Showing posts with label New York Winter Wine Fest. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New York Winter Wine Fest. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Today's Words of Inspiration + Winner's Announcements + NY Wine Fest Recap!

Let the Good Life Inspire You

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending The New York City Wine Festival, and I had a fantastic time! I'm no expert, and I let the reps know I was fully in their hands and to make recos on what I should try and in what order. They were super happy to explain the notes and describe the flavors. I also had the chance to meet great people between appetizers and tasting, and it concluded with an amazing concert.

I can't wait for the next one. I started off so nervous not fully knowing what to expect or how a total newb would even be received, and I learned right away I had nothing to fear, and there were other wine novices who seemed visibly relieved when I asked for recos because some were too afraid to admit they didn't know very much about wine either.

I was totally in the moment and greatly enjoyed the great wine, food, music and company! I hope the Ascending Butterfly readers who won our giveaway for a pair of tickets will also write in and let us know how they enjoyed the event.

It's amazing when you stop and think that grapes can become something so luxurious. A wine at it's core is nothing without the grapes. And the event left me thinking about how the ordinary in life can easily become extraordinary via time and transformation.

And isn't that much like us? We undergo changes and transformations daily, some seem so negligible when we are in the midst of them, but then we realize later on just how profound they really were! Today I want you to be inspired by your changes and transformations, celebrate both the ordinary and extraordinary in your life, and don't be afraid to ask for recommendations, you may just discover a new favorite!

Some of my favorites include, in no particular order:

(1) Cuvee Flamme
(2) Llopart Brute Rose
(3) Eudald Brut Cava
(4) Juve & Camps Brut Cava Reserva
(5) Poggio al Tesoro Solosole Vermentino
(6) Warwick Sauvignon Blanc 2009
(7) Wakatake Ginjo Demon Slayer (Sake)
(8) Ichinokura Taru (Sake)

Being at the Festival also reminded me that the fruits of our labors are those indulgences and moments we allow ourselves to savor. Today let good music, good friends, and good wines inspire you!

Today's Words of Inspiration'
Use 'Today's Words of Inspiration' as a breathing meditation to still your mind, quiet your thoughts and bring in positive energy. As you inhale bring in only positive energy by saying in your mind, I breathe in positive energy (or you can say creative energy if that is what you wish to create more of) and as you exhale, Affirm out loud 'The good life is mine Now!'

Spend some time each day enjoying focused breathing AND soul guided meditative visualization, in doing so, you can bring about profound and powerful changes in your life.

Visualize yourself manifesting something unique, guided by universal forces that emerge spontaneously from within your soul. Do this at least twice today and see how by taking a moment away from the hectic pace and breathing in positive energy and affirming what you wish to create, your thinking will become different.

Remember, attitude really does determine altitude.

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Make this your best day ever, Bless and Be Blessed!

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Active Giveaways!

1) - Ends 02/14 - $50 digital gift card to Giveaway! - Enter HERE!
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Congratulations to **Amanda** and **Clenna** our BearPaw and Energy Muse Freedom Beads Winners! I know Amanda is going to love staying warm with her new BearPaw Boots! And I know Clenna is going to be keeping her Chakra's aligned in style with her new Necklace! And congrats to ** A-Ro ** and ** Theo ** our NY Winter Wine Fest winners!

Special Thanks to Marquee Concerts, Bearpaw and Energy Muse for hosting another amazing giveaway, we hope to have you back soon!
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** We post our winner usernames instead of full names to protect privacy, except of course if their username is their full name! **

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The NYC Winter Wine Festival Giveaway - A pair of tickets for 2 winners! ARV $300

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This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks so much to our wonderful sponsor Marquee Concerts! We look forward to working with you again! The winners have been notified and upon confirmation, follower names will be posted both here and on our homepage. Remember: There are great giveaways active on the upper right hand side of the page!
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Today's Butterfly, Valentine's Buying Guide Edition Sponsored by:

Image Courtesy of @ Marquee Concerts 2011

We are excited to open up our Valentine's Day Buying Guide with a super exciting giveaway! Valentine's Day conjures up images of romantic dinners, candle light, and a lovely bottle of wine. And then of course that baby in the diaper trying to hit you in the rear with an arrow.....

Even if Cupid over-looked you this year, keep that image of the lovely bottle of wine in your head. And then multiply it by about 200. Sound Good? It does to me too, that's why I will be attending this year's NYC Winter Wine Festival!

Image Courtesy of @ Marquee Concerts 2011

About the NYC Winter Wine Fest

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - EVENT: NYC’s favorite wine tasting just got better…We are going to turn the Best Buy Theatre in Times Square (formerly NOKIA) into a gargantuan vineyard. Wines from all over the world – great Zinfandels from California…Super Tuscans from Italy…crisp Bordeaux from France…and some amazing wines from Latin America. Over 200 wine selections to taste in all. Last year this event was named by NBC Local Television as the “must attend event” of the first weekend in February. And last year the event was SOLD OUT…so what are we doing this year?? We are creating more room and more space for attendees, AND there are two (2) sessions this year, afternoon and evening. That means more wine, more food and more room to stretch out and enjoy.
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - FOOD: Cleanse your palate between tastings with hors d'oeuvres, cheese, bread, and crudités. (Full meal not provided. Light hors d’oeuvres only.)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - SPECIAL GIFT: As our special gift to you, every attendee will receive a FREE Riedel crystal stem from which to taste and to take home. A $10 VALUE.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - WINE CLASSES: Upgrade your tickets for access into our VIP Wine Classes area where you can indulge in an exclusive side-by-side tasting of special wines. Wine never tasted so good. (Please Note: There is an additional charge of $20 per ticket for VIP Classes.)

Image Courtesy of @ Marquee Concerts 2011

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - MUSIC: Special performance by Shilts, formerly from Down To The Bone! Shilts is the former leader of contemporary funk/jazz band Down to the Bone. He will take the stage for a set to close out each session of the festival. His music is funky and danceable and has a party flavor -- more so than typical Contemporary Jazz. He weaves in catchy Funk and Soul grooves. The band is a 5 piece group featuring sax, guitar, organ, bass, and drums. All top notch players. It's a perfect way to finish the night. Having Shilts on the stage ensures that the 2011 NYC Winter Wine Festival is indeed a "festival". Listen to his music.

I love the idea of good wine, good eats, live jazz music and the company of great friends! And I certainly hope to see YOU there too!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - WIN IT! - Ascending Butterfly and our friends at Marquee Concerts (yes, that's right the wonderful folks who brought us the Jazz Cruise last summer!) want you to win a pair of tickets to The NYC Winter Wine Festival!  There are a pair of tickets for each session. One winner will win two tickets to the afternoon session (3-6 pm) and the other winner will win a pair of tickets to the Evening Session (8-11 pm).
Whether you are blisfully single, happily married or somewhere in between, this event has a little something for everyone! Me and my single friends both male and female are always game for something new to do on 'V-day', and I know just what we are all doing this year! ~Ascending Butterfly

NOTE: You will not receive paper tickets, you and your guest will be placed on a guest list for full admission. Admission does not include the VIP Wine Class. This giveaway is for event admission only, no transportation will be provided, no airfare or hotel stay will be included. Please do not enter if you are not central enough to New York City to easily commute to this event, due to the fast turnaround it would be difficult to re-assign these tickets so we appreciate your cooperation!

Don't you just ♥ Marquee Concerts? I know I do!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - How to Win:  Here are the Easy 1,2,3 Steps to Winning!

(1) You must be a PUBLIC follower of Ascending Butterfly to be eligible for this and all giveaways. Indicate in your entry that you follow (if your 'comment name/user id' differs from your profile id, please let me know what name you follow under) and

(2) MANDATORY entry- Take a look at this year's wine list and pick a wine you'd like to try, give us the name of that wine, and also tell us which session you would pick if you win! And because of this nature of this giveaway please state the following with your entry 'I am 21 years of age or older'. 

(3) You must also leave your email address somewhere in your comment. (You can format it this way for security, example: ascendingbutterfly AT mail host DOT com). (If your email is clearly visible in your profile, you can just say so, that's OK!) Please follow the easy 1, 2, 3 steps to winning! This giveaway is open to USA residents who are 21 years of age or older. No PO Boxes. We are  no longer sending courtesy reminders when entries do not qualify, make sure you are following publicly and your entry comment complies with giveaway win it instructions or it will be deleted.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Please follow directions or you will be disqualified! All comments are moderated, they may not appear on the site right away (comments like "I want this" or "I want to win" will not be entered). You have from Wednesday, January 26, 2011 until Tuesday, February, 01, 2011 at 03:00 PM (EST) to comment and be entered for a chance to win. You will have 48 hours to confirm if we do not hear from you we will be forced to move on to an alternate. (We only notify winners DIRECTLY via email, so if your profile or your comment does not have an email your entry will not be processed)


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Blog about this giveaway, linking to this giveaway post. Leave the URL in a comment. (If your blog post contains more than just a pic and link you'll get 5 extra credit entries!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Grab our Button and put it on your Blog. Leave the URL where we can see it in a comment (if you already have our button, just let us know, you will still get extra credit!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @Tracy_Iglesias on Twitter and give me your twitter ID in a comment

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Tweet this:

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(Leave a comment with the tweet’s url so you can get a valid entry (click on the time your tweet was sent to get the direct URL and then copy and paste it here). You can Tweet TWICE per DAY. If you Tweet more than that, that entry will be disqualified.)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @NYWineFestivals on Twitter

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Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Like New York Wine Festivals on Facebook HERE (Feel free to tell them Ascending Butterfly sent you!) :)

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Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Have you entered another giveaway on Ascending Butterfly? Let me know which one and you’ll get more extra credit!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Have you commented on a non-giveaway entry? Let me know which one here and you’ll get more extra credit!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Press the button below and join, you get an extra entry for this giveaway and a shot at more great prizes, lets win together! (one time extra credit, will be verified before entry can be accepted)

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FTC Disclosure Info for this Giveaway: This is not a paid insertion. This is a non-compensated post and all opinions regarding the product and the sponsor are my own experiences. I was provided tickets to facilitate the review and giveaway. Sponsor is fulfilling directly to prize winner(s), this in no way influenced my opinion of the products. Once a winner is selected and their information has been forwarded to the sponsor, the responsibility of prize fulfillment, rests with the sponsor.
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