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Feb 23, 2012

Virginia Wine Expo this Weekend!

I love me some wine. I love drinking samples of wine. I love drinking an unlimited amount of samples of wine. The one place to do that is the Virginia Wine Expo this weekend at the Convocation Center in Richmond from February 24-26. Get ready! Now, in its fifth year, the Virginia Wine Expo features exclusively Virginia wines with over 400 bottles to taste and sample. I’m not even sure if it’s humanly possible to sample everything without falling flat on your face at the end. So pace yourself, you got all day and even all weekend to sample. So, go to virginiawineexpo.com to purchase tickets. I already got mine for Friday evening! Can’t wait!!

After sampling so many wines, you’ll get the munchies. Believe me. Luckily for you and me, there are some gourmet food vendors giving samples of their food. You might go back for seconds or fifths, but hey, it’s there for you to sample :) I love the food, but I think the greatest thing about this event is the celebration of Virginia wine. There are a buttload of wineries popping up everywhere in the state of Virginia, it’s just freaking amazing to get them all under one roof to sample. It’s a good thing.

Here’s the itinerary for the weekend! Go get a ticket and I hope to see you there!

Friday, Feb. 24
Noon – 2 p.m. – Virginia Wine Lovers’ Luncheon @ Acacia Mid-Town presented by Richmond magazine
4 – 6:30 p.m. – Prelude to the Expo Soiree @ Bistro 27 presented by Richmond magazine
5:30 – 10 p.m. – Walk-Around Grand Tasting presented by Mercedes-Benz
9 – 1 a.m. – After Hours @ T. Miller’s

Saturday, Feb. 25
Noon – 2 p.m. – Late Winter Harvest Luncheon @ Lemaire presented by Richmond magazine
Noon – 8 p.m. – Walk-Around Grand Tasting presented by Mercedes-Benz
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. – VA Wine & Hors d’ oeuvres Reception @ The Tobacco Company Restaurant
1 – 2:00 p.m. – SEMINAR: Fresh Southern Favorites & Virginia Wine
2 – 3:30 p.m. – SEMINAR: Your ‘Pleasure’ Senses and Professional Wine Tasting Techniques
3 – 4:00 p.m. – SEMINAR: Why Virginia? The State of Virginia Wine
4 – 5:00 a.m. – SEMINAR: Modern Charcuterie & Virginia Wines
8 – 1:00 a.m. – After Hours @ T. Miller’s

Sunday, Feb. 26
11:30 – 2 p.m. – Virginia Wine + Brunch @ Selba presented by Richmond magazine
Noon – 5 p.m. – Walk-Around Grand Tasting presented by Mercedes-Benz

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Jan 30, 2012

Winner of the Sucre & Spice Wooden Utensils is…

Sara H! Lucky number 1 is the winner of the customized wooden utensils provided by Sucre & Spice. Congratulations, Sara! Thank you so much for entering this giveaway. Sara wrote: “I’d love a set of the chevron stripes! How sweet! I could use them at my wedding reception :)” I’ll be sending you an email later today. These utensils would be perfect for your wedding reception. Thanks for being a Pretty Tasty Things reader!

I’d also like to thank all the other contestants for following Pretty Tasty Things and entering our giveaway. Please continue to read Pretty Tasty Things because they’ll be more tasty giveaways in the near future. If you didn’t win, you should still check out Sucre & Spice because their customized wooden utensils are very affordable and awesome. Special thanks to Brooke!

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Jan 23, 2012

Customized Wooden Utensils Giveaway!

Do you see those wooden spoons in the ice cream bowls? Well, you have an opportunity to win these awesome customized wooden utensils designed by Brooke Pratt of Sucre & Spice for your next event!

These wooden utensils are an eco-friendly alternative to plastic, and they have so much more character! They’re available in a wide selection of colors and designs, and they’re completely customizable. Wooden party utensils by Sucre & Spice have been blogged and featured by Foodista, The Cupcake Project, A Subtle Revelry and Sweet Paul Magazine. Rumor has it, her utensils might also appear in Martha Stewart Magazine in May!

Brooke is giving away a lucky Pretty Tasty Things reader 2 packages of 20 utensils, 40 total! You even get to choose the design from the five available selections and pick the the type of utensils you would want—ice cream spoon, full size fork or full size spoon.

To be eligible to win 2 packages of 20 utensils (40 total), all you have to do is:

LEAVE A COMMENT on this post indicating what design is your favorite and
tell us what you would use these utensils for!
The five available designs are: stripes, chevron, ombre, confetti and happy birthday

Also, don’t forget to like my Facebook page, as well as, checking out Sucre & Spice’s Etsy shop!

You must leave a comment in order to be eligible to win the customized wooden utensils! Deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, January 27. Please one entry per person. A random winner will be chosen and announced on Monday, January 30. Good luck! Please make sure you leave your correct email address in the email field so we can contact you if you won.


How amazing is this giveaway?! These utensils can certainly be used for crafty food gifts, intimate dinner parties, small wedding favors, holder for appetizers, practically anything. Please share this giveaway with your friends and family. Spread the word! A special, special thanks to Brooke from Sucre & Spice for helping me coordinate this giveaway. Thank you so much, Brooke! So readers, don’t forget to leave a comment!!

In case you don’t win, don’t forget to check out Brooke’s Etsy shop and blog and purchase some wooden utensils of your very own.

*Giveaway is closed. No longer accepting entries. Thanks all!*

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Oct 12, 2011

Wine Excursion giveaway winner is…

CHRISTA SPENCER! Lucky number 23 is the winner of the 2 tickets to the Richmond International Wine Excursion for the afternoon tasting on Saturday, October 29. Congratulations, Christa! Thank you so much for entering this giveaway! Christa wrote: “Hi Isa!! I have been subscribing to your blog through Facebook for awhile & love it! I agree with several of these posts, love Moscato (so happy Trader Joe’s sells it now!) and love VA wines; Sunset Medley (a strawberry wine) by Oakcrest, pretty much anything from Peaks of Otter, but definitely SweetHeart, fruit wines from Horton, but the Niagara is also delicious… We are so blessed to have a Trader Joe’s and to be so close to these yummy VA wineries!! ;)” Christa, I’ll be sending you an email later today. Thank you so much for being a Pretty Tasty Things reader!

I’d also like to thank all the other contestants for following Pretty Tasty Things and entering our giveaway. Please continue to read Pretty Tasty Things because they’ll be more tasty giveways in the near future. If you didn’t win, you should still check out Richmond International Wine Excursion because this is one Wine event you’ll not want to miss.

Even though you’re not the winner, check out wineexcursion.com to purchase your own tickets. Like I mentioned before, it’s a two-day event taking place on October 28 and October 29, and you can pick and choose certain the events you want to attend. The Richmond International Wine Excursion will be held at the beautiful, historic Tredegar in which they’ll have temperature-controlled tents. You can mingle with winemakers and wine representatives pouring wine from over a dozen countries and sample globally inspired food that will complete your culinary excursion!

Thank you again to Tracey and Alex from Variant Events for setting this up! Thank you guys so much!

 

Oct 5, 2011

Richmond Wine Excursion Giveaway!

If you’re a big fan of wine like I am, than you’ll want to enter this crazy-awesome giveaway. Pretty Tasty Things and Richmond International Wine Excursion have teamed up and are giving away to 2 tickets to the Richmond International Wine Excursion in Historic Tredegar right here in Richmond! One lucky Pretty Tasty Things reader specifically wins 2 tickets to the First Class Lexus of Richmond Walk-Around Grand Tasting for the Saturday afternoon tasting on October 29. A total value of $130!!

So, lets recap. From 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, you and a friend will get to taste 250+ wines, 100+ wineries and 12+ countries. This is a killer giveaway if you love sippin’ on pretty amazing wines. You’ll be enjoying a wine excursion around the world as you taste wines with your commemorative Riedel crystal wine glass. Hundreds of wines will be served from the New and Old World, including, but not limited to, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, South Africa, Greece, New Zealand, Germany, California, Chile, and more. In most cases, wines will be poured by representatives of the wineries, who are in the best position to enlighten you about their unique characteristics.

This is a giveaway you’ll not want to miss.

It’s easy to be eligible to win. All you have to do is:

FOLLOW Pretty Tasty Things’  by Facebook, Twitter or RSS
And

LEAVE A COMMENT on this post indicating what your favorite wine is!

You must leave a comment in order to be eligible to win the 2 tickets to the afternoon tasting
on Saturday, October 29 from 1 to 5 p.m! Deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, October 9.
Please one entry per person. A random winner will be chosen and announced the following week.
Good luck! Please make sure you leave your correct email address in the email field
so I can contact you if you are the lucky winner.

Now a little more about The Richmond International Wine Excursion: If you don’t win this awesome giveaway, don’t fret. Check out wineexcursion.com to purchase tickets of your very own. It’s a two-day event, October 28 and October 29, and you can pick and choose certain events you want to attend. The great thing about this Wine Excursion is the location! They’ll have a temperature-controlled tents at beautiful, historic Tredegar. You can mingle with winemakers and wine representatives pouring wine from over a dozen countries and sample globally inspired food that will complete your culinary excursion!

Here’s the schedule for Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29:

Friday, October 28, 2011
Discovering Portugal with Bartholomew Broadbent: 6pm – 7pm
Lexus of Richmond Walk-Around Grand Tasting: 6pm – 10pm
First-Class Admission to Lexus of Richmond Walk-Around Grand Tasting: 6pm
General Admission to Lexus of Richmond Walk-Around Grand Tasting: 7pm

Saturday, October 29, 2011
Farm-to-Table Locavore Luncheon: Noon – 2pm
Lexus of Richmond Walk-Around Grand Tasting: 1pm – 5pm
First-Class Admission to Lexus of Richmond Walk-Around Grand Tasting: 1pm
General Admission to Lexus of Richmond Walk-Around Grand Tasting: 2pm
Wine and Cheese Together: From Pratfalls to Pleasure: 3pm – 4pm
Discover Eight Classic Grape Varietals from St. Michelle Wine Estates: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Spain: the Excitement, the Glamour, the Allure: 6pm – 7pm
Lexus of Richmond Walk-Around Grand Tasting: 6pm – 10pm
First-Class Admission to Lexus of Richmond Walk-Around Grand Tasting: 6pm
General Admission to Lexus of Richmond Walk-Around Grand Tasting: 7pm

Go to wineexcursion.com to find descriptions of each event.

Make this a great date night or go with your bestie! If you don’t live in Richmond, it would be a great time to visit Richmond and experience their love for wine and history. Special thanks to Tracey and Alex from Variant Events for setting this up! Thank you guys so much! OK, Pretty Tasty Things readers. GO ENTER NOW!

*Giveaway is closed. No longer accepting entries. Thanks all! Stay tuned for the lucky winner…*

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