CONTEST CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALLISON AND THERESA. All the entries were terrific, and I would love to try and find a way to use them on a website…or maybe talk to some pinot folks about using them. They’re great. The sponsor chose the winners — so please don’t get upset at me.

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How much do you love pinot noir? Start counting the ways.

Pinot on the River (Oct. 22-24) is a grape-stained weekend for serious pinotphiles culminating in the Artisinal Grand Tasting from more than 100 top-notch West Coast producers. These aren’t Styrofoam cup sippers, but seriously collectible and eminently quaffable wines like DuNah, Papapietro Perry, De Loach, Kosta Browne, Moshin, MacPhail, Merry Edwards, Patz & Hall,  Davis Bynum, Roadhouse and on and on…

And you could be part of the VIP sipping crew. How? It’s easy: Just create your own “Ode to Pinot Noir” in the comments below.

One winner will receive 2 VIP tickets to Sunday’s grand tasting (11am to 4pm) along with 2 seats at the Friday Night Out in the Valley Dinner at Roadhouse Winery in Healdsburg (8pm). One runner up will receive tickets to the Sunday tasting. More than 100 wineries are participating, along with nibbles from Rosso, BBQ Smokehouse Catering and Rodney Strong. (See full rules)

So start composing those odes! Find out more about Pinot on the River 2010 or buy tickets here.