Christmas Giveaway #3: One Day, Three Lucky Winners

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I had wanted to get this last giveaway up earlier this week, but I had some pressing issues that needed taking care of first.  Now that everything is taken care of, I have the chance to share not one, but three great prizes for the holiday season!   The catch?  There’s only ONE day to enter!

Aside from the super-speedy entry time, I thought I’d do something a bit different with this one.  I’ve given away food, I’ve given away gadgets; but the one thing I haven’t really focused on is the almighty book.  A few fabulous books have come across my path this year, and I couldn’t help but share them with you fine readers.  And the first two have nothing to do with food.  At least not directly.

You all know that about 95% of what I talk about here on PGEW is food-related, but there have been occasions when I’ve talked about my love of wine & other fun spirits.  My Sweet & Fruity White Wine Sangria has always been a reader favorite, and last year’s Pink Bubbly Martini was also well-received.  Though I’d love to post more drink recipes & articles, I’m not always in the position to enjoy more than some 2-Buck-Chuck.  A real splurge for me is something in the $8-10 range, but even if I know what my palate likes, I’m not always sure where to start when it comes to choosing a bottle.

Enter The Wine Trials, a book I’ve really wanted to read since I met the author, Robin Goldstein, at this summer’s IFBC.  I won’t do a complete review just yet as I’m just getting started on my own copy, but suffice to say that this book, currently in its third edition, is an excellent complement to what I discuss here on PGEW.  I show you that it’s entirely possible to enjoy delicious, oft’ times restaurant-quality meals made from everyday ingredients that most people can afford, while helping you to spot and avoid marketing techniques that will rope you into spending more than you really need to at the grocery store. The Wine Trials, through a series of blind tasting sessions comparing expensive wines to their value counterparts, does something similar, illustrating that one’s one taste perceptions are just as trustworthy – if not more so – than what the industry would like you believe when it comes to choosing a good bottle of wine. Just because a bottle is priced at $70 doesn’t automatically mean that’s a better wine, and The Wine Trials walks through this concept, and offers a wonderful list of wines under $15 that most of their tasters found to be better than their much more expensive cousins.  Pair these with some of your favorite PGEW dishes, and you’ll be able to enjoy some pretty fab dining for a fraction of what the industry would prefer that you pay.

The Beer Trials explores this same concept by ranking several beers using the same blind tasting technique.  I’m not the biggest beer fan, but I know many of you are and actually prefer beer over wine, so I thought it would be great to offer something for my beer afficionados as well.  Why not find some great affordable beers to go with PGEW’s Grilled Steak Tacos or some of your other faves?

Lastly, I have a fabulous cookbook from Sur La Table called Eating Local.  This is a gorgeous book filled with simply exquisite recipes that celebrate the best of local, seasonal ingredients.  I had received this as part of my IFBC swag bag, but ended up getting a second one as a gift, so I wanted to share the love of sensational produce and all you can do with it.

Three excellent books covering three subjects that any eating & drinking enthusiast is sure to enjoy!  And because they are so different, I thought it would be fun to have three lucky winners choose their favorite book.

To enter, simply comment below and tell me which book you would like to win and why.  Are you obsessed with wine?  Passionate about beer?  Overcome by the beauty & flavors of fresh, local produce?  Whatever your reason, let me know by 9am Christmas morning!  Three lucky winners will be randomly selected to receive the book of their choice.  The winners will be announced Christmas Day.

Have fun and Merry Christmas Eve!!!

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37 Responses to "Christmas Giveaway #3: One Day, Three Lucky Winners"

  1. Tina says:

    I would LOVE the Eating Local book – First because I am on a similar 2 Buck Chuck budget for wine and beer (except sadly without a local Trader Joe's to get it from. I got 2 cases this summer when I was in Maryland and I am JUST finishing them because I have been hoarding them so judiciously)so those would be a bit wasted on me. Second because I just absolutely love local eating and

  2. Kath says:

    I would love to win "The Beer Trials"! I really don't know much about beer and haven't a clue about selecting among all of the different varieties. I think I could learn a lot from this book!

  3. Sweet Virginia says:

    It's hard to choose! The eating local book appeals to my thriftiness, but then I like wine a beer but would like to learn more about them as well!

  4. Jenn @ Cooking Aweigh the Pounds says:

    We're big beer fans in this house so our book of choice is definitely "The Beer Trials."

    Thanks for all the giveaways, Kimberly! Merry Christmas!!!

  5. Kim M says:

    They all seem great but I'd like to win "The Wine Trials." I go into the state store (no grocery for us yet in PA) and have no idea what to choose. Being a packaging nut, I usually choose the label & bottle that catches my fancy that day and my price range. This would be a great help

  6. famewolf says:

    I like both beer and wine but think I would probably lean towards the beer book. Not sure my palate is sophisticated enough to know a good wine if it bit me. ;)

  7. Matt P says:

    I would love to win the eating local cookbook. My mom has recently been required to have major dietary restrictions, requiring very little to no processed food. I would love to be able to give her this book to give her some ideas on how to make healthy, tasty nutritional meals with her new restrictions.

    Kimberly, thanks for all that you do. I am not normally a commenter, but I love

  8. heidi says:

    i would really love eating local. we totally support local farmers and it would be a great way to talk about it more with the kids.
    the first two books look great but i haven't had a drink in almost 6 years…not because i don't like it, but because i do! a lot! lol. too tempting ; )

  9. Amy says:

    I would love the eating local book, we've kind of become obsessed with farmer's markets here. There's even a winter farmer's market…in Indiana! Who knew?

    Kimberly, Merry Christmas and best wishes for a fabulous new year!

  10. Jillian says:


    I would love the wine book – I have been known to enjoy 2-buck-Chuck but really love some of the nicer stuff too!

  11. K says:

    Even though I live in one of Canada's wine regions (Niagara), I think the Eating Local book would be more useful :)

    Although the Wine book might be able to cure my addiction to my favourite wine of all – actually, the best tasting thing on this earth, bar none: Cabernet Franc Ice Wine. At up to $90 a half bottle, it's something I rarely get to drink, except for wine tastings

  12. Anonymous says:

    I like the eating local. As the Mom who has Diabetes I have found that steering clear of processed foods is best for our family. I would love some more ways to use the Items I get from Local growers.

  13. Andrew @ Eating Rules says:

    The Wine Trials, please! I've been suffering from "bottle creep" over the past couple of years, in which my spending per-bottle has crept up higher and higher, to the point that I have to save most bottles for "special occasions." That's fun and all, but I need to shut it down!

    I'd love to find great wines at lower prices (who wouldn't?), and it

  14. Anonymous says:

    All three books sound wonderful, but I think I would love Wine Trials the best. I think of drinking wine as a total experience. Besides the taste and mouth feel of a good glass of wine, I love trying to pair wine with food and seeing how the flavors meld into something more wonderful. Sipping wine is always so relaxing. So a book like that would be great to have. Hope you're having a

  15. Chelsea says:

    I must have The Beer Trials! I love beer,and I'm always looking for new books discussing it! I need new beers to try!

  16. snowdenfairy says:

    For me, the book about eating local would be perfect. My favorite thing in the world to do is go to my farmers market, buy produce, and go home and cook up something fabulous. The idea that the food I'm eating was grown in my neck of the woods both makes it taste more delicious, and makes me feel good about the world.

  17. Frances says:

    I would love to win the Eating Local book!

  18. Susan says:

    since my family doesn't drink, the choice is obviously…..but even better is that I LOVE going to the Farmer's Markets and buying the freshest most local fruits, veggies, etc available! I may have been brainwashed but I swear they taste better and the boys are more willing to try them! thanks for the fun!

  19. Anonymous says:

    I would love the Eating Local Cookbook. Such a beautiful cookbook, and I have been making an effort to choose more local produce and eat what's in season.

    My husband would love the Beer Trials book. But since I'm entering for myself, I'd go with the Eating Locals.


  20. Anonymous says:

    What a great Christmas Eve surprise. Eating Local would be wonderful because I am devoted to this movement (from farmer's markets, to home preparation to restaurants)!

  21. Jennifer Lake says:

    For me, the choice would be Eating Local. My father was an alcoholic and (very odd reasoning, I know…) because he chose the bottle over his kids, I've come to despise the stuff and rather have nothing to do with alcohol. I would love to know more about cooking locally. I've come to love to cook.
    I baked 4 cakes for gifts to co-workers this week. Sure it was a great cake mix in a

  22. Alanna says:

    Definitely eating local. While I LOVE cooking with wine for special occasions, we don't drink. Additionally, we are really trying to green up our lives on a shoestring budget. I've swapped out chemical cleaners for mostly Dr. Bronners and water (turns out it's way cheaper, anyway), we switched to cloth diapers, and we try to just not drive (gas is too expensive anyway). I'd love

  23. Elizabeth says:

    I would love to win "The Wine Trials". We, too, love a good bottle of wine, but are on a budget. As you say, Kim, $8-10 wine is a splurge and we'd like to get the best value for that splurge.

  24. Lori says:

    I would love The Wine Trials. I am here in Walla Walla Wa, the new wine capitol of the world. This book would proudly be displayed in our B&B for guests to enjoy!

  25. Ellen says:

    I'd love to win the Eating Local book. I've been making a serious effort to cook with local food over the past year, but in the wintertime ingredients are limited and sometimes my creativity just runs out. It's be lovely to have a book like that to leaf through and grab some inspiration. :)

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  26. Today's Gift says:

    I would love the Eating Local book!

    Thanks for the giveaway and Merry Christmas!

  27. richard says:

    I need to learn more about wine, so The Wine Trials 2011 is for me. Thanks, and have a Merry Christmas.

  28. Jaimee K says:

    I'd like to have The Wine Trials. I've recently been working at a Trader Joe's – one that is lucky enough to sell wine. While my job is seasonal, and I don't know how much longer I'll have it, being there has really increased my desire to learn about wines. We have so many and I have little to no idea about them (when customers have questions, I often have to ask someone else)

  29. Jaimee K says:

    I'd like to have The Wine Trials. I've recently been working at a Trader Joe's – one that is lucky enough to sell wine. While my job is seasonal, and I don't know how much longer I'll have it, being there has really increased my desire to learn about wines. We have so many and I have little to no idea about them (when customers have questions, I often have to ask someone else)

  30. Anonymous says:

    I don't know if my previous post got through. I didn't know how else to contact you; so, I am posting again.

    I would love the Eating Local cookbook. It looks like a great book to browse through. I am making an effort to buy local produce and try to only purchase those grown in season.

    Thank you and Merry Christmas to you.


  31. Kay says:

    I would love the Eating Local book. Raising a garden and shopping at the Farmer's Market are two pleasures of summer. Thanks!!


  32. Ronnie says:

    My husband and I already know our favourite, tasty cheap beers. So I'd really like the wine book, because, like you, I know what my palette likes but have a hard time choosing a good, affordable bottle once at the store. I've always wanted to sign up for a wine tasting class but, alas, I can't afford that right now so this book would really be awesome!

  33. Tabetha says:

    I would absolutely love the eating local book because doing things like eating locally is super important to me. I care about supporting local farmers/gardeners as well as knowing where your food comes from and who the profits go to. And having a way to prepare all of these wonderful gifts of the garden, seasonally, to their fullest potential, would be something wonderful for my kitchen AND my

  34. heather.chin says:

    I'm drawn like a fly to the Eating Local book. Living in New York City, it's getting easier for me to find local produce, but becoming comfortable with how to utilize different items together for maximum taste and health benefits is more of a challenge. Especially with family that thinks preprocessed foods are most convenient and tasty, I'd love to show them another way!

  35. JC Dill says:

    I would love the Wine Trials book. I, too, often just get Two Buck Chuck and would love to know how to spend a bit more to get great wine, instead of spending more to get wine that really isn't any better than TBC.

  36. mechen says:

    9 a.m. whose time? Maybe I made it yet. I am working on finding the balance between eating local and organic, and eating CHEAP. In the past, cheap has always won, but as I get older I am realizing more and more what a difference local makes in the flavor, health benefits, and ecological impact of what I eat. I need a guide and some support though – I'd love to learn more from Eating

  37. Anonymous says:

    I'd like the eating local book. I live in the Seattle area, it's pretty easy for me to find good food but I'm trying to learn about the hows and whys and whens of purchasing locally. I hope you have a great Christmas!
    Dorothy Kolb


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