Your new digs? (photo provided by Expedia CruiseShipCenters)

We're ecstatic to announce today's giveaway, in partnership with Expedia CruiseShipCenters: a Mediterranean wine cruise for two.  Th...

cshih1271  – February 18, 2015

Your new digs? (photo provided by Expedia CruiseShipCenters)

We’re ecstatic to announce today’s giveaway, in partnership with Expedia CruiseShipCenters: a Mediterranean wine cruise for two

The prize

  • 7 days aboard a ship traveling from Barcelona to Monte Carlo (Aug 5-12, 2015)
  • Getting to meet Sunset wine editor Sara Schneider and food editor Margo True, who will also be traveling with you!
  • Wine tastings of our gold medal winners with Sara + wine seminars + a winemaker dinner + cooking presentation with Margo
  • Stops at Alamos, Spain; Provence and St Tropez, France; Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre and Rome, Italy
  • Traveling with fellow Sunset enthusiasts!

How to enter

  1. Visit this page.
  2. Write a (very, very) short essay on why you want to go! Contest ends April 7.
  3. Take our “What’s your perfect wine” quiz and tell us your results!

It’s that simple. Also, “like” us on our Facebook page to keep up with all our giveaways. We’re also giving away a pair of Colbie Caillat and O.A.R. tickets right now.




  1. HOW TO ENTER: This contest begins 12:01 A.M. PST on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 and ends 11:59 P.M. PST on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. To enter online, go to and follow instructions to submit your short, original essay of 150 words or less, highlighting why you want to attend the trip for two from Barcelona to Monte Carlo; essays must be in English. Limit one entry per person.  Sunset Publishing is not responsible for lost, late, illegible or incomplete entries not received for any reason.  Entries become sole property of Sunset Publishing and none will be acknowledged or returned.  By entering, Entrant warrants that his or her entry (1) is original and does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party, (2) has not been published in any medium or (3) has not won an award.
  1. JUDGING: All entries will be judged by Sunset editors based on the following criteria: Originality (25%); Creativity (25%); Use of language (25%); and Appropriateness to contest theme (25%). Incomplete and/or inaccurate entries and entries not complying with all rules are subject to disqualification.  Decisions of judges are final and binding.  Winners will be notified by email and/or telephone beginning April 16, 2015.
  1. ELIGIBILITY: Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 21 years or older at time of entry (“Entrant(s)”). Void where prohibited by law. Employees of Sponsor and its promotional partners (Expedia CruiseShipCenters) and their respective parents, affiliates and subsidiaries, participating advertising and promotion agencies (and members of their immediate family and/or those living in the same of household of each such employee) are not eligible.
  1. PRIZES AND APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE: One Winner will receive an inside stateroom, category F, double occupancy, cruise only (no air). One Winner and his or her Guest are both responsible for getting to the departure point, which is in Barcelona, Spain. One winner and his or her Guest will be responsible for the Government fee of $121 per person and airfare. Approximate Retail Value: $ $3998. All other expenses not specified herein are the responsibility of the Winner. ALL TAXES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER. The prize is awarded without warranty, express or implied, of any kind. Travel arrangements, hotel accommodations, and any other prize component subject to availability and chosen at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Certain blackout periods and other restrictions may apply. All travelers must possess valid travel documents. Each Winner and his or her Guest must complete, sign, and return the Publicity Waiver (where legal) and Release Forms prior to travel, by April 15, 2015, or the Guest cannot accompany the Winner. (Name changes after May 1, 2015 may incur a fee.) Winner and Guest must travel on dates specified by Sponsor between August 5 through 12, 2015. Arrangements must be made at least 30 days prior to departure. Winner and Guest must travel on the same itinerary. Once scheduled, the itinerary cannot be altered. Actual value of prize may vary based on timing and point of departure. Winner is responsible for all taxes and all other expenses not included in the prize package, including, without limitation, ground travel, parking, meals, room service, souvenirs, phone calls, incidentals, tips, and other personal expenses.
  1. CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION: No transfer, assignment, or substitution of a prize permitted, except Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize (or prize component) for an item of equal or greater value at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Nothing in these official contest rules shall obligate Sponsor to publish or otherwise use any entry submitted in connection with this Contest. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Entrants agree to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Contest. By entering, Entrant represents that any essay and other materials submitted as part of Entrant’s Contest entry are original and will not constitute defamation or an invasion of privacy or otherwise infringe upon the rights of any third party, and that the Entrant owns or has the rights to convey any and all right and title in such essay and other materials. In addition, by entering, Entrant grants to Sponsor a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to edit, publish, promote, republish at any time in the future and otherwise use Entrant’s submitted essay, along with Entrant’s name, likeness, biographical information, and any other information provided by Entrant, in any and all media for possible editorial, promotional or advertising purposes, without further permission, notice or compensation (except where prohibited by law). Potential Winner and his or her Guest, as a condition of receiving any prize, also may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release and where legally permissible a Publicity Release and confirmation of a license as set forth above within 7 days (Last date to book is April 15, 2015; name changes after May 1, 2015 may incur a fee) following the date of first attempted notification, certifying, among other things, the following: (a) entry does not defame or invade the privacy of any party; (b) entry does not infringe upon the rights of any third party; and (c) the essay and other materials submitted are original and have never been published and entry has never won an award. Failure to comply with this deadline may result in forfeiture of the prize and selection of an alternate winner. Return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. Acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for Sponsor and its agencies to use Winner’s name and/or likeness, biographical information, and essay other materials submitted for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law. By entering and/or accepting prize, Entrants and Winners agree to hold Sponsor and its promotional partners (Expedia CruiseShipCenters), its directors, officers, employees and assigns harmless for liability, damages or claims for injury or loss to any person or property relating to, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, participation in this Contest, including death, the acceptance and/or subsequent use or misuse, or condition of any of the prizes awarded, or claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion or privacy. False or deceptive entries or acts will render the Entrant ineligible. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the immediate and unrestricted right to disqualify any entrant or prize winner, if either commits or has committed any act, or has been involved or becomes involved in any situation or occurrence which the Sponsor deems likely to subject the Sponsor, entrant or winner to ridicule, scandal or contempt or which reflects unfavorably upon the Sponsor in any way. If such information is discovered by Sponsor after a winner has received notice of his prize and before the prize is awarded, Sponsor may rescind the prize in its entirety. If a portion of his/her prize has already been awarded, Sponsor may withdraw the remainder of the prize that has been fulfilled. Decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding in all matters related to this paragraph. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the contest, or in the announcement of the prize.
  1. INTERNET: Sunset magazine is not responsible for lost or late entries nor for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind, or inaccurate transmissions of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsor or presenter on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site or any combination thereof. If for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, the Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to select winners from eligible entries received as of the termination date. CAUTION: Any attempt by a contestant to deliberately damage any Web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the game is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such contestant to the fullest extent of the law. If there is a dispute as to the identity of the Entrant, the prize will be awarded to the authorized account holder of the email address. The “authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person to whom the email address is assigned.
  1. GOVERNING LAW: This Contest is governed by the internal laws of the state of New York without regard to principals of conflict of laws. All cases and claims pertaining to this Contest must be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in the City of New York, without recourse to class action suits
  1. SEVERABILITY: If any provision of these Rules is found to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction or appointed arbitrator, such determination shall in no way affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision herein.
  1. WINNER’S LIST: For name of Winner(s), available after June 1, 2015 send a separate self-addressed, stamped envelope to Sunset Publishing, Attention: Sunset Wine Cruise; 80 Willow Rd., Menlo Park, CA 94025.
  1. SPONSOR: The Sponsor of this Contest is Sunset Publishing, 80 Willow Rd., Menlo Park, CA 94025.