight years, which probably isn’t enough to make Google happy. On the other hand, only two percent have been wine rants, which makes me wonder why I haven’t written more. It’s not like there isn’t enough to rant about, and I probably could have written two percent of the blog with just rants just about the three-tier system.

? Where wine rarely goes: The geographic breadth of blog users never fails to amaze me — 173 countries this year, including four from Nepal. The Nepalese, given that none of the wine I write about can possibly be available there, deserve some sort of prize. Or maybe they appreciate great wine writing? The U.S. is the top country, not surprisingly, but with only 87.3 percent, which means that more than 1 out of every 10 visitors comes from outside the country. And though California is the top state, more than 83 percent of visitors come from the rest of the U.S. That does make me think I’m doing some good, despite any gloom to the contrary over the past year.

? My poor beloved Linux: Perhaps someone with more tech chops can explain why the various metrics track visitors by operating system, which I appreciate but don’t understand. Having said that, just one percent of the visitors came to the blog via Linux, and that’s probably me. Still, that’s three times as many as Windows Phone, which says more than any rant about Microsoft. The top operating system was Windows at 35 percent, but that’s just a couple of points better than the Apple phone. Maybe there’s something to this mobile thing?

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Monday birthday week giveaway: Unbreakable wine glasses

wine glassesrandommondayAnd the winner is: FiddleAround, who selected 142; the winning number was 138 (screen shot to the right). Thanks to everyone who participated, and we had close to a record number of entries. Tomorrow’s giveaway is a wine accessories gift pack, courtesy of Wines of Rioja, including the book, “Rioja,” by Ana Fabiano.


Today, to celebrate the blog’s eighth anniversary, we’re giving away six Schott Zwiesel Tritan wine glasses, the blog ?s unofficial wine glass, and which — if not unbreakable — are as sturdy as advertised. This is the first of five daily giveaways; check out this post to see the prizes for the rest of the week.

Complete contest rules are here. Pick a number between 1 and 1,000 and leave it in the comment section of this post. You can’t pick a number someone else has picked, and you need to leave your guess in the comments section of this post — no email entries or entries on other posts. Unless the number is in the comments section of this post, the entry won’t count.

If you get the blog via email or RSS, you need to go to this exact post on the website to enter (click the link to get there). At about 5 p.m. central today, I’ll go to random.org and generate the winning number. The person whose entry is closest to that number gets the gift pack.

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Coming Monday: Birthday week No. 8, with five days of prizes

birthday weekThe Wine Curmudgeon’s annual thank you to everyone who reads the blog and visits the site, since I wouldn’t be doing this without you. Contest rules are here. Those of you who get the blog via email or RSS will need to go to winecurmudgeon.com and click on that day’s prize post to enter. Rules are here.

This year ?s prize schedule:

? Monday: Six Schott Zwiesel Tritan wine glasses, the blog’s unofficial wine glass, and which are as difficult to break as advertised.

? Tuesday: A wine gift accessory pack, courtesy of Wines of Rioja, including the book, “Rioja,” by Ana Fabiano.

? Wednesday: A $50 gift card from Wine.com, and thank you very much to the people at Wine.com for their continuing contribution to the cause.

? Thursday: The VinGardeValise, the ultimate wine bottle suitcase, and thanks to VinGarde, a long-time pal of the blog.

? Friday: Two autographed copies of the cheap wine book.

Besides the prize giveaways, I ?ll recap the past year on the blog ? the top posts and the least liked on Monday, as well as my always insightful analysis about what it all means on Thursday, Because the wine business as we know it is about to change.