Friday, March 12, 2010

Free wine tasting tickets for haiku

UPDATED: Contest winner announced below

I've got another giveaway contest here, so sharpen your pencils, haiku fans.

The tickets are for the Donkey & Goat Winery Open House in Berkeley. I really like the Donkey & Goat wines. They're very European-style, never overripe, fermented with wild yeasts. The Chardonnay is one of the most Chablis-like you'll find in California, and the Syrah is an earthy wine with real character. And owners Tracey & Jared Brandt are fun people, so I'm sure this will be a blast.

I'd go myself, but I'll be in Burgundy (it's a tough job but somebody has to do it). So I'm giving my tickets away to whoever writes the best haiku that includes either "donkey" or "goat." This should be more of a challenge than it seems, as most urban folks who are close enough to attend the tasting aren't around a lot of donkeys and see goats only on menus.

The details:

Donkey & Goat Winery Open House
Saturday, March 20 1 p.m. -- 5 p.m.
2323 B 4th St., Berkeley

Taste 7 new wine releases, eat goodies from new Berkeley restaurant Locanda da Eva, and enjoy jazz played by the Michael LaMacchia Trio.
(If you don't trust your haiku skills, click here to buy a $20 ticket)

Contest details:

Write the best haiku that includes either the word "donkey" or "goat." Put it in the comments below.

The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Berkeley time on Wednesday, March 17.

I will announce the winner promptly afterward. It is YOUR responsibility for making sure I know who you are so I can get your name to Tracey and Jared. You might want to leave your Google profile open so I can check it. On my last contest I had to award the tickets to a runner-up because I couldn't contact the winner, so do keep that in mind.

I'm declaring the Mourvedre lover the winner. I like the subtlety of the donkey reference; that's in keeping with the Japanese aesthetic. Congratulations and enjoy the tasting.


xuanthu pham said...

Why devour your beloved today
When you can feast on my gaze?
A goat's adoration never disappoints

-- [Twitter: @xuanthu]

A Few Reservations said...

A donkey and goat!
Who knew hoofed animals could
bottle heaven's sauce?

Anonymous said...

Don Quijote, go
Tell Sancho Panza that I
Enjoy Mourvèdre

mwangbickler said...
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mwangbickler said...

A goat greets an ass
They sit together to dine
And ask "bring more wine"

I don't really want the tickets. Just wanted to write a haiku. :)

Anonymous said...

When donkey meets goat,
They are totally surprised,
When tales are compared.

Anonymous said...

I missed the boat,
too late to drink at the goat.
heart breaks as buds bloom.

- east bay