CONTEST CLOSED: CONGRATS DAWN, a Biteclub member since 2007. Membership does have it’s rewards.
Don’t be too sad if you didn’t win, though. I’ll have tickets to the Heirloom Tomato Fest next week.

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Okay eaters and drinkers, this is BiteClub’s biggest giveaway of the year, and darlings, you soooo deserve this.

Clear your schedule and put on your thinking caps, because on Saturday, September 3, two lucky BiteClub winners will receive GRAND RESERVE TICKETS ($195 each!) to Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch.

This ain’t no everyday chew and chug over wine barrels. Named one of the 10 Best Wine and Food Events in the United States, Taste of Sonoma is part of Wine Country Weekend, a deluxe three day celebration of all things food and wine in Sonoma County. Bringing together 170 wineries and 60 local chefs at one of the most beautiful (and exclusive) estates in Dry Creek, Taste is it’s a chance to see, be seen, eat, drink and hobnob with hundreds of your new best friends.

Chefs and winemakers bring out their A-game with primo sips and brilliant bites. BiteClub’s especially excited to check out eats Rick Bruno (Bruno’s on Fourth), Ken Tominaga (Hana Japanese), Justin Wangler (Kendall-Jackson), John Toulze from Girl and the Fig, Thomas Schmidt of John Ash & Co., and Carrie Brown from the Jimtown Store. Each of the three wine tents will include “perfect pairings” created by winemakers and chefs.

Star sommeliers are on hand to guide you through the tasting tents or you can head over to the Bubble Lounge for a sip of, well, bubbly. Once you’re good and comfy, take a self-guided tour of the ranch or watch a cooking demonstration. The world is your oyster for a few precious hours.

And as a Grand Reserve ticket holder (kind of like a Golden Ticket), you won’t be going thirsty. You and a companion also get access to exclusive venues featuring rare wines and behind-the-scenes benefits, including spies from Capture, Flowers, Jordan, Keller Estate, Papapietro, Pride Mountain, Ramey, Rodnesy Strong, Silver Oak and Sojourn Cellars among others.

To sweeten the deal, I’ll also invite you to the judging area of the Steel Chef Competition to sample a few dishes. Hey, what are friends for?

Here’s what you have to do to win.

1. Check out the WCW website and tell me how you plan to spend your day of luxury at Taste of Sonoma n the comments below. Get creative and impress me. These are coveted tickets, and I’m not giving them to someone who can’t appreciate the finer things in life!

2. Make sure you are either signed up for my newsletter or as a Facebook Fan of BiteClub. Membership has its privileges and the longer you’re a member, the more privileges you get, darlings. Not part of the club? Sign up for the newsletter here or my Facebook Fan Page here.

THE SMALL PRINT: Based on your impressive answers and your dedication to BiteClub (I’ll accept new friends, too), one winner will be named on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011 at 10am. You MUST be 21 to win and attend. So if you’re not, please don’t enter. Also, if you’re a non-drinker (and that’s okay!), please hold out for a less wine-related set of tickets (or you can be the designated driver, which is also cool). Finally, Make sure to use your real email address when entering. It’s the only way I can contact you! Are you one of those people who want to read the really fine print? Okay fine. It’s here. But really, you need a hobby.

Good Luck BiteClubbers! See you at Taste of Sonoma…

PS. Just want to forgo the hubbub and buy a set of tickets? Well, you can do that too.