I had so much fun with my Reader Appreciation Day give away (I’m a Sagittarian, we’re know for being generous), that my plan for this season of giving is to offer one gift per week during this holiday month. There are so many things to celebrate this month and I have a gift to cover it all from my prize closet.

So, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year… It’s all covered.

Here’s the giveaway line-up:

  • Week 1 (December 2 – December 4) Metal Imagination sculpture ($80.00) ~ WINNER: Roger Lee Paige
  • Week 2 (December 7 – December 11) Another pair of the Masters of Petite Sirah Riedel Vinum glasses ($70.00)
  • Week 3 (December 14 – 16) A small, two glass Riedel decanter ($50.00 ~ give or take a bit, I can’t find my invoice)
  • Week 4 (December 21 – December 25) A pair of tickets to Dark & Delicious, next February 19, 2010 ($120.00)
  • Week 5 (December 28 – January 1, 2010… Yes!) A dual membership as GrouPieS in the PSILY organization ($75.00)

Week 1 (December 2 – December 4): Metal Imagination wine gift: Check out the little Metal Imagination animated gif on the right hand side of this blog, for what they look like, if you don’t know. Also, you can click on this animation, and it will take you to the site to see which wine gift you’d like to choose. Once a winning name has been drawn for this prize, that person will just go to the Metal Imagination Web site and choose which sculpture you’d like to have. They’re really whimsical, and offer great decorating options. If it were mine, I’d be using it as a centerpiece on a table when serving great food and wine to my guests. They’re fun for conversation, on or off a table, guests or not. The limit on this prize is $80.00. Decide which sculpture you’d like to have, then I’ll arrange for you to place your order with my contact Sean. Metal Imagination will be mailing your prize directly to you. (It was offered to me, but I’ve decided to give it to someone on wine-blog. This is why I don’t have it here. We’ve decided to let you choose, because you may not have wanted the angel I originally picked out. I was thinking “Christmas,” when I chose the angel, you may be thinking “fisherman” for Uncle Harry.) Remember, this can be for you, or if you know someone with a special hobby depicted by one of these figures, choose that one as your own gift give-away for the holidays ahead. Once you’ve chosen, my friends at Metal Imaginations will ship your winning prize directly to you. You’ll definitely have it for the holidays.

Week 2 (December 7 – December 11): Another pair of the Masters of Petite Sirah Riedel Vinum glasses. Cheron (winner of my annual Reader Appreciation Day 2009) can now tell you how gorgeous they really are. And, so can Lowell Jacobson, he attended the Petite Sirah Symposium this past August. I gave a pair to him at the time. The pair have a combined total value of $70.00. They’re a limited edition (200 produced for that intimate event), and were carefully etched with an specially designed logo for that event. They’re rare and they’re gorgeous.

Week 3 (December 14 – 16):  I’ve got a great little Riedel (two glass) decanter ($50.00) that everyone loves for aerating just a couple of glasses of wine, versus the entire bottle. If you’re a lover of young, big red wines, this decanter is a must have. It’s perfect for decanting two glasses of any big red, without your having to pour an entire bottle into a decanter. This decanter is something I’ve purchased through PS I Love You, so it’s coming from that organization’s generosity base.

Week 4 (December 21 – December 25): A pair of tickets to Dark & Delicious, February 19, 2010, valued at $120.00, also coming from PSILY ($60/each). If you can’t go, pass them along to someone who means a lot to you. If you can go, this is a three hour wining and dining of Petite Sirah and some of the most delicious food imaginable. Bay Area restaurants and caterers (about 30 of them) match their food to the 40 or so wineries who are Pouring their Petites. This event draws out many of the winery owners who are pleased to be pouring their own wines. (At $60 a ticket, food, wine, free parking, no gratuity, this is a must-attend event, if you’re local, or if you come from afar. We have people who fly in from all around the US; in this, its fourth annual season.)

Week 5 (December 28 – January 1, 2010): A dual membership as GrouPieS in the PSILY organization. The value for this is $75.00. What you’ll receive is membership for two. (By the way, If you don’t win this prize, you can still become a GrouPieS member. Visit the PSILY GrouPieS web site, and still receive all of the benefits of this drawing. It’s $50 for one, $75/couple):

  • Two GrouPieS = two t-shirts (I’ll need your sizes).
  • Attendance at the Annual Barbeque (it’s free to GrouPieS). Winemakers will pour their Petite for you and delicious foods will be yours for the enjoying).
  • Annual prize drawing for one lucky person (Another set of Masters Glasses and will be chosen on December 31 of this year).
  • Reduced ($40) tickets for Dark & Delicious, if you choose to not volunteer.
  • If you choose to volunteer for D&D, only open to GrouPieS and our selected staff, you receive the following:
    • You get in for free
    • Enjoy an hour to taste food and wine
    • Receive a staff D&D T-Shirt
    • Get a six pack of Petite Sirah to take home

If you’re going to be shopping for wine gifts, and wondering what to buy, click here for wine gifts of your choosing.

RULES FOR Wine-Blog December Gifts

US ship-to addresses, only, please.

Just place your name in the comment box at the end of this posting of Wine-Blog December Gifts.

You can post your name every day of that week for that prize, during that week’s contest: Tuesday through Friday for the first week, then all week long for the subsequent weeks. That’s Saturday through Friday, to increase your changes to win wine gifts. You can do this once a day for that particular week, because dedication might pay off…

I’ll give each submission a number, as the names are generated in the comment box. I’ll place each name and number in a hat, and have Jose draw out the lucky winner for that week. On each Saturday, the name of the winner will be revealed, and your item will then be shipped to you in a timely manner.

I think the gifts are really fun, and the contest begins now… Best of luck and Happy Holidaze!

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