Free Tickets to Bay Area Wine Event Dark and Delicious

Do you love wine? Do you love free wine? How about free wine and free food that also tastes good? I have available 2 free tickets for you and a friend to attend the “PS I Love You’s Dark & Delicious Event” in Alameda on Friday, February 18th from 6-9pm. The event will be showcasing petite syrah from 40 different wineries and serving food from 30 different producers. Normally, tickets are $63 each!

More details can be found here and here


Dark and Delicious 2011
Rock Wall Wine Company
2301 Monarch Street
Alameda, CA 94501-7509
February 18, 2011 6PM – 9PM


Simply add a comment to this post with your name and you will be entered. I will randomly select a winner next week.


One entry per person please. Open to U.S. residents only. The winner will be announced next week, randomly chosen posts from the comments section of this page! Click the photo below for more details.

Disclaimer: These tickets are being provided to me for free from the PR company putting on the event. Sure I could have taken them for myself, but what fun would that be? Maybe I’ll buy a couple tickets and join you!

Dark and Delicious Flyer 2011

Winexpression to Close

I must fly away to another flowerAfter almost 8 years, I have decided that my Wine Blogging journey has come to an end. Thanks to all the readers, PR staff, and fellow wine bloggers that supported me through this journey. I have a few posts to finish up and will explain a bit more, but basically this forum has run it’s course in my life and I am ready to move on. I have valued the feedback I have received and thank you all for your support. Stay tuned for a few more posts with the most valuable wine lessons I’ve learned, tips for wine bloggers, and some final reviews and notes from recent tastings I have attended.



Winners Announced for Week of September 20th Contest

Congratulations to Ciara and Naomi! I’ll be emailing both of you with a list of books you can choose from.
Now how can you win this week?

The Contest

Just leave a comment below with your favorite type of music or a specific song you like to listen to when you drink wine.

The Rules

One entry per person please. Comments will be closed after October 4th, and a winner will be chosen at random and announced next week.

And the Winner is….


Mike just won this book!

Congrats and enjoy the book!

Now, since I’m sure there are some who didn’t get their name in, I’ve decided to give away a book a week for the next 7 weeks. Every week you’ll have a chance to win if you leave a comment below on any post from that week. Same rules apply, one entry per person per week, live in the U.S. of A and like to read about wine (or simply fill decorative book shelves). The winner will be announced next week after Monday and have their choice from the following books:

Wine Spectator’s Ultimate Guide to Buying Wine

The Science of Wine

The Best of the Wine Country

The Emporer of Wine

Noble Rot

The Concise Wine Guide

A Vintners Guide to Red Wine

The Contest

This weeks question: How often do you cook with wine? If you don’t cook with wine, why not?

6 Year Anniversary Contest Winners Announced

After the fantastically fair method of choosing my favorite people to give books to, I have decided on our winners!

Actually, that isn’t how it happened. To keep it fair, I printed everyone’s name onto a sheet of 8×11.5, cut small evenly spaced rectangles out, dropped them upside down in an empty cardboard cup, added some cream and sugar, and had a workmate reach in and pull out the winners:

1. Kimmers

2. Jenny T.

3. Zimmerwoman

4. Les E.

5. Jeff S.

6. Marisa

Congrats to all! I’ll be sending you an email with the list of books to choose from as it dwindles down.

Hopefully you will find these books just as educational and entertaining as Winexpression. One of my favorite’s is Hugh Johnson’s A Life Uncorked.  Pieces of his passion helped me appreciate the tales and emotions that are included in every glass. Passion for Pinot is a great coffee table book, with awesome photography provided by the senior sharpshooter on the project, Bob Holmes. Bob is one of those guys that delivers fantastic captures while not being over the top. His composition, attention to detail, and fantastic understanding of the medium makes each page he contributed to a pleasure to gaze at, and for longer than you planned. And of course, my fellow blogger and amigo, Dr.Vino, offers a great piece of work with his latest book A Year of Wine.

If you didn’t win (basically if you’re a loser) and you would still like one of these books, clicking on the link above gives me credit for your purchase and I can continue to pay the enormous hosting fee required to keep this top tiered website running and feed my starving children all at the same time!

Thanks again to everyone for all of your comments! I guess I’ll have to find those notches Emeril is always talking about and kick it up to one of them.


Happy 6 Year Anniversary Winexpression

cabernet_grape_clusterFour score and two thousand one hundred and eleven days ago, this wine blog first graced the world with it’s presence. In a lack luster post with minimal verbiage and a link that now points to a broken page, the blog set a standard that it has continued to uphold down to today.

This site still remains a hobby for myself, and as a means to inform my friends of wine news, values, and the occasional rare find. Are there better wine bloggers out there with more dedication, a better grasp of grammatical syntacticationality, and more time on their hands? You betcha! But, that doesn’t mean I’m throwing in the keyboard or slowing down. On the contrary, I believe this medium is constantly developing and I plan on progressing with it.

Here’s to another 6 years.

P.S. For actually making it to the end of that rant, you are automatically entered in our free book drawing! Just leave a comment below (anything really, a :) smiley is fine) and you’re in. Six winner’s will be selected on Tuesday morning, September 1, and you can pick any book below (first come first served, the first winner will be able to choose from any book, the second will be down whatever the first person choose, and so on)I’ll update this post Updated with a more extensive list of books to choose from:

Wine For Dummies (For Dummies (Cooking))

The Wine Bible

A Year in Wine

Passion for Pinot: A Journey Through America’s Pinot Noir Country

The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine


A Life Uncorked

Noble Rot: A Bordeaux Wine Revolution

The Emperor of Wine: The Rise of Robert M. Parker, Jr., and the Reign of American Taste (P.S.)

Wine Spectator’s Ultimate Guide to Buying Wine, Eighth Edition

The Science of Wine

The Concise Wine Guide

The Sommelier’s Guide to Wine: A Primer for Selecting, Serving, and Savoring Wine (Sommelier’s Guide to Wine: Everything You Need to Know for Selecting)


One entry per person please. Open to U.S. residents only. No entries after Tuesday morning at 8:00 AM PST will be accepted. The winner’s will be announced Tuesday, randomly chosen posts from the comments section of this page! Once the first winner makes their selection, that book will no longer be available from the list, and subsequent winners will have a smaller selection to choose from. Some links may be pointing at the wrong edition of the book, but for the most part, I believe we are pretty accurate.

Update: Comments are closed! The winners will be announced today and notified via email.

Khaya Cookies – Delicious Treats From South Africa

khaya_cookie_grapeseed_shortbreadSouth Africa has shot onto the scene as a wine making region of note, and now a company aims to expand on that success by producing cookie’s that include ingredients like grapeseeds and Rooibos that, they claim, can be paired with wine. The Khaya Cookie Company was founded by Alicia Polak, an investment banker turned social entrepreneur, who saw a need to help unemployed men and women find jobs, and this company became the vehicle to facilitate that.

Right now the company is running a promotion until July 15th,2009. By buying a pack of cookies you can enter to win your choice of one of three trips to South Africa and support local job creation. Details can be found here.

I was sent a press sample of the Grapeseed shortbread cookies and the following are my thoughts.

Khaya Cookie Company – Grapeseed Shortbread with Currents
Price: $5.75
These cookie’s are dangerous! They are buttery, crunchy, and light bite-sized morsels that are too easy to eat. I found them to be a great pairing with champagne or you might try a buttery chardonay.
The box touts the health benefits of grapeseed powder which is rich in antioxidants, and the package contains no preservatives or additives and zero trans-fats. A product of South Africa.

Available at fine retailers like Peet’s Coffee and Tea or Online at

Flayvors of Washington Video Contest Announced

Flavors of Washington Contest 2009Columbia Crest, the maker of some very nice value wines in Washington State, has announced a partnership with Food Network star Bobby Flay to promote the second annual “Flayvors of Washington” video cooking demonstration contest. The winner will receive a prize package valued at over $5,000 USD, and a chance for one-on-one cooking time with Chef Flay.

Here are a few of the contest details:

Your recipe should be inspired by a Columbia Crest Grand Estates wine and include at least one Washington-state ingredient (Apples * Asparagus * Blackberries * Chanterelle Mushrooms * Cherries * Clams * Dungeness Crab * Halibut * Hazelnuts * Lentils * Melon * Morel Mushrooms * Mussels * Oysters * Peaches * Pears * Raspberries * Salmon * Spot Prawns * Strawberries * Sweet Onions). Your video should be no longer than two minutes and showcase why you’ve got the winning recipe. America will vote on the entries and help select the semifinalists. Bobby Flay will then choose two finalists to come to New York for the Flayvors of Washington Face-Off Challenge, where they will prepare their dishes for a panel of judges and a winner will be decided!

Enter now through June 8, 2009.

Grand Prize

* Opportunity to cook with Bobby Flay in New York
* $5,000 cash
* Wine refrigerator
* Selection of items from the Bobby Flay at Kohl’s cookware line
* Autographed copy of Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill and Grill It! cookbooks
* Selection of Bobby Flay sauces and rubs
* Columbia Crest glassware and corkscrew
* Washington wine books

The official entry page and announcement form is here. []

And The Winner Is…

Can’t beat the odds! (Maybe it was the prize, or the fact that I haven’t posted in a while) Whatever the reason, the odds were in your favor if you entered Winexpression’s latest giveaway. The winner of the beautiful wine tube is:

Congratulations Donna! The Wine Tube will surely be a nice addition to your home. Enjoy!

Stay tuned for a story debunking the top ten wine myths here on Winexpression and more budget wine reviews.

Did you know?: There are an estimated 44 million bubbles in the average bottle of Champagne!

Wine Tips During Tough Economic Times

In news that surprised analysts, beer sales were down in many countries around the world in the fourth quater of 2008.  Dr.Vino weighed in on the wine side of the matter with a poll that showed most of his readers are buying less expensive wines at the same or higher volume.  Data on wine auctions has also been released that shows a sharp decline from the 2007 highs.  So what’s a wine lover to do?  Here are a few tips that I have already put into practice that will hopefully help you.

Tap Your Cellar

If you have been collecting wine, now is a great time to start enjoying all those bottles you’ve saved, especially since some of them will soon be going south.  Most wines made these days are made to be enjoyed within the first 5 – 10 years, so tap into your collection and enjoy.

Share Mailing List Shipments

Know someone who enjoys the same wines that you do?  Are you on mailing lists that you don’t want to lose?  Ask your friends if they would like to go in on the shipments.  Deferring the cost even a little might make that credit card statement easier to swallow.

Drop Mailing List Shipments

Are you caught in a spiral of buying wines that you don’t drink just because someone rated them high?  Are there other wines you enjoy at the same price point that you can buy on an as needed basis?  Now is a great time to trim the wine club fat and keep the subscriptions you truly love.

Explore Your Local Wine Retailer

You’ll be helping the little guy.  Exploring different regions, price points, varietals, and styles of wine will help you broaden your palate and is a great education.  Even if you do buy a couple of mediocre or bad wines, just remember, experience is what we get when we didn’t get what we wanted.

Avoid Ordering Alcohol Out

This is pretty much a no-brainer.  The markup on alcohol is huge.  It’s better to cut back on your overall bill than altogether not supporting your favorite restaurants.  Not drinking alcohol out will also keep you from possibly being a liability on the road.

Share The Cost With Friends

Many hands make the load light.  If you’re having a dinner party, ask your friends to chip in. They can bring a bottle to share, or help with the cost if you’re providing all the drinks.

Drink Less

Maybe not less times a week, but less on each occasion. If you enjoy a glass with your husband or wife with your meal, put the bottle back in the fridge and save the rest for tomorrow nights meal.  Since we really appreciate the first and last sips the most, you’re doubling your enjoyment of that wine!

Hopefully a couple of these tips will help you ride the economic storm. And since you might be consolidating your wine collection, I thought a giveaway would be in order!


I’m giving away the Wine Tube wine rack. To enter the contest just leave the name of one of your favorite budget wines in the comments section below. Or, if you have a wine tip of your own, or just want to say hi, leave a comment below and you will be automatically entered.


One entry per person please. Open to U.S. residents only. No entries after Sunday at 8:00 PM PST will be accepted. The winner will be announced early Monday morning, a randomly chosen post from the comments section of this post!

I hope you win!


The winner is announced here.

And thanks again for your support. I wouldn’t have this site without you, and even if I don’t post as often as I used to, I will always try to keep quality posts coming your way.


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