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Ryder Cup
(c) Ryder Cup

Mouton Cadet is giving away a pair of tickets to the 2016 Ryder Cup[1] to take place September 27 through October 2 at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, MN. To enter, post a picture on Instagram, tag @MoutonCadetUS and tell them how you #TeeUpWithMoutonCadet!

Who’s Playing
Well, we don’t know yet. The way this tournament works is players have to earn enough points to qualify to play. It was all started in 1927 by Samuel Ryder, a golfer who didn’t pick up the sport until after he was 50 years old. With some exceptions, the tournament has been held every two years and more than 300 golfers have participated in 40 Ryder Cup tournaments.

Teams of 12, one from the USA and one from Europe, compete against each other for the Ryder Cup. Team Captains will hand pick several players and the rest of the teams will be determined by a point system administered by the PGA. The top qualifying players at the conclusion of the Barclays Tournament on August 28 will make the teams.[2]

The current US players in the top 12 are Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Walker, Brooks Koepka, Zach Johnson, J.B. Holmes, Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler. So it looks like these guys have a chance at representing Team USA. A lot can happen in 10 days though…so we’ll see.

What You’ll Be Drinking If You Go
Mouton Cadet Ryder CupMouton Cadet, the most popular Bordeaux brand on the market and the official wine of the Ryder Cup, will be pouring a special cuvee designed specifically for the tournament. The Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec is as smooth as the golf course where the Ryder Cup will be played. Robert Trent Jones, Jr., architect of the Hazeltine golf course, sketched the bottle’s label design of a caddy as a tribute to his father, also a golf course architect.

Ryder Cup Mouton Cadet

Official Rules to enter the contest can be found here. Happy snapping! See you at the 9th hole!


Lawyer Footnotes
[1] A fancy, famous golf tournament for those who didn’t know #golflife
[2] As if golf wasn’t confusing enough already! #pointspread

Millesima Wine Blog Awards

File Feb 10, 11 27 06 AMImagine it’s a Tuesday morning. Imagine there’s lots of snow on the ground and you’re not looking forward to snow blowing your driveway watching Husband snow blow your driveway. It starts out as just another day, but then you open your email and a smile spreads over your face.

millesimaWell, that’s what happened to me yesterday when I found out I was a finalist in the 2016 Millesima Blog Awards! What a great way to start the day! Millesima is an indubitable leader in the sale of fine wine futures and grand cru wines with a home base in Europe and a flagship store in NYC. This year they’ve partnered with Bernard Magrez[1] to host their third annual blog awards, recognizing wine bloggers from Europe and America.

vue_aerienne_chateau_fombrauge_0The winner from each category will be flown to Bordeaux and put up at the decadent Château Fombrauge in St. Emillion, one of Magrez’ four grand cru[2] classé properties. While there, the winners will be treated to a sampling of each of his estate’s 2015 barrels[3] during en primeur week when the world gets its first taste of the 2015 vintage while still resting in the barrel[4].

weFinalists were chosen by Bordeaux wine experts, Xavier Sanchez and Nicolas de Rouyn. Somehow I’ve made it to the finalists round, but now I need YOUR help! The winners will be chosen by popular vote, and that’s why I need you (and all your friends) to vote for my entry. (Make sure you vote for Wine Esquire!)

If I’m selected and make my way to Bordeaux, I can promise you that I’ll be bringing home copious amounts of wine[5], and I’ll be giving away a bottle to one of my voters! Drop me an email at to tell me you voted for Wine Esquire and you’ll be entered to win! You’ll also be given a discount code to purchase fine wine from Millesima online.

This is so exciting! I think I’m gonna have to brush up on my French! Merci et bonne journée![6]

Thanks so much for your support!

wevoteLawyer Footnotes
[1] One of wine’s most well-respected and dignified wine magnates in the world. He’s been on my radar for years.
[2] Grand Cru means great growth and refers to a highly prized wine designation which delineates vineyards with excellent wine growing reputations. Magrez is the only one who owns four such vineyards.
[3] “Any offering from Bernard Magrez” has been on my wine bucket list since day one, so having the chance to actually VISIT his four properties is surreal.
[4] En primeur translates to “premiering” and is more popularly known as “wine futures.” It is a way for distributors and investors to get the good stuff for a good price since wine futures typically debut at the lowest price and go up from there. It has been increasingly used as a wine investment vehicle. Maybe I’ll get in on the investment scheme and buy some while I’m there…
[5] Who needs to bring clothes? What I really need is an empty suitcase. Or maybe one of these.
[6] That means “Thank you and have a good day!”

Breaking News – Wine Marathon – Star Wars Edition

Dearest Alleged Blog Readers,

You guys! It’s happening again! Its LastBottle Wine Marathon time! Our friends at LastBottle tell us that this one is going to be special. For starters, there’s a Star Wars theme, in honor of this week’s release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so it’s bound to be out of this galaxy.[1] We’ve also got some stellar juice including bottles from Sine Qua Non, Colgin, and Aubert.lastbottle starwars

Tomorrow at 9 a.m. PST (or Noon, WineEsquire time) the marathon will begin. A 2-day period of crazy non-stop wine buying. No emails, no reminders. When the wine is gone, it’s gone, and it’s onto the next. You gotta get it in your cart and check out quick lest it disappears right before your eyes. Best of all is the free shipping[2]! My adrenaline is pumping just thinking about it! Last time I walked away with more than a case of intergalactic bottles. I’ve made my way through many of them, and all have been stellar.

By participating in the WineEsquire contest you’ll be entered to win one of the magical wine bottles that I purchase during the marathon madness! To enter all you have to do is sign up for Last Bottle using this link and email me confirmation that you signed up. You’ll get $5.00 toward your first purchase as an added bonus! It wouldn’t be a bad idea sign up for blog updates from Wine Esquire as well! I’ll be Instagraming and Live Tweeting as we go. Tag me throughout and let me know what bottles you snagged. We’re gonna have a lot of fun.

Do you think The Firm will notice if I have my Do Not Disturb button on for the next 24 hours? #multitasking

Contest Breakdown

  1. Sign up for Last Bottle here
  2. Follow Wine Esquire on Twitter and Instagram
  3. Email that you’ve signed up
  4. Partake in the wine buying marathon madness
  5. Drink some Wine

Note: If you’ve already signed up for LastBottle through WineEsquire, you can enter the contest by sharing this blog post on Facebook or Twitter and tagging @WineEsquire. Just send me an email and let me know that’s what you’re doing.

Questions? Comments? Hit me up on the Gmail, I promise I’ll try to respond, although I may be very busy buying wine. #winoproblems

Cheers!Last Bottle

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] Haha. That was so bad it was funny.
[2] As long as you live in the lower 48.

Sign up and Email confirmation must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on December 17, 2015. Once you sign up, you’ll be entered to win one of the bottles I buy today. Contest open to U.S. shipping addresses only, subject to applicable shipping laws #lawyerlife.

Savor Italy in NYC – Ticket Giveaway

Hey Wine Friends

I’m excited to announce another Wine Esquire giveaway! This time it’s two tickets to the Savor Italy Wine and Food Festival in NYC on October 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.! The event will take place on the penthouse floor of a historic Fifth Avenue building boasting gorgeous panoramic Manhattan skyline views. You’ll experience exquisite Italian wines paired with delectable Italian bites from Asellina, Settepanni, Vice Versa, Rossopomodoro, Mozzarella e Vino and Casa Nonna. I’m already salivating with envy and am so mad I can’t attend the event myself[1].

SavorItaly (2)To enter, follow Wine Esquire on Instagram (@WineEsquire), like the giveaway photo on Instagram and tag the friend you’d bring to the event. For extra entries sign up for WineEsquire email updates, follow me on Twitter (@WineEsquire) and Pinterest (@WineEsquire).

Contest ends Friday, October 2, so hurry and get your entries in!

Lawyer Disclaimer
No purchase necessary to win. Giveaway is for two tickets to the event only. Transportation, food and other ancillary costs are the responsibility of winner. Tickets provided by Able Social/ La Nuit En Rosé. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] I’ll be on trial. #lawyerlife. I hate when work gets in the way of fun.