Wine Rack GIVEAWAY + a book to help you stock it!

Sadly the close to our blogaversary month is coming to and end…*sigh*You knew it would happen. But not before one last GIVEAWAY! Yes, I hope you’ve been enjoying this (because I can’t keep it up forever tee hee) So to end the month on a high note, I thought you might like this…


So what goes perfectly with pasta you ask? VINO! Yes, wine! & that’s what this giveaway is all about.

I received a complimentary copy of the book ”Wine Secrets – Advice from Winemakers, Sommeliers, and Connoisseurs” by Marnie Old recently to review. I was intrigued. I am a wine drinker but I must admit I don’t know much about wines. I do know what I like, preferably white & not too sweet not too dry! I will drink Reds on occasion & preferably in Italy LOL But then again I drink fizzy water there too (something about when in Rome ; ) My favorite wine is a Tocai Friulano by Borgo San Daniele (yes it’s Italian, I know you’re not surprised) or Prosecco (preferably pink) but when it comes to pairings or picking out bottles in a store I am at a loss…

Now I don’t have to be thanks to the help of this book. Marnie calls on forty of the world’s most renowned wine experts to share their inside tips, techniques, and wisdom from their years of experience. The book covers such topics as:

  • White vs. Red: Differences run more than skin deep
  • How to taste wines like a pro
  • How to guesstimate wine style from packaging clues
  • How, when, & why to send back a bottle of wine
  • How to preserve open wine (Yes, you can freeze it) **worth the admission price alone ; ) **
  • How to use leftover wine in the kitchen **my kinda post**
  • and oh so much more…

You know you want a copy of this book & guess what? We’re GIVING ONE copy away! & well because we love you so much, *crowd gasps* we’re ALSO throwing in an oh so snappy Le Rustiq 6 Bottle WINE RACK compliments of the lovely and talented Barbara from Vino Luci! *crowd roars* (note: wine is NOT included ; ) good try though!) so you can use the book to stock your rack *wink wink*


How gaw-geous is that? Come on, it’s pretty fab! In my best announcer voice & hands pointing to item, *ehem* Vintage View has designed this rack while keeping elegant design in mind. This rustic black Vintage View 6 bottle wine rack features scroll work on the top to finish off their most popular size with a touch of grace. This innovative racking system stores bottles with the labels facing out for a dynamic presentation and easy accessibility to the wine you want. Exceptionally flexible, easy to install and surprisingly affordable, stores from as few as 6 bottles to many thousands when used as a system. It also provides the perfect airflow between bottles. Size: 27″H x 8-1/2″W Bottle capacities are maximums when storing standard Bordeaux 750mL bottles. This wine rack is a small unit version of the systems used by Whole Foods for their wine store racking systems. is a fantastic site for all things VINO! They have beautiful wine accessories (I am in LURVE with the knobstoppers, & the Theirs wine bottle opener among MANY other items) & that’s not all folks, they have food and entertaining items as well! Don’t take my word for it, go ahead & click on over ; ) You’ll be happy you did!

Oh yeah, So I bet you want to know how to enter..Just leave a comment as to what your favorite wine is. Only one comment allowed per person (duplicates will be flogged, okay I meant disqualified) & is limited to US ADDRESSES only! Giveaway is open until 12pm MONDAY FEBRUARY 1st! Winner will be drawn by a random number generator!

Good Luck!



  1. 51
    Margie /

    Love that rack, I like Zinfadel.

  2. 52

    Jacobs Creek Cabernet Sauvignon is one of my favs. I prefer reds but there are a few whites that I will drink.

  3. 53
    Melissa Staie /

    While I will drink almost ANY wine, I love White Merlot !! Any bottle of wine shared with loved ones and friends is awesome !!

  4. 54
    anastacia leigh /

    Wow this would rock my world to win both these sweet gifts….so a wine a wine I like there are a few that rate highly on my list….Aquila Sean Thackery 2003…local guy from Bolinas,California renaissance wine maker for sure.

  5. 55
    Anthony /

    I love all wine but Ill go with Charles Smith Boom Boom Syrah. Almost as good as his $100 Royal City Syrah but for only $15!

  6. 56
    Lisa /

    Navarro Pinor Noir

  7. 57
    Shauna /

    I’m a beginner wine snob… I like sweeter white wines, like Rieslings and Pinot Grigio. The wine rack would look STELLAH in my kitchen so the beautiful wine bottles will be on display, instead of hiding in the dungeon… er, pantry! Please pick me, Paula! :)

  8. 58

    A couple of year ago I was trying terrible hard to get into wines. I mean everyone drinks them! Why couldn’t I find one that made go crazy in anticipation? Then a good friend bought me the beginning of my love affair with wine; a bottle of Rancho Sisquoc Riesling. It was sweet but not too sweet that I needed a straw. After that I slowly made my way to the reds and now I love it all. But that first wine, will always hold a special place in my heart.

  9. 59
    Sara /

    Oh so many to choose from. And so many I like. I am generally very happy with a lovely glass of pinot noir. Ahh.

    What a fun giveaway. Thanks!

  10. 60
    ann /

    really enjoy whites, however LayerCake Primitivo (zin) is a current fave. Love the wine rack!

  11. 61
    Caity /

    For red wines I love zins from Sonoma County, and for whites I like oakey chardonnays.

  12. 62

    Although I am currently drinking a lot of red with the wintry weather outside, I have to say my absolute favorite kind of wine is probably a sav blanc from the Loire valley- Sancerre, perhaps?

  13. 63
    Heather S /

    My favorite is Ravenswoods!

  14. 64

    My favorite alternates between a Prosecco and a Lambrusca – guess maybe I enjoy the fizziness because I also love mineral water that way too?!!

  15. 65
  16. 66

    I used to love pinot noir, but these days the bigger and bolder the better!

  17. 67
    Amy B.- Portland, OR /

    Bishop Creek’s Pinot Gris for a hot summer afternoon, most Nebbiolos for a wintery dinner. Mille grazie Paula!

  18. 68
    Justin V. /

    My new favorite red is the Santa Rita Medalla Real Single Estate Carmenere. It’s a grape mainly found in Chile that looks, grows, ripens, even tastes like a Merlot, but it has subtle differences. It’s smoother & has hints of dark chocolate on the finish! Guarantee you will love it if you like red wine!

  19. 69
    Nancy N /

    Sterling Merlot for red, Vouvray for white. Mmmm hmmm.

  20. 70
    Sandy /

    Opolo’s Rhapsody for red or just about any of their other reds, tempranillos, Mountain Zin, etc.

  21. 71

    For reds, its pretty hard for me to narrow it down to a specific label, but I love full bodied reds – especially Zinfandels & Petit Syrahs. As for white, I’m partial to Chardonnay (love Cakebread) and Sauvignon Blanc in the summer.

  22. 72
    Sarah /

    Revealing my completely plebian tastes, my favorite wine is the Petit Sirah from Crane Lake that I can get for $3 a bottle at the local Italian food store.

    Well, that and the red wine we drank in the courtyard of the winery in Montepulciano 20 years ago. Sigh.

  23. 73
    Patricia /

    We have a local winery (Pheasant Hollow Winery) here in southern Illinois that has a wine I really like, (And, it’s award winning!) It’s called Black and Blue, and is made with blackberries and blueberries.
    Would love to win the book and wine rack

  24. 74
    Whitney S /

    There is a great winery near my home that has a wonderful malbec. My favorite store-bought wine is a red named Prodigal Sun. I picked it out because I liked the name/label and ended up loving it!

  25. 75
    Jenn /

    I have yet to narrow down a specific favorite, but I do like chardonnays.

  26. 76

    book and wine rack look great! Although I love love love me some Italian house wines, I’ve recently been drinkin Malbec. yum!

  27. 77

    I can’t resist a good German Riesling (or any slightly-sweet white)

  28. 78

    I love Reislings!

    And I’ve been wanting to learn more about wine…this book/rack would be perfect!

  29. 79
    Laura G /

    Cabernet Sauvignon- rich, deep and perfect for cold nights…

  30. 80
    Shelli B /

    V. Sattui, Gammay Rouge is Great!! You cant buy it in stores I have to order it by the case, therefore I need a wine rack to display it!! Great Site, love your recipes!!!

  31. 81
    Jenn /

    I generally love all reds- Shiraz is a favorite!

  32. 82
    Julie Feld /

    LOVE Reislings! Also, this wine rack is cute!

  33. 83
    Shelbel /

    My new fav is Summerland’s Odyssey Pinot Noir. It’s a must try! We bought 3 cases of it when we were last in Santa Barbara! :)

  34. 84
    Roni Dudley /

    My favorite wine is Santa Margarita Pino Grigio, crisp and fruity and just right with my spicy dishes. I also love Pinot Noir and almost any other great tasting wines from South Africa and Chille. (I think I just love wine). The wine rack is adorable!

  35. 85
    Penny /

    David Bruce, Petite Syrah

  36. 86
    Perry Rankin /

    My favorite wine for this time of year(winter) is the Stags Leap “Ne Cede Malis” Napa Valley Proprietary Red Wine. It’s made from the oldest block of Petite Sirah planted on the Stags Leap property. There are also a few other varieties (mixed blacks) that are inter planted in this vineyard that was planted before prohibition. Imagine you are picking and eating blackberries on a warm summers day right from a thicket somewhere in the middle of a field. Those warm blackberries with touches of brown sugar and smoky vanilla are what you will taste in this wine. PS: Ne Cede Malis means don’t give in to misfortune.

  37. 87

    It’s so hard for me to choose a favorite wine because I have come across so many I love. I tend to lean towards sweet wines, and I would say that Dolce Rosso is my current favorite (although that could change next week, lol).

  38. 88

    I love prosecco! I don’t have too much experience with wine, but I do know I prefer red wine over white wine :)

  39. 89
    Michelle AP /

    Pinot Grigio is my fave all around go to wine. Riesling would be a fave sweet wine. For very special occasions I choose Ice Wine…so far my fave is made in Canada at Inniskillin Winery – super sweet and a very cool process to make it. Wine rack is great. Thanks for the givaway!! And congrats again on your blogaversary.

  40. 90

    What a fab giveaway, especially when it involves wine accessories! My fav is Red Diamond Merlot, at the moment 😉 Congrats on the blogiversary!

  41. 91
    Tracy /

    California pinot noirs – one of my favorites is by Ceja Winery in Napa.

  42. 92
    Annie Ritter /

    My husband and I are making an effort to visit as many of the wineries here in Michigan as possible so we can learn more about wine. And, drink free wine…. My favorite at the moment is the Shady Lane Cellars dry Reisling.

  43. 93
    Amber C /

    i do not know the names but i like either red or white, not too dry. i prefer something more sweet, a resling? i do however, absolutely love sparkling wine/champange

  44. 94
    Christina /

    My favorite wine has to be the cab that my friend and her husband make in Mendocino County. Oster.

  45. 95
    Sharon H. /

    I love all different kinds, but Chianti is my absolute favorite.

  46. 96
    Sue A. /

    I do love a good Riesling. The wine rack it sweet!! Thanks.

  47. 97
    TallieAnn /

    Zinfandel is my favorite type of wine. The red stuff in a bottle not the pink stuff in a box!

  48. 98

    My favorite wine right now is a tempranillo/syrah blend called Care…but I LOVE New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs!!

  49. 99

    I am not a wine drinker, but I have to say that this is SUCH a cool giveaway!


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