Win Tickets: 2011 Whiskies of the World Expo & Artisanal Spirits Fest San Francisco (March 26, 2011)

The pipes, the pipes are calling, and that can only mean that Whiskies of the World is nigh.

This years WoW in San Francisco returns to the San Francisco Belle, an old timey yacht anchored at the docks of the Bay.

In the Expo’s own words:

The Whiskies of the World Expo gathers the world’s most fascinating distilled spirits along with their makers and ambassadors to give its guests an opportunity to sample, learn and experience a night of delicious spirited fun. By popular demand, the 12th Expo will be back to San Francisco Belle Yacht (docked) with its three ballroom-size tasting decks, and an open roof Whisky & Cigar Pairing deck. Come on March 26th to enjoy a full buffet dinner; meeting and learning from the world’s spirits producers; creators and experts; a live Pipe and Drum Concert; mixology demonstrations, Celtic craft  and whisky gear booths, artisanal food pairings with exclusive whiskies;  live music and more. Learn, celebrate, experience! Details: WhiskiesOfTheWorld.com

Did we mention we have two pairs of tickets (4 tickets total) to give away? (Retail value: $220 per pair.) All you have to do to win them is tell us that you want to go! Drop a line to contest@drinkhacker.com and provide the following information: Your name, complete mailing address, and email contact information. You must be a U.S. resident and 21 years old to win.

We’ll pick two winners at random (two tickets per winner) on March 10, 2010. Winners will be notified by email, and tickets will be mailed to you shortly thereafter. Please don’t enter if you aren’t certain you can be in San Francisco on March 26th. Travel and lodging are not included in the giveaway!

Good luck, and I hope to see you there!

The fine print: Contests and giveaways are open only to readers age 21 and up with a U.S. mailing address. One prize per person per giveaway. We reserve the right to cancel any giveaway at our sole discretion. We are not responsible for lost, misdirected, or late entries. Not open to employees/contributors or immediate family members of Drinkhacker employees/contributors, its affiliates, or advertising/promotion agencies and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agents. This offer is void wherever prohibited or restricted by national, state, or any governmental laws. We are not responsible for late, lost, or damaged prize packages. We do not use your mailing address for any other purpose than sending prizes; addresses are not kept on file. One entry per contestant — your entry is good for the length of each giveaway. Duplicate entries will disqualify the entrant.

Coming in March 2011: The Universal Whisky Show Las Vegas

As luxury events go, it doesn’t get much ritzier than the Universal Whisky Show, from the sound of it. To be held March 18th and 19th at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas, this event looks to make affairs like WhiskyFest and Whiskies of the World — both upscale happenings by any common measure — look positively mundane.

A ticket gets you all of this:

* Sampling of premium whiskies from all exhibitors.

* One Super pour sample from a range of rare and fine whiskies valued at $300 and above per pour retail. (These currently include Highland Park 40 Year, Dalmore Astrum 40 Year, and Glenfarclas 1966 — a tough choice, indeed!)

* Free cigar samples.

* Entry to all special events during the show.

* Butler passed pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres in show area.

* Gourmet dinner reception.

* Glencairn cut crystal tasting glass.

All for the low low price of $525 — or $375 if you buy in advance.

Visit this page to find out more about the show and about companion tickets (discounted entrance for the non-whisky-drinkers out there), and more information. I don’t know if I’ll be there — though it sounds like an exceptional time!

Upcoming: Organic Beer and Wine Tasting – San Francisco

Organics are on the rise in the wine and beer business, and now there are enough of them to merit their own event. California Certified Organic Farmers have gathered 26 wine- and beermakers together to taste their wares to the public. The event benefits the nonprofit trade group, and $30 gets you all the beer and wine you’d care to drink.

Check it out on October 29 in San Francisco’s Ferry Building, from 4 to 8 pm.

More info from the trade group…

CCOF’s 5th Annual Organic Beer and Wine Tasting

Friday, October 29, 2010
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
San Francisco, CA

Join CCOF for the 5th Annual Organic Beer and Wine Tasting at the Ferry Building in San Francisco to sample a wide variety of fine beverages – all by producers certified organic by CCOF – and talk directly to the vintners, and brewers. The event begins at 4:00 p.m. and runs until 8:00 p.m.

Every year more organic winemakers and brewers are winning praise and awards for the beverages they produce and CCOF, one of the nation’s largest and oldest organic certifying agencies, is pleased to certify some of the best. Since 2006, the Organic Beer & Wine Tasting at the Ferry Building has gathered these celebrated wines and brews from across the state.

In addition to the wide selection of beverages to sample, attendees will have the chance to bid in a Silent Auction on items donated by the vendors. Last year’s auction items included bottles of the vintners’ best wines, gift boxes of beer, and brewery and winery tours.

20% Off San Francisco Bay Rum Festival Tickets

Hey rum fans, want to check out rum old and new, rum cocktails, and rum-food pairings ’til you scream for your galleon?

Check out next month’s San Francisco Ministry of Rum Festival, held at Miss Pearl’s in Oakland on August 8, from 2 to 5pm.

All you need to get in cheap is register for the forums at the Ministry of Rum website, then you’ll get 20% off the $50 admission fee. Just create and log in to your account, and you’ll see the discount automatically when you purchase your tickets.

Hope to see you at the event!

15% off Pinot Days San Francisco Tickets

The world’s most noteworthy celebration of California Pinot Noir, Pinot Days, gets going on June 27th, and if you’re a Pinot fan it’s a place you need to be.

And Drinkhacker wants to ease the financial burden of your attendance. When you purchase tickets, use the coupon code DRNKHKRSF10 and you’ll save 15% off the $60 purchase price.

The event is on from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday June 27th. Be there!

Upcoming: Toast of the Town San Francisco – April 22, 2010

Food and wine go together like Brad and Angelina — but few wine-focused events do the combination well.

Wine Enthusiast‘s Toast of the Town event is the exception, combining exceptional and eclectic wine choices with a selection of outstanding restaurants in just the right proportions. Last year’s TotT stands as one of the top wine events I attended in 2009.

Toast of the Town 2010 is coming back to San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House on April 22, and my mouth is already watering. Top wineries pouring include Archery Summit, Antinori, Beaulieu, Pine Ridge, Graham’s Port, and Dow’s Port. Restaurants serving small dishes include Farallon, The Girl and the Fig, Cliff House, Rose Pistola, and the inimitable House of Chicken and Waffles.

Event runs from 5pm (VIP tickets, $169) or 7pm (standard tickets, $89) to 10pm on April 22, 2010. Early bird discounts are available on both tickets if you purchase before April 1. Space is limited. The event benefits the San Francisco Food Bank.

Get tickets here, and say hi if you see me on the floor!

The Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza Rolls Across the Country

Hey folks — turns out there’s a third whisky show in town in addition to WhiskyFest and Whiskies of the World. The Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza actually hits 13 cities this year, beginning with Atlanta in March and winding its way to San Francisco in November. The itinerary is a familiar one… in the words of the event planners:

Ladies and Gentlemen are cordially invited to enjoy a connoisseur’s evening featuring over 100 rare & exceptional single malt and Scotch whiskies. The evening includes a delicious dinner buffet as well as a selection of premium imported cigars for our guests’ later enjoyment. The Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza brings the discerning enthusiast the opportunity to sample the participating whiskies in a sophisticated and elegant environment with genuine camaraderie and knowledgeable representatives from each participating distillery.

A full schedule can be found here.

Want to attend? Drinkhacker readers can get a break on the price of a ticket — your first two can be had at the “member price,” which is $15 off the cost for non-members. Just visit this page to purchase tix and use promotional code TDH2010. Remember you only get two at the discounted price, so get your thirsty friends to buy their own.

Hope to see you at the SF event!

Win Tickets to San Francisco ZAP Zinfandel Grand Tasting

Not into whiskey? How about Zin? San Francisco’s monumental ZAP Zinfandel Tasting is a mere few weeks away, and we’ve got four tickets (two pairs of two tickets) to give to you, dear reader. A total value of $236!

This year the event will be held on January 30, 2010 at the usual Fort Mason location, where hundreds of wineries will be pouring literally thousands of wines. And we want you to join us!

We’ve got 2 pairs of tickets (retail value: $118 per pair) to give away to our loyal readers. All you have to do to win them is tell us that you want to go! Drop a line to [CONTEST COMPLETED] and provide the following information: Your name, complete mailing address, and email contact information. You must be a U.S. resident and 21 years old to win.

We’ll pick two winners at random (two tickets per winner) on January 22, 2010. Winners will be notified by email, and tickets will be held at will call at the entrance to the event. Please don’t enter if you aren’t certain you can be in San Francisco on January 30th. Travel and lodging are not included in the giveaway!

Good luck, and I hope to see you there!

The fine print: Contests and giveaways are open only to readers 21 years old and up, with a U.S. mailing address. One prize per person per giveaway. We reserve the right to cancel any giveaway at our sole discretion. We are not responsible for lost, misdirected, or late entries. Not open to employees/contributors or immediate family members of Drinkhacker employees/contributors, its affiliates, or advertising/promotion agencies and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agents. This offer is void wherever prohibited or restricted by national, state, or any governmental laws. We are not responsible for late, lost, or damaged prize packages. We do not use your mailing address for any other purpose than sending prizes; addresses are not kept on file. One entry per contestant — your entry is good for the length of each giveaway. Duplicate entries will disqualify the entrant.

UPDATE: Congrats to Hector Maldonado and Gary McDonald, chosen randomly as winners for the contest!

Win Tickets to Whiskies of the World Expo San Francisco

If you like whiskey, Whiskies of the World Expo, an annual tasting event in San Francisco, is an essential night you’d be insane to miss out on. Hundreds of spirits will be on hand to sample, plus educational seminars, delicious foodstuffs, and a generally awesome night to be had by all.

This year the event will be held on March 27, 2010 at the glamorous Hotel Nikko, and Drinkhacker wants to get you there!

We’ve got 3 pairs of VIP tickets (retail value: $240 per pair) to give away to our loyal readers. All you have to do to win them is tell us that you want to go! Drop a line to contest@drinkhacker.com and provide the following information: Your name, complete mailing address, and email contact information. You must be a U.S. resident and 21 years old to win.

We’ll pick three winners at random (two tickets per winner) on March 1, 2010. Winners will be notified by email, and tickets will be mailed to you shortly thereafter. Please don’t enter if you aren’t certain you can be in San Francisco on March 27th. Travel and lodging are not included in the giveaway!

Good luck, and I hope to see you there!

The fine print: Contests and giveaways are open only to readers age 21 and up with a U.S. mailing address. One prize per person per giveaway. We reserve the right to cancel any giveaway at our sole discretion. We are not responsible for lost, misdirected, or late entries. Not open to employees/contributors or immediate family members of Drinkhacker employees/contributors, its affiliates, or advertising/promotion agencies and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agents. This offer is void wherever prohibited or restricted by national, state, or any governmental laws. We are not responsible for late, lost, or damaged prize packages. We do not use your mailing address for any other purpose than sending prizes; addresses are not kept on file. One entry per contestant — your entry is good for the length of each giveaway. Duplicate entries will disqualify the entrant.