Christmas Giveaway: Sauska Tokaji

 

Because that’s what you do at Christmas, you give gifts to those you love! And I love all of you! This Christmas I’ve partnered with my friends at Sauska Wines (Sh-au-shka) to bring you an extra special Holiday treat.

Vinum Regum, Rex Vinorum, Wine of Kings, King of Wines

First of all, Hungarian wine is where it’s at. Their unique indigenous grapes make some seriously amazing wine[1]. And their Tokaji Aszú[2] wine specifically is OUT. OF. THIS. WORLD. So that’s why I want you to try some.

Head over to their Instagram account, follow them and you’ll be entered.

Head over to Instagram!

You have until Monday, December 26, 2016 at noon EST. A winner will be picked at random to receive a bottle of their delicious 2003 Tokaji Aszú, 6 puttonyos[3]. This wine is literally pure liquid gold. Notes of thick apricot and honey with a hint of vanilla. The desert wine to top all dessert wines. You may not want to share, although sharing is caring, and ‘tis the season.

Legend has it that Tokaj wine debuted on the world stage when Francis II Rákóczi, prince of Transylvania, gifted King Louis XIV of France with numerous bottles of wine from his Tokaj estate in 1703. When Tokaji wine was served at Versaille for the first time, King Louis XIV declared it “Vinum Regum, Rex Vinorum” or “Wine of Kings, King of Wines”.

Chateau de Versailles – Galerie des Glaces. #LivingRoomGoals

Merry Christmas Eve, Happy Chanukah, and Happy Christmas my friends! May your family be happy, your cookies delicious and your wine glass full!

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OPEN TO US RESIDENTS ONLY.

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] Like Kékfrankos, Furmint and Hárslevelű. More on those later, promise.
[2] Pronounced Toe-kai Ah-zoo. Still figuring this language out myself.
[3] Puttonyos is the unit given to indicate the level of sweetness of Tokaji wine. It was traditionally measured by the number of hods added to a barrel of wine. A hod is an antique grape picking bucket. Puttonyos are now measured in grams of residual sugar.

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 WineEsquire@gmail.com 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.

Friday Night Wine…and Contest Winners

File Aug 28, 9 13 25 PMGuys, I won a contest! I love winning contests! This one was sponsored by Julianna Glass, a specialty crystal retailer featuring beautiful glassware. I entered a few times by tweeting and liking some of their social media posts, then I promptly forgot about it. Imagine my surprise when I got an email telling me that I’d won. A pair of red wine glasses arrived this afternoon, so of course I had to test them out and give them a try.

Not sure if it was the excitement that I’d won something or the fact that it was Friday and my brain was fried, but drinking out of these glasses was a dream! Extremely delicate and dainty, you can tell they are high quality. They’re also beautiful, with elegant swirls running across the glass with a smattering of crystals throughout. A lovely addition to my collection of wine vessels!

Speaking of contests, you may recall that I did my own contest during the wine buying marathon for a free bottle of wine. All you had to do was sign up for Last Bottle, the company running the marathon. If you haven’t signed up yet, you should. The wine deals are amazing. I had quite a few entries[1] and the trusty random number generator spit out the number 14, which was The Bob Barron[2]! Congrats Bob! Last Bottle still hasn’t gotten the wine shipments together, but when they do I’ll be sending over a bottle that I ordered during the marathon. Not sure I remember what I bought because the adrenaline was pumping, the fingers were clicking and the wallet was getting lighter, but I’m pretty sure I got some good stuff! Can’t wait for that box to arrive!

I needed some wine after this crazy marathon week[3] and this bottle didn’t disappoint.
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To:                   Alleged Blog Readers
From:              WineEsquire
Date:               August 28, 2015
Wine:              2011 Bogle Phantom Proprietary Blend
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File Aug 28, 9 16 25 PMThis was one of those wines where I forgot to stop and taste it until after I was done scarfing nibbling my pepperoni pizza[4]. When I stopped to take a sniff, a smile spread across my face. This had a rich, deep scent that transcended into a rich, deep mouthful of spicy, delicious wine. Seriously spicy with notes of leather and a hint of oakiness.  Medium bodied and a touch on the dry side. Paired well with our Friday night feast and was excellent on its own after the pizza disappeared.

A perfect way to start the weekend! Cheers!

Wine Dossier
I found it interesting that the label on the bottle calls this a “proprietary blend” without a listing of the varietals used. The Bogle website, however, tells you the exact breakdown of the blend: 46% Petite Sirah; 40% Zinfandel; 11% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Mourvèdre[5]. I thought there would have been a lot more cab in there, but I can definitely see the Petite Sirah and the Zinfandel.

I totally nailed it in my tasting notes. The official description on the website refer to the wine’s “relentless spice” and tells me that it was “aged for over 24 months in 1 and 2 year old American oak.” #WineEsquireforthewin.

Another wine from Clarksburg, an area I’d not heard about before my last blog post. This confirms that there is some seriously good wine being made there and it is definitely still on my wine bucket list.

This bottle was a gift[6], so I don’t know how much they paid for it. It retails online for between $15 and $22. At this price point, you should get a bottle as a gift and give it to someone you want to impress. Then you should try and drink it with them so you both win.

Cheers!

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] Thanks to all who participated!
[2] He’s one of my wine friends. Check him out on Twitter and Instagram.
[3] Unfortunately there wasn’t another wine buying marathon, just a work marathon. #lawyerlife
[4] I didn’t have pizza this week (though I may have had a bagel or two…), so I’m doing pretty good. #theregoesthatdiet
[5] According to Dr. Vinny, this is pronounced more-VEH-drha. Per Wikipedia it’s a widely grown grape used mostly in blends. It’s also known as Mataró or Monastrell.
[6] At least I think it was a gift since I don’t remember buying it.

WineEsquire Instagram Contest

In honor of Law Day 2015[1],Wine Esquire has partnered with Approach The Bench to give away two legal wine stoppers, the Judge of Reason and Blind Justice[2]. With law school graduations around the corner, and news of bar exam results spreading across the country, this is the perfect gift for your favorite soon to be legal advocate. Or give it to your over-worked hard-working lawyer as a thank you for being so dedicated to you and your legal needs.

There are three ways to enter:

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1. Comment on this wine stopper photo on Instagram

2. Sign up for email updates from Wine Esquire

3. Use the hashtag #WineEsquire in your next wine photo on Instagram.

Two winners will be chosen at random and announced Monday! Happy Law Day!

This Contest is not sponsored or endorsed by Instagram.

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] I didn’t know this was a thing either, but what a great holiday!
[2] I made these names up myself.