Wednesday, April 21, 2010

"It's a Major Award!"

You all know the movie "A Christmas Story" when the leg lamp arrives... the surprise "Major Award" that the dad receives. There's really nothing quite like getting a wonderful package when you're not expecting it... even if it is a hideous leg-lamp.

When we went to the 2010 Made in NH expo a couple of weeks ago, we entered several contests at several different food and/or wine related booths. The food was so wonderful that we couldn't help ourselves but try and get a chance to get some free stuff. One of the booths - Zorvino Winery of Sandown - had a bowl for business cards. I threw mine in without a second thought.

Last Friday was a particularly crazy day at work. For a Friday it was pretty non-stop with several random curveballs thrown at me mid-afternoon so my frazzled level was at maximum capacity. At 4:57, my phone rang at my desk and the caller ID read "Zorvino Winery". My initial thought was... why the heck are they calling an airplane parts manufacturer?

Then the man on the other end - Tom - informed me that I won one of the gift baskets they were giving away. In fact, not only did I win a gift basket, but because we attended on Saturday I won "the big one". We made arrangements to meet this week at McKinnon's in Salem so that I could get my gift basket. Yesterday was the day - and boy-oh-boy was it a wonderful basket!

The contents:
  • 2 bottles of Zorvino's wine (Pinot Grigio and Zinfandel)
  • 7 boxes of tasting chocolate (that all indicated what type of wine goes best with it)
  • A jar of marinated mushrooms
  • A jar of marinated artichokes
  • A soy candle (Zinfandel scent) from a NH candlemaker
  • A cookbook made up of all different recipes made with wines from the different wineries in NH

The basket still had its price-tag on it (presumably because they sell them in their shop) - it typically sells for $95! We immediately flipped through the cookbook (man is there some tasty looking stuff in there) and tasted some of the 72% dark chocolate that was included. I can't wait to try out their wines and I'm sure that the cookbook will be featured in one of my Mission: Cookbook endeavors.

What a wonderful surprise that was to win the basket!

1 comment:

SilverNeurotic said...

Wow that's cool! Its been a long time since I've won a contest.