Imagine 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.
Well, 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 to host their third annual blog awards, recognizing wine bloggers from Europe and America.
The 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 classé properties. While there, the winners will be treated to a sampling of each of his estate’s 2015 barrels during en primeur week when the world gets its first taste of the 2015 vintage while still resting in the barrel.
Finalists 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, and I’ll be giving away a bottle to one of my voters! Drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Thanks so much for your support!
 One of wine’s most well-respected and dignified wine magnates in the world. He’s been on my radar for years.
 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.
 “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.
 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…
 Who needs to bring clothes? What I really need is an empty suitcase. Or maybe one of these.
 That means “Thank you and have a good day!”