Wine Lover's Game

By staff July 10, 2008

Watch out Florida Lottothere’s a new high-stakes contest in town!

By Judi Gallagher

OK, I have NEVER been the one to win the big prize. Try as I might, I don’t even seem to get to redeem my store coupons on time, so when these announcements came in through the wires, how I could not spread the word? Goodness knows, I won’t win, but hopefully one of my readers will and share the vino!


A famous Scottish author once said that “wine is bottled poetry.” In an artful twist of the cork, Carrabba’s Italian Grill is giving consumers the opportunity to leave their creative mark on the label of an exclusive new wine from Ruffino. 


Ruffino is producing a limited-edition baby Super Tuscan available only at Carrabba’s this fall. The wine is almost ready to be bottled in Italy, and the only thing missing is a name. Consumers are invited to submit suggestions through July 31, 2008, for the chance to win a $1,500 epicurean prize package, including a case of the exclusive Ruffino wine, a 2008 holiday dining experience for 12 by Carrabba’s at winner’s home, and a year’s worth of Carrabba’s dinners in 2009.  Consumers can visit from now through July 31, 2008 to enter Carrabba’s “Uncorking Creativity” Contest and submit their suggested name for the new Ruffino blend. All submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

·        Overall uniqueness of name

·        Appropriateness for the wine blend

·        Match with the Carrabba’s Italian Grill brand (e.g., heritage, atmosphere, food)

·        Brief description of name inspiration (100 words or less)

 visit for all the details.


                      Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is offering one lucky wine lover (hint, hint, hint) a 100-bottle collection of wine from the 2008/2009 Fleming’s 100. If anyone that wins doesn’t have storage, count me in for a SarasotaMagazine swirl party (future blog coming on that front). Here’s what you need to do:


Enter by July 30th as winners will be announced on July 31 ( note to Fleming’s that I will keep my cell phone on all day) and follow the instructions to complete the online entry form.


One lucky oenophile will win 100 bottles from the national selections of the highly regarded Fleming’s 100, including vintages from around the world. Thirty of the  bottles are hand-selected by Fleming’s director of wine, Marian Jansen op de Haar, to suit Judi Gallagher’s, I mean… the winner’s palate. You’ll also get a wine refrigerator in which to store the winner’s newly acquired 100-bottle collection. And 100 runners-up will receive one bottle from the Fleming’s 100.So get off this blog and start entering these contests! Oh yeah, I prefer red wine if someone else wins!


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