Win a Napa 4-day, 3-night getaway sweepstakes

Never one to pass up offering a free trip to one of the most beautiful places on the planet — northern California, or “norCal” as the local call it (I’m cool like that, you see) — I stumbled across this sweepstakes for those outside of the state of California (which, for some strange reason, doesn’t allow sweepstakes or allow you to win wine in a contest. Sponsored by the list of wineries which are featured in the promotion – Girard, Cosentino, Rudd and Vine Cliff – it’s a pretty sweet deal. And you don’t have to enter a photo, a video or anything else that would cause you to have to work for it. And who wants that?

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Cool contest: Sutter Home Build a Better Burger

Got grilling skills? Bring ‘em on and you could win $100,000 in the Sutter Home Build a Better Burger contest. California’s bastion of White Zinfandel has been hosting this contest for 21 years, coaxing creative burger recipes out of Americans across the land. Some really robust recipes have emerged over the years, from tuna-based burgers to portobellos and plopped on foccacia to pita. The full burgerbase is housed here if you’re looking for ideas for the contest or what to throw over coals tonight.

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Contest: Dave's Gourmet Sauce Recipe Challenge

An interesting press release came across my inbox and thought it might spur some creativity amongst my readers. If you decide to participate, let me know… I’d love to track your progress. – Taylor The Release (paraphrased in parts): “Dave Hirschkop graduated from Boston University back in the 1980s and opened a mom-and-pop restaurant called Burrito Madness. It was there he began experimenting with hot sauces and later moved into pasta sauces. He started Dave’s Gourmet 18 years ago, and has products in major retailers including Safeway, Williams-Sonoma, Whole Foods and Costco.

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Contest: Win a trip to San Francisco from Freixenet

Freixenet’s Tickle Your Romance Sweepstakes isn’t just a fill in the blank sweepstakes form… it’s a little more fun than that. Mad Lib style with their “Love Story Generator”, you create your own narrative by answering multiple-choice questions in about 3 minutes. You can then can email the results (which can be fairly sexy, mind you) to someone you love or just want to make giggle. To see the story, you don’t have to enter the contest, which is cool.

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Got a creative streak? Win a free trip to Australia from Mollydooker Wines

Mollydooker Wines, the uber cult winery out of Australia’s McLaren Vale, seeks your help with naming their red, bubbly Shiraz, the sister to their popular Boxer red. The competition is dubbed “Label Our Lefty” since Mollydooker is Australian for left-handed. But here’s a daunting footnote: The search for a name is worldwide… the competition will be fierce… are you up for it?

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Cool, upcoming cooking and homebrew contests: Win money, fame and bragging rights

If you have the motivation and courage to put yourself and your creative juices up for analysis, there are some interesting (and somewhat profitable) contests coming up for entry in May. Check ‘em out.

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April Fool's Quiz: The real wine labels versus the fake

For those who couldn’t grab five minutes to Google yesterday’s fake v. real wine labels, here are the answers to the April Fool’s wine label quiz.

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Happy April Fool's Day: Which of these wines don't exist? (fun)

Nowadays in the uber competitive wine realm, wineries must bring out the big marketing genius to capture the hearts and tongues of those new to wine. Often, the ballsiest, wackiest and the most salacious concept wins, no matter what the quality inside the bottle.

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