Blog about Cognac, win a trip to France

Always nice when something you enjoy doing already can reap great rewards… like a free trip to Cognac, France. Have a love for this distinguished, distilled, wine-based spirit? Then put your writing where your passport is. Have a blog? Then read on…

It’s a campaign brought to us by Palate Press and The Cognac Board, trying to get the word out to the masses about their brandy. First prize is an all-expenses paid trip to France for the Cognac Blues Passions Festival and tours of Cognac. From Asa to ZZ Top, a five day festival of music, sponsored by some of the finest spirits in the world. Tour the vineyards and Cognac houses, listen to the music, find your next great story. Second prize is $500 and third is three bottles of cognac.

Looking for a primer on Cognac? Sean Ludford gives it to you.

Need inspiration on what to write? Could be anything from the grapes in Cognac to cocktails made with it. Read this page to get ideas.

The Rules

The contest is sponsored by The Cognac Board, with the support of the European Union and France. There are a few legal requirements for your story to be considered by the judges.

  1. Please, no talk of sex.
  2. Please, the stories should not be about, or mention, “white” Cognac.
  3. Stories should not relate to specific brands. The Cognac Board’s task is to promote the appellation, and cannot be seen to support an individual brand.
  4. Only U.S. bloggers may participate.
  5. Please submit stories to Cognac@palatepressads.info prior to publication. The Cognac Board’s legal department will quickly review, not to edit, but only to assure they can include the entry in the contest and affix their logos. Upon approval from the Board, we will respond with the logos and legal disclaimer to be included with the post, as well as unique StatCounter codes for each entry.
  6. The first round of judging will be based upon how many page views the post receives, so the sooner you post, the more you can promote the post and get seen.
  7. The second round of judging will be done by a panel of judges from the U.S. and France.
  8. The last day to enter is April 10, 2011.




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