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Contest Alert: Mondavi Prize Pack Giveaway

The 2011 Philadelphia Food & Wine Festival at the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia will be taking place on October 21-23.  A highlight of the festival will be the Robert Mondavi Discover Wine Tour with special guest Ted Allen.  To share their excitement about the tour, Robert Mondavi Winery is offering a prize pack giveaway for one lucky WineLife365 reader.   The only thing you need to do to win the prize pack is make a guess on the total number of natural (i.e., cork) wine closures that I’ve got stashed in my WineLife365 “Estimation Station” (shown below) and like the Robert Mondavi Winery FaceBook Page.  That’s it!  The first person to guess the number of closures (without going over) wins the prize pack.

To Enter: 

  • The contest starts now and is open to anyone!
  • Place your guess in the Comment area of this post or the WineLife365 Facebook Page.  Please limit to 2 guesses.
  • Like the Robert Mondavi Winery FaceBook Page.
  • This contest will close at 12am ET on Saturday, October 22nd, 2012.

I will announce the correct number and the lucky winner shortly after the contest closes. 

Pack includes a Robert Mondavi chef’s apron, Sigg Steel water bottle, keychain, and a copy of Ted Allen’s The Food You Want to Eat cookbook. 

Press Release:

Now in its sixth year, the Robert Mondavi Discover Wine Tour is an interactive, educational, and fun event that brings the Napa Valley wine country experience to wine-lovers across the US at various food and wine festivals.  The Philadelphia Food & Wine Festival will feature cooking demonstrations and tips by Food Network Chopped host Ted Allen, a Robert Mondovi Private Selection Food & Wine Ambassador, who continues to engage with consumers and solve – and simplify – the food and wine pairing mystery.  Along with Ted at the Robert Mondavi Winery’s Napa-inspired tasting pavilion will be educational seminars and other interactive events all communicating Robert Mondavi’s message that wine is for everyone, not just connoisseurs and sommeliers.

Robert Mondavi Discover Wine Tour highlights include:

  • Educational Seminar – a Wine 101 class to help learn the basics on what to look for (and taste) in every bottle
  • Wine & Cooking Stage – get the taste buds going with demonstrations and tastings by local chefs and wine experts
  • Essence Station – put your senses to the test and learn how to appreciate wines subtle aromas
  • Interactive iPad – email recipes and wine pairings, see photos, sign up for Winery news, and view tasting notes all at the touch of a button
  • Mondavi Theater – watch a short documentary film showcasing how Robert Mondavi revolutionized the American wine industry 

Robert Mondavi Official Site
Mondavi on Twitter
Philadelphia Food & Wine Festival

I’ll Be Back!

If you’re kickin’ yourself for missing the 4th Annual New York Wine Expo this past weekend – you’ve got good reason!

My wife and I made the annual trek to NYC to sample a remarkable array of wines from Old World producers from places like France and Italy, to New World wines from South America and the United States –  to name just a few.  Attendees had a whopping 760 different wines to choose from; and over 190 wineries from around globe were on hand to pour their newest creations.

I’d either be lying or still passed out drunk somewhere in a New York City alley if I told you that we were able try all 760 wines, but we did our best to try at least a few of the wines at each exhibitor’s table.

Here were just a few of the wines that left us tipsy in their awesomeness:

  • Winemaker, Miguel Jesus Gonzalez Sahuqillo of Bodegas Villavid traveled all the way from one of Spain’s more obscure wine regions, Manchuela, and dazzled our taste buds with both the Blanco Villavid (D.O. Manchuela)  and the Woman Soul (Made for a woman –and good enough for a dude! :) ), both consisting of 50% Macabeo and 50% Verdejo grapes.  

  • On the red side of things, both Wines of Argentina  and Portugal Wines brought their A-games.  They were well represented by dozens of exciting and a few barely pronounceable reds like the Portuguese 2007 Esporão Reserva that was a blend of Aragones (Tempranillo), Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Alicante Bouschet.  Try saying that 3 times fast! 
  • We also loved, I mean LOVED the 2007 Saurus Patagonia Select Pinot Noir from Familia Schroeder in the Valley of San Patricio del Chañar (Argentina). 
  • For the very wealthy wine collector or someone who really wants to splurge, there was a lot to Ooh and Aah over with the nearly $100 bottle of 2008 Achaval Ferrer Finca Bella Vista Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina that oozed with seductive elegance and refinement. 
  • For dessert, wine lovers with a sweet tooth had lots of treats to choose from.  Our favorite was the 2008 “Naturally Sweet Wine” Vinsanto from Santorini’s Santo Wines.  Comprised of 75% Assytriko and 25% Aidani grapes, this barrel aged, very rich wine provided a happy ending after a long afternoon of tasting.

Notwithstanding the many great wines at this year’s expo, there were also some terrific wine personalities as well to help pour on the education.  We had the pleasure of meeting Mark Oldman, best-selling author of Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine and the beautiful and energetic Leslie Sbrocco, otherwise known as Thirsty Girl.

Finally, we happened upon a great local wine story this year.  Or, should I say that “it” found us! :)    As we were preparing to wrap things up for the day, we were stopped by a gentleman named Craig.  As it turned out, Craig was the boyfriend of Alie Shaper, president and winemaker of Brooklyn Oenology.

Shaper, a former aerospace engineer, decided a few years back to turn her hobby and love of wine into a new full–time career and began Brooklyn’s first urban winery.  Now, you’re probably asking yourself, “they make wine in Brooklyn?!”  Well, not quite yet at least.  BOE currently doesn’t have its own vineyard; the company rents space and winemaking equipment from Long Island’s Premium Wine Group to produce its own line of wines made from grapes mainly sourced from local Long Island grape growers.  What I also found particularly interesting about Brooklyn Oenology wines was the incredible and unique artwork on their labels.  To help showcase local artists, Brooklyn Oenology features artwork on each of their bottles created by an artist living or working in Brooklyn.  Another cool thing about their artistic labels is that they easily peel off in case you’re interested in saving the label.  The company recently opened its first tasting room where they showcase their own Brooklyn Oenology Wines and also feature a rotating guest selection of both wines and artisanal spirits from around New York State.

And so ends another great time at the New York Wine Expo!  If you didn’t make it to the expo this year, I highly recommend marking your calendar for next year…’cause you never know who or what you’ll discover!

A Job for ‘Big Joe’ or ‘Big Carl’ in NYC

If you watch the ABC sitcom Cougar Town, then you know exactly “who” I’m talking about…HILARIOUS!!

Do you love wine?  Do you love it by the gallons?  If you answered yes to either one of these questions, then you might want to consider packing up ‘Big Joe’ or ‘Big Carl’ along with a few of your favorite wine drinking buds and head to the Big Apple for the 4th Annual New York Wine Expo.  It’s a 2-day wine event that’s open to the public on February 25th and the 26th at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Drinkers Tasters will be treated to more than 600 wines from over 150 winemakers from around the globe.  Who knows, maybe you’ll have a chance to taste some cool Brazilian wines, possibly the mysterious Greek white known as Moschofilero, or some other less familiar gems like we did at this very event last year.

If you’d like to find out more about this great wine event, check out the website; and be sure to use promo code WINELIFE at the checkout line.  It’s good for $10 off your admission price on Friday or Saturday, but it expires on 2/18.

My wife and I will be going again this year, so if you see us – be sure to say hello!

By the way, my wife has a word of advice for the ladies:  keep your high heels or whatever other form of footwear that you deem as being “cute” at home because they don’t look particularly fabulous when they’re filled up with wet, sloppy, gray slush (if it snows again)…not to mention, you will be on your feet all day!


Win 6 tickets to the 1st Annual Six Flags GRAPE Adventure: A Wine and Food Event!

Gather up five of your closest buds, girlfriends or family members because you’re headed to Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey – Without the kids!  

You must be joking!?  I kid you not! :)  

Don’t worry – it’s not like you’re going be standing in a line for an hour waiting to be shot 45 stories high at 128 mph on the Kingda Ka coaster, or have to a see a chiropractor after being banged around by the monster wooden coaster El Toro, that features the steepest drop of any wooden coaster in the country. 

Nope, you’re not doing any of that lose-your-lunch, wild thrill stuff because the theme park is going to be CLOSED on the day that you and your wine pals are going to be there! 

On Saturday and Sunday, November 6 & 7, from Noon – 5pm, Six Flags Great Adventure NJ will be hosting its first ever post-season Wine and Food Experience!  

The event will feature NJ wineries, music, and the First Annual Battle of the Chefs.  And if that isn’t enough, the Safari will be open for this event as well!  So you and your wine gang will still have the chance to get up-close and personal with the lions, tigers and bears, and if you’re really lucky – have a giraffe or two lick your car windows clean! 

Good wine, Good food, No kids, No lines, and No visits to the Chiropractor = More Fun!  

Sound Good? Wanna Go? 
Here’s how:
All you have to do to win the complimentary passes to one of the two days is make a guess on the total number of wine closures that I’ve got stashed in my WineLife365 “Estimation Station” (shown below).  That’s it!
The first person to guess the number of closures without going over wins all 6 tickets for the Six Flags Grape Adventure Wine Event and Safari Package! 

Approximate dimensions of the container: 15 x 11 in. at the opening and 9 in. tall

To Enter: 

  • The contest starts now and is open to anyone!
  • Place your guess in the Comment area of this post or the WineLife365 Facebook Page.  Please limit to 2 guesses.
  • This contest will close at 12pm ET on Sunday, October 17th.

I will announce the correct number and the lucky winner shortly after the contest closes.  The winner will get to decide which day they want to go, and the tickets will be available at Will Call. 

Good luck and happy guessing! :)

Please note:  Travel arrangements are not included.

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