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‘Like’ Wine Enthusiast on Facebook and Win BIG

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 at 3:38:22 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Exciting conversations are happening every day on our Wine Enthusiast Facebook page and the buzz just got even better, with the launch of our sweepstakes!

Fusion InfinityNow not only can you discuss your favorite wines, discover wine pairings, watch wine tasting videos and find wine events, you can also WIN BIG.

1 out of every 20 people who ‘Like’ our page on Facebook will win a 6-month digital subscription to Wine Enthusiast Magazine, a set of Fusion Infinity Stemware or a 12-bottle Touchscreen Wine Refrigerator.

You have until June 11th to enter. ‘Like’ us soon, for your chance to win!

We Have a Winner! For the 2009 Blitzen Caption Contest

Thursday, January 7th, 2010 at 5:55:59 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies


After reading thousands of creative entries, we have finally selected our grand prize and 1st place winners for the Blitzen caption contest. We knew what Blitzen had to say, but what’s on Vixen’s mind? The answers were more hilarious than we could have imagined! Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner Sandy M, who will receive a FREE 18-bottle Touchscreen wine refrigerator. Plus, our first prize winners Stephen, Sandy B., Charlie, Madonna and Rob will receive $50 gift certificates to Wine Enthusiast. Check out their winning captions, here!

Then, celebrate our winners during our Blitzen Blowout! Find up to 60% off all Blitzen accessories.

Blitzen is Back! With His New “Deary”

Friday, December 11th, 2009 at 2:12:13 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies


Always a favorite, our Blitzen Caption Contest is back and the entries are rolling in faster than ever! This year Blitzen is accompanied by his sweetheart, Vixen, who is busy putting on her lipstick as Blitzen snoozes. It seems that Blitzen had a fun Christmas with his favorite beverage: wine of course! We know what Blitzen is thinking, as provided by our 2008 Blitzen caption contest winner: “I’ve fallen and I Chianti get up!” But what’s on Vixen’s mind?

Tell us what Vixen is thinking for a chance to win an 18-Bottle Touchscreen Wine Refrigerator, our Gift of the Year! 5 Runner Up’s will win $50 gift certificates. The contest expires on 12/25. That means there are two weeks left to wow our panel of judges with your witty entry!

Here is just a handful of the exciting captions we’ve received:

Pinot attention to him Santa, I’ve been good!

No rhyme or Riesling to it, red lipstick is always a must.
Wine Drinkers Make Grape Lovers
If you can’t handle the Cab, you pick up the tab.

The heart has its Reislings…

Wine on the lips, never goes to the hips!

Lips that touch WINE…will always touch mine!

Fruity and full bodied, sure and so is the wine!

I shiraz am havin’ a good holiday!

Chianti he see how beautiful I am?

Colorful lips for Merlot sips

I’m not that type of Gallo!

I’m hot enough to join the Cabernet!

Please remember to enter on the contest page, and not in the comments here, to be sure that your submission is received. Twitter members, follow BlitzenWine on Twitter, he’s posting the latest clever captions!

Tune in to Our Wine & Music Pairing Contest (Just Launched)

Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 4:39:48 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Wine and Music Pairing Contest

Enjoying a glass of wine while listening to a great tune can be a match made in heaven. The flavors and sounds harmonize together and enhance one another in a lovely way. Music and wine is simply a natural combination. As such, we’re proud to announce an exciting new contest at our Wine & Music Pairing Contest!

Here’s how it works:
Each week, we select a song from the Sony Music catalog. Tell us what type of wine you would pair with the song, and why.

Three winners will be selected each week by a voting panel of Wine Enthusiast employees
based upon originality and expressiveness.

Grand Prize: Sony Music CD prize pack, including all 10 albums featured throughout this contest and $100 Wine Enthusiast Merchandise Certificate

Honorable Mention: Sony Music CD prize pack including the current week’s featured album and $25 Wine Enthusiast Merchandise Certificate (2 Winners)

We have already been amazed by some of the fantastic entries we’ve received for this week’s selection: “America” from West Side Story, here is a little flavor for the competition:
Wine Pairing: Albariño
Wine Pairing Explanation: This is a Latin themed song so a Spanish wine
seems appropriate. The tone of the song reminds me of a block party on a
hot summer night with lots of dancing, and albariño is refreshing and has
enough fruit to be enjoyed on its own in a social setting. — Sam D.

Wine Pairing: 2005 Talbott Diamond T Estate Chardonnay
Wine Pairing Explanation: What’s best to transport you to the island of
Puerto Rico than a wine that can evoke lemon, pineapple and guava. This
tropical medley would make you side with Anita and long for the island.– Cesar M.
View this week’s song selection here, and enter for your chance to win! The contest is 10 weeks long so if this week’s selection doesn’t inspire you, simply visit the page next week. If you’re a Twitter user, be sure to use #WineMusicContest to Tweet about your entry. Let the symphony begin, best of luck!

Our 1st Annual Decanter Design Contest, Win $1,000

Friday, January 30th, 2009 at 2:21:40 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Lyra DecanterFor the first time in our 30-year history, we are calling on our customers’ creative juices to design an exciting new decanter for us. Decanters are a marriage of form and function, vessels that can open the aromatics of your wine, while displaying it artfully.

Over the years we’ve carried decanters of all shapes and sizes: horizontal, vertical, duck-shaped, antique, modern and even giraffe shaped! Now we are looking for some fresh ideas, what would YOU like to see in a decanter shape? The new decanter should be both beautiful and functional.

If you have a unique idea, submit it via JPEG to and you could win:

  • a Grand Prize of $1,000
  • a 1-Year Subscription to Wine Enthusiast Magazine 
  • Tickets to Toast of the Town in New York City, America’s Premier Wine and Restaurant Tasting Event. 
  • Have your design featured at Toast of the Town and in Wine Enthusiast Magazine, read by thousands of business professionals every day!

Calling all wine lovers with an eye for artistry, now is your chance to create a revolutionary new wine product, enter today! Or maybe you have a friend who may be interested? Pass on the link love! For more details visit our contest page, here.

Exciting Entries Pile in for The Blitzen Caption Contest

Monday, November 24th, 2008 at 6:44:21 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

BlitzenSince we launched our Blitzen Caption Contest just a week ago, we’ve been receiving hundreds of witty entries every day. It’s hard to keep up with our enthusiastic customers, all pining to win a Free 16-bottle Silent Wine Refrigerator or a $50 gift certificate. Please remember to enter on the contest page, and not in the comments here, to be sure that your submission is received. Twitter members, follow BlitzenWine on Twitter, he’s posting the latest clever captions!

Without further ado, here are some more recent entries:

Please refrein from posting this on Facebook—Sabrina B.

drinking and walking on roofs … bad idea– Donald K.

i made it rein last night- Anita S.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good wine– Vickie W.

Now I lay me me down to sleep, To dream of winning the fridge for my wine to keep.– Debbie C

On the 3rd day of Xmas…3 French Wines, 2 Turtle Dove Martinis, & a Pear Brandy with an almond brie—Britta U.

Eat, drink, and be….horizontal.—Darren D.

I will imbibe with no wine before its time!—Darryl S.

Through boozin’, just snoozin’—Judy F.

That last sip sleighed me—Ed J.

That’s not “visions of sugar plums” dancing in my head!– Marion O.

A little cabernet, then a nap in the sleigh!– Amy R.

Yes, I’m still bottle fed!– Marcia G.

Fruity finish with notes of licorice, berry and venison.– Bruce  W.

40 billion houses in one night….not having to do it again until next year…priceless!—Jane G.

Finally, some competition for Rudolph. Let’s see who Santa asks to guide the sleigh TONIGHT!– Stephen T.

You try standing with a cork in your butt!—Kirk S.

On Comet…On Cupid…On Donder…YAWN Blitzen—Susan B.

Enter the Blitzen Caption Contest, Win a FREE Wine Refrigerator!

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 at 6:41:50 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

The Blitzen Bottle Stopper, our most popular gift from the 2007 holiday season is back, and he has brought 2 friends! These whimsical bottle stoppers are all blitzed out, after having too much fun with wine at their holiday party. Two of the Blitzens have captions, but we’re missing one.

Blitzen Contest

To capture Blitzen in all his essence, we’re asking you, our customers, to tell us what Blitzen On His Back is dreaming about! Between now and December 19th, we’re offering a Free Wine Refrigerator or $50 Gift Certificates to the top entries, selected by our panel of judges. We plan to announce the winner on December 23rd via e-mail.

The contest has already fired up, with over 200 entries so far. Here are some recent submissions, to get the juices flowing!

‘When should I lay down that bottle of wine? *yawn* Right about now sounds good to me’  –Janice S.

Frankly my deer, I don’t give a dram—Jonathan K.

Fine wine now I recline!—Gary P.

I’m spending Christmas right here—Christopher H.

Is that a corkscrew or are you just happy to see me?
—Loryn R.

I wonder if I keep drinking will my nose turn red and then I can be the hero and guide the sled.—Robert M.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good nap!—Nicole S.

Odd…I don’t remember being able to fly upside down—Randall B.

The reindeer were nestled snug in their beds, while visions of Merlot grapes danced in their heads—Ruth L.

Give us your best caption idea, here!