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Tuesday birthday week giveaway: wine accessories gift pack

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wine accessoriesrandomtuesdayAnd the winner is: Todd, who selected 717; the winning number was 729 (screen shot to the right). Thanks to everyone who participated. Tomorrow’s giveaway is the $50 Wine.com gift card, always one of the most popular prizes, and thanks to Wine.com, a long-time supporter of the cause.


Today, to celebrate the blog’s eighth anniversary, we’re giving away a wine gift accessories pack, courtesy of Wines of Rioja, and which includes the book, “Rioja,” by Ana Fabiano.. This is the second of five daily giveaways; check out this post to see the prizes for the rest of the week.

Complete contest rules are here. Pick a number between 1 and 1,000 and leave it in the comment section of this post. You can’t pick a number someone else has picked, and you need to leave your guess in the comments section of this post — no email entries or entries on other posts. Unless the number is in the comments section of this post, the entry won’t count.

If you get the blog via email or RSS, you need to go to this exact post on the website to enter (click the link to get there). At about 5 p.m. central today, I’ll go to random.org and generate the winning number. The person whose entry is closest to that number gets the gift pack.

Winebits 412: Birthday week odds and ends

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Birthday week Approaching 2,500 posts: Or, 2,423, counting this one. A little less than one-third of those have been wine reviews in eight years, which probably isn’t enough to make Google happy. On the other hand, only two percent have been wine rants, which makes me wonder why I haven’t written more. It’s not like there isn’t enough to rant about, and I probably could have written two percent of the blog with just rants just about the three-tier system.

Where wine rarely goes: The geographic breadth of blog users never fails to amaze me — 173 countries this year, including four from Nepal. The Nepalese, given that none of the wine I write about can possibly be available there, deserve some sort of prize. Or maybe they appreciate great wine writing? The U.S. is the top country, not surprisingly, but with only 87.3 percent, which means that more than 1 out of every 10 visitors comes from outside the country.  And though California is the top state, more than 83 percent of visitors come from the rest of the U.S. That does make me think I’m doing some good, despite any gloom to the contrary over the past year.

My poor beloved Linux: Perhaps someone with more tech chops can explain why the various metrics track visitors by operating system, which I appreciate but don’t understand. Having said that, just one percent of the visitors came to the blog via Linux, and that’s probably me. Still, that’s three times as many as Windows Phone, which says more than any rant about Microsoft. The top operating system was Windows at 35 percent, but that’s just a couple of points better than the Apple phone. Maybe there’s something to this mobile thing?

Monday birthday week giveaway: Unbreakable wine glasses

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wine glassesrandommondayAnd the winner is: FiddleAround, who selected 142; the winning number was 138 (screen shot to the right). Thanks to everyone who participated, and we had close to a record number of entries. Tomorrow’s giveaway is a wine accessories gift pack, courtesy of Wines of Rioja, including the book, “Rioja,” by Ana Fabiano.


Today, to celebrate the blog’s eighth anniversary, we’re giving away six Schott Zwiesel Tritan wine glasses, the blog’s unofficial wine glass, and which — if not unbreakable — are as sturdy as advertised. This is the first of five daily giveaways; check out this post to see the prizes for the rest of the week.

Complete contest rules are here. Pick a number between 1 and 1,000 and leave it in the comment section of this post. You can’t pick a number someone else has picked, and you need to leave your guess in the comments section of this post — no email entries or entries on other posts. Unless the number is in the comments section of this post, the entry won’t count.

If you get the blog via email or RSS, you need to go to this exact post on the website to enter (click the link to get there). At about 5 p.m. central today, I’ll go to random.org and generate the winning number. The person whose entry is closest to that number gets the gift pack.

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