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Update: Congrats to SarahJB. Her comment was picked at random, and she’s our wine tools winner. Thank you all for participating in the giveaway. Don’t miss the next Behind the Kitchen Door feature in Fine Cooking #119. Award-winning retaurateur Tom Douglas shares his built-for-entertaining kitchen and his favorite gadgets and serveware will be up for grabs. Coming soon!

Calling all wine lovers. Get ready to drool, or spit, as you’re apt to do at serious wine tastings. We were lucky enough to spend the day in the kitchen of Fine Cooking contributor Maria Helm Sinskey, a chef, cookbook author, and co-owner and culinary director of picturesque Robert Sinskey Vineyards in Napa, California. Yes, many a bottle of wine was open, and, as the conversation flowed, Maria shared with us-and now you-the wine tools she reaches for most, from caddy to corkscrew.

To win Maria’s must-haves, simply leave a comment below. On Monday, August 6, 2012, I’ll pick a comment at random and the winner can start planning his or her next kitchen counter wine tasting. The prize pack is worth more than $585. (Now closed).
Behind the Kitchen Door: Go on a guided tour of Maria’s kitchen.

Maria Helm Sinskey’s Must-Have Wine Tools
wine caddy corkscrew

Maria uses an antique wine caddy to store ready-to-drink reds. You could win a sleek modern version of Maria’s antique caddy made by Blomus.

  Maria compares using her Château Laguiole corkscrew to putting on a pair of party shoes and insists it’s worth the price tag.
wine decanter stemware
“Wine needs to breathe to fully develop its complex flavors,” Maria says. She uses a one-of-a-kind handblown water pitcher as a decanter to help it along. The artists at Esque Studio in Portland made Maria’s decanter and one especially for our winner.   Have your own wine tasting party with Maria’s three favorite glasses: Riedel’s Ouverture red wine glasses (center), Vinum Bordeaux glasses (left), and Vinum Burgundy glasses (right). We’ll send you a pair of each.
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“Rather than blow through liquid soap, I run my sponge over this solid block of Savon de Marseille olive oil soap,” Maria says. “It even prevents red wine stains from setting if you act quickly and use a cloth dampened with cool water to rub it onto the stain.”    

Photos by Charles Miller

Giveaway Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER. Giveaway begins at 12:00 a.m. ET on July 5, 2012 and ends 11:59 p.m. ET on August 5, 2012. The Giveaway is open to legal residents of the United States, who are at least 18 years old, and to legal residents of Canada (except Quebec), who are at least 18 years old. Giveaway is void where prohibited. TO ENTER: Leave a comment on the Giveaway post featured on FineCooking.com (https://www.finecooking.com/item/44507/win-maria-helm-sinskeys-must-have-wine-tools). All entries become the property of the Sponsors. Only one entry per person. Sponsors are not responsible for unavailable network, failed server or other connections, miscommunications, interrupted, misrouted or scrambled transmissions or other errors or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human, electronic or otherwise. The Sponsors assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected entries or for any failure of the website during the Giveaway period, for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received by Sponsors due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, of any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material related to the Giveaway. The Sponsors reserves the right, in their sole discretion to cancel or suspend this Giveaway should a virus, bug or other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsors corrupt the security or proper administration of the Giveaway. Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Giveaway is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsors reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. Entries are subject to verification and will be declared invalid if they are illegible, mechanically reproduced, mutilated, forged, falsified, altered or tampered with in any way. Entrants to abide by the Giveaway Rules.

PRIZE DESCRIPTION: There will be one (1) winner of a prize package which will include: a wine bottle carrier by Blomus, ($31.85), a Château Laguiole corkscrew ($159.95), a handblown water pitcher by Esque Studio ($245), One pair each: Riedel’s Ouverture red wine glasses, Vinum Bordeaux glasses, and Vinum Burgundy glasses ($142), one bar Savon de Marseille olive oil soap ($9)Total retail value of the prize is approximately $587.

TAXES: Except where prohibited, all federal, state, provincial, local or other tax liabilities, including but not limited to luxury, sales, use, income, VAT, GST, and PST tax, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner. In the event of a Canadian winner, Sponsor will deduct any applicable withholding taxes imposed by the U.S. and applicable state governments from value of prize award and the prize award value will be adjusted accordingly.

NO PRIZE TRANSFER OR SUBSTITUTION: No prize or any portion thereof is transferable or redeemable for cash. Any portion of the prize that is not used is forfeited. No substitutions for prize except by Sponsor in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be substituted.

TERMS/CONDITIONS: No transfer or substitution of prizes. Employees, officers, and contractors (including immediate family members and members of the same household) of Sponsors, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, distributors, dealers, retailers, vendors of Sponsors, and all other persons/entities associated with this Sponsor and/or promotion, are not eligible. All Federal, State/Provincial and local laws apply. By participating, entrants agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the Giveaway Entities and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents from and against any claims made by winners, entrants, or any other third parties, related in any way to the operation of this Giveaway as well as any other claims, damages or liability due to any injuries, damages or losses to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any Giveaway-related activity or participation in this Giveaway.

WINNING: On or about August 6, 2012 one comment will be selected at random from among all eligible entries received and the winner will be notified by email. Odds of winning will depend upon the total number of eligible entries received. One prize per person, household, or family.

CLAIMING PRIZES: Winners must sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release (or in Canada a Declaration of Compliance) within 10 days of notification, or prize may be forfeited. Winners will also be required to provide proof of age. (Tennessee residents will not be required to sign Publicity Release as a condition of winning a prize.) Residents of Canada, in order to win, must first correctly answer a mathematical skill-testing question administered by mail or e-mail at Sponsor’s sole discretion. All prizes will be awarded.

WINNER LIST: Send self-addressed, stamped envelope by September 6, 2012 to: Fine Cooking “Fine Cooking – Maria Helm Sinskey’s Wine Tools Giveaway List Request, PO Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470 USA. (Residents of Canada may omit return postage.)

SPONSOR: The Taunton Press Inc., Fine Cooking magazine 63 S. Main Street, PO Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470-5506 USA.


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  • AM117 | 07/30/2012

    What a beautifully designed functional kitchen! I particularly like the baking table island with the slots for baking sheets. And...the pantry is to die for!

  • Develyn | 07/30/2012

    Hi I also live in an old log house but in the Canadian bush in Ontario,I grow my own poultry and love to entertain my friends from the city who think i am crazy for living the way i do. imagine how impressed they would be when i served my wine in those great glasses,and i simply love the decanter it matches my crooked floors and my twisted sense of humor, please pick me I never win any thing.

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