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Rose week giveaway 2019: Luminarc wine glasses

Luminarc wine glassesToday, to celebrate the blog’s 12th rose extravaganza, we’re giving away four Luminarc wine glasses

And the winner is: Seena Spencer, who selected 272; the winning number was 274 (screen shot to the left). Thanks to everyone who participated.


Today, to celebrate the blog’s 12th annual rose extravaganza, we’re giving away four Luminarc wine glasses. The 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 wine glasses.

Rose week giveaway 2018: Three free wine books

Today, to celebrate the blog’s 11th rose extravaganza, we’re giving away three free wine books:

And the winner is: Karen Rosenheimer, who selected 898; the winning number was 849 (screen shot to the left). Thanks to everyone who participated.


• The controversial Napa at Last Light, James Conway’s look at “America’s Eden on the Edge of Calamity.”

Rex Pickett’s Vertical, the sequel to Sideways.

An autographed copy of the cheap wine book.

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 picnic set.

Rose week giveaway: VaVino wine and cheese picnic set

vavinoAnd the winner is: Jon, who selected 485; the winning number was 385 (screen shot below). Thanks to everyone who participated.


Today, to celebrate the blog’s 10th rose extravaganza, we’re giving away a VaVino wine and cheese picnic set. Thanks to MoonRise Market for donating the picnic set.

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 picnic set.

Winebits 478: Wine accessories, marijuana, Cliff Richard

wine accessoriesThis week’s wine news: Baseball wine accessories, plus Colorado’s billion dollar pot business and Cliff Richard’s winery

Batter up: Those of you who doubted the connection between baseball and wine last fall – or, even worse, were bored by it – must now be corrected. How about this baseball player wine holder? The bottle fits upside down, with the neck in the player’s grip, and it looks both real and odd at the same time. It comes with player logos for many teams, including the World Series champion Chicago Cubs. So where should I display it in the house?

That’s a lot of dope: Colorado’s marijuana dispensaries sold $1.3 billion worth of recreational and medical pot in 2016, up 31 percent from 2015 and almost double from 2015. Anyone who thinks legal marijuana isn’t going to affect wine sales isn’t paying attention. Colorado wine totals less than $40 million each year, and grows at about half that rate. Or, to look at it another way, the entire U.S. wine industry sells about $60 billion a year, and one small state already does two percent of that total. No wonder the three-tier system is rearing its ugly head to regulate weed.

Discounted wine real estate: Cliff Richard, the British pop star all too familiar to people of a certain age, has slashed the price of his Portuguese wine estate by one-third. You can own a 15-acre vineyard, two houses, two pools, and a tennis court, plus a winery, for just €6.5 million (about US$6.9 million). The property has been on the market for three yearst, which means the discount is even bigger with the almost one-third fall in the value of the euro.

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.

The VinGarde Valise

The VinGarde ValiseRegular visitors here know how little use the Wine Curmudgeon has for wine accessories, and especially those that cost $199.99. Nevertheless, there is something about Barry Wax’s VinGarde Valise that makes me want to buy it. Maybe it’s that the video calls Barry the “wine accessories maven.” Regardless, imagine all the $10 wine I could take with me when I fly. Or throw down the stairs without breaking.

And yes, those are real bottles of Chateau Petrus in the video, perhaps the world’s most expensive wine. Barry assured me, though, that they weren’t his. The video, regardless, is much fun: