Win a Weekend Getaway

October 21, 2010 | By | Comments (36)

2010_Hotel_banner Thanks to the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival, we’re hosting a special giveaway this week for our Facebook fans. This exciting event brings 70 restaurants, 170 wineries, celebrity chefs, artisans, and lovers of great food and wine together Nov 17-21st in beautiful San Diego for a culinary-palooza. Want to join the fun? Read on to find out how you might win tickets, passes to tastings, hotel accommodations, and more.

A wine expert and educator once taught me that describing a wine in terms of a famous actor or actress can sometimes tell it all. Let’s practice: A glass of shiraz is like George Clooney, rich, dramatic, and sometimes a bit wild. And dessert-worthy Sauternes can be as preciously sweet as Dakota Fanning (in Charlotte’s Web, not the Twilight movies). You can do this in broad terms by variety, but it also works well to describe a particular wine you love. 2009_wine_food_Festival_press_1

If you’d like to play, here’s how it works:

Step 1: “Like” us on Facebook (use the Facebook box to the right and click “Like” if you don’t already like us).

Step 2: Describe for us here in 50 words or less a wine variety or specific label in terms of a famous entertainer, politician, or other public figure. Entries should be typed into the comments field of this blog post. Entries are due by Tuesday, November 2 at 11:59 a.m. EST.

Editors will select their favorite based on originality, creativity, and how well you address our question. Winner will be notified via email by November 4, 2010. For full contest rules, click here.

The winner will receive:

Two tickets to the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival Reserve & New Release Tasting and Silent Auction Nov 19th
Two tickets to the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival Grand Tasting Event on Nov. 20th
Two tickets to a San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival cooking class of your choice
Two-night stay at the Omni San Diego Hotel.

Cheers!

 

COMMENTS

  1. Merry Graham

    I’m not sure if I should be the one to announce but I won! I was so shocked and sooo very excited! I’m eager to go! Thanks Cooking Light and San Diego Bay Wine & Food Fest!

    November 10, 2010 at 9:17 pm
  2. Jennifer

    Just wondering who won? Where can we find the information. Thanks so much!!!

    November 9, 2010 at 10:54 am
  3. Merry Graham

    Just checking in to see if the winner was announced. I loved reading all of the entries ~ fun contest.

    November 4, 2010 at 12:10 pm
  4. Heather

    A good Malbec is like Meryl Streep – the depth and character are beautiful and the complexity draws you in.

    November 2, 2010 at 12:50 pm
  5. Heather Cunningham

    A good Malbec is like Meryl Streep – its depth and character are beautiful and its complexity draws you in.

    November 2, 2010 at 12:44 pm
  6. Richard Graham

    There’s an Abbott and Costello lurking in the vines. Sip a Pinot Noir and you’ll find the straight man flavor of a single grape as it plays off a rich full body to create a snappy, vintage varietal. As memorable as “Who’s on First?” Pinot Noir gets better with time.

    November 2, 2010 at 10:57 am
  7. Merry Graham

    Gewurztraminer is like Goldie Hawn, a little eccentric in a lovable way, fruity yet well balanced with sweet spiciness. Rich golden yellow in color, both are loved for their light yet bold character reminding us to celebrate LIFE with laughter and friends and wine that have a little sweet pizzazz!

    November 2, 2010 at 10:48 am
  8. Merry Graham

    Gewurztraminer is like Goldie Hawn, a little eccentric in a lovable way, fruity yet well balanced with sweet spiciness. Rich golden yellow in color, both are loved for their light yet bold character reminding us to celebrate LIFE with laughter and friends and wine that have a little sweet pizzazz!

    November 2, 2010 at 10:45 am
  9. David Graham

    Persistent, forward and honest with an aftertaste that lingers like a good memory, Malbec is the Susan B. Anthony of wines. Raise a glass of this blackberry scented varietal, though she never would, to a temperance maven who won women the right to vote ninety years ago. Thank you Susan.

    November 2, 2010 at 5:43 am
  10. Laur Anne

    Due White Zinfandel’s soft and sweet characteristics that are captured by a unique processing, it could be regarded as the Audrey Hepburn of wine.

    November 2, 2010 at 1:48 am
  11. Laur Anne

    Due to White Zinfandel’s soft and sweet characteristics that are captured by a unique and processing, it could be regarded as the Audrey Hepburn of wine.

    November 2, 2010 at 1:47 am
  12. Laur Anne

    Due to White Zinfandel’s soft and sweet characteristics that are captured by a unique and processing, it could be regarded as the Audrey Hepburn of wine.

    November 2, 2010 at 1:46 am
  13. Laur Anne

    Due White Zinfandel’s soft and sweet characteristics that are captured by a unique and processing, it could be regarded as the Audrey Hepburn of wine.

    November 2, 2010 at 1:46 am
  14. Laur Anne

    Due White Zinfandel’s soft and sweet characteristics that are captured by a unique and processing, it could be regarded as the Audrey Hepburn of wine.

    November 2, 2010 at 1:46 am
  15. julia armfield

    Any variety of Charles Schaw ,better known as “two buck chuck”, reminds of me of Clint Howard (Ron Howard’s brother). The wine is always consistant, doesn’t cost much, and good enough in a pinch but certainly not great. Hardly memorable.

    November 1, 2010 at 8:19 pm
  16. Tracy Johnson

    A good wine is like Harrison Ford…well-aged, rustic, bold and and stands out from the rest.

    November 1, 2010 at 7:26 pm
  17. Layna McVay

    Stemilt Creek’s Sweet Adelaide is like the animated character “Strawberry Shortcake”. It is bright, sweet, spunky, and full of life.

    November 1, 2010 at 7:05 pm
  18. Jason Borkowski

    Deep, red, full, and exquisite in its silky, sexy, rich flavor, I can only compare Bogle Phantom to a kiss from the voluptuous lips of Scarlett Johansson. While I’ve had plenty of one, I’d give up some for a little taste of the other…

    November 1, 2010 at 7:04 pm
  19. Ronna Farley

    I would compare Cabernet Sauvignon wine to reality star Kim Kardashian.
    She comes from one of the world’s most famous families. She is young, full-bodied and smooth, and she pairs best with a “meaty” man!

    October 29, 2010 at 3:04 pm
  20. Tara Thomas

    A petite syrah reminds me of Lucy Liu — petite by description, but has a ton of spunk and packs a big punch.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:53 am
  21. Brenda Kingston

    When I have a glass of Matchbook Shiraz. I travel in time to the 50′s. Frank Sinatra is singing That’s Life. Ahhh it sure is.
    Then my iPhone rings and I am brought back to reality. I am drinking my Shiraz with Buble singing That’s Life on my ringer. ha ha That’s my Life!

    October 27, 2010 at 2:16 pm
  22. Mike

    A crisp Sauvignon Blanc reminds me of another Vintage… George Clooney. It starts with a complex yet shrill opening but given enough exposure, certainly leaves me fading into a state of unconsciousness.

    October 27, 2010 at 12:39 pm
  23. Shaine Melnick

    A glass of sparkling white zinfandel performs like America’s sweetheart Taylor Swift, with refreshing charisma, sweet nuances and bubbly charm throughout, as well as the ever present threat of a very public country “pop” hit should you shake it the wrong way.

    October 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm
  24. Jamie Schindler

    Southern California’s own wine varieties bring me back to the place where my heart lives. Every time I press the wine glass to my lips I close my eyes and am wisked away to the sandy beaches, cool breezes and warm sunshine of my favorite city in America.

    October 27, 2010 at 11:09 am
  25. Sarah

    A good Zinfandel is like Johnny Depp. It’s rich, smokey, and utterly seductive.

    October 27, 2010 at 10:58 am
  26. Ann Delgado

    Flashy labels and names can add a little fun to wine drinking. Wines that sport labels named after famous people may make you roll your eyes but you need to keep an open mind or you may accidentally pass over a hidden gem. Buy once for the label and then for the quality!

    October 27, 2010 at 9:59 am
  27. Deanne

    Jacuzzi Vineyards Bianco di Sei Sorelle is a crisp and complex wine offering fresh flavors of peach and pear. This refreshing version of Chardonnay makes me wish I was sharing a bottle with Gerard Butler in a “jacuzzi.”

    October 27, 2010 at 9:32 am
  28. Stephanie Sander

    Never judge a wine by it’s cup, but if you must, choose wisely, for while the true Grail will bring you life, the false Grail will take will take it from you.

    October 27, 2010 at 9:18 am
  29. Christine Davis

    Moscato reminds me of the Eagles, smooth, sweet, and enjoyable.

    October 25, 2010 at 3:13 pm
  30. Jennifer

    Cabernet Sauvignon is like Paul Newman – while young, seemingly bold and straightforward with a rough edge that you definitely enjoy but over the years it gets better and better gaining an integrity, complexity, and richness of character that create a rare longevity and universal appreciation with consistent enjoyment.

    October 25, 2010 at 6:49 am
  31. SusieBee

    A good NZ Sauvignon Blanc reminds me of Laura Linny in her current role on the show “The Big C”. Initially somewhat reserved, cool, tightly “flavored” transitioning to more “sauvage”, fresh, lively and satisfying.

    October 22, 2010 at 2:18 pm
  32. Karen Hauser

    I love Menage a Trois red. Although I have never been involved in such behavior, when I drink Menage I imagine I am having a rendezvous with my favorite spies, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) and 007 (Sean Connery.) It’s a ten to twelve dollar trip to France without needing a passport! :-)

    October 21, 2010 at 4:25 pm
  33. Melissa

    I love Bogle’s old vine Zinfandel. I would compare its flavors to Clint Eastwood. Mature and bold with a spicy, peppery nuance but if you pay enough attention, you can pick out a soft, sweet taste. So complex and enjoyable you keep going back for more!

    October 21, 2010 at 3:10 pm
  34. Katie

    Gewürztraminer is like Elizabeth Taylor…..pale and quite full-bodied with a strong, heady, perfumey scent!

    October 21, 2010 at 2:56 pm
  35. Cindy Champion

    Just found out Marilyn Monroe has a wine named after her…Marilyn Merlot, by Marilyn wines!! I love red wines and would love to try this! Its spendy and apparently you get a peep show on the bottle!lol

    October 21, 2010 at 2:54 pm
  36. Kathy Strawn

    Sparkling moscato reminds me of Carol King…sweet melodies and surprising harmonies!

    October 21, 2010 at 2:46 pm

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