HEALDSBURG, Calif., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- If you've ever thought about lending your creative talents to a whimsical endeavor, here's your chance. J Vineyards & Winery is calling on clever wordsmiths everywhere to enter its "Name That Pinot Noir Wine" contest through Twitter, Facebook, and good old-fashioned email.
"Our winemaking team has created a new 2012 multi-vineyard Estate Pinot Noir that is dark, cherry-red in color, and somewhat brooding and dense in flavor and aroma," says Melissa Stackhouse, Vice President of Winemaking at J. "We're in need of a fanciful name that evokes a bit of mystery and captures the spirit of Sonoma County's Russian River Valley."
Coming up with an original, proprietary name is one of the toughest challenges a winemaking team faces. The name needs to be inspiring and should capture the winery's artful and celebratory personality.
"To give you an example of naming a new wine, two years ago we launched the new STRATA Estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay," adds Stackhouse. "Of course, the word STRATA speaks to our owner, Judy Jordan, and her background as a geologist, as well as the diversity of Russian River Valley soils."
J has been crafting all-American sparkling wines and authentic terroir-driven varietal Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris wines from the Russian River Valley for the past 25 years.
HOW TO ENTER
1.) The grand prize winner will receive six bottles of the newly-named wine, and the top two finalists will each receive a $100 gift certificate good at the J Visitor Center or online retail store (www.jwine.com).
2.) There is no purchase necessary and you must be 21 years or older to enter.
3.) Email your idea to firstname.lastname@example.org, or friend us at Facebook: Facebook.com/Jwinery, or tweet it to: @Jwinery
4.) You can also friend us on Facebook and share your idea as a comment. (Be sure to make it clear that your comment is part of the Pinot Noir Naming Contest.)
5.) Enter as many times as you wish. Entries will be accepted until midnight on Monday, December 31, 2012.
6.) Before sending your wine name, please conduct a web search to ensure it hasn't already been used.
7.) Finalists will be announced on Friday, January 4, 2013, and the overall winner on Monday, January 14, 2013.
ABOUT J VINEYARDS & WINERY
J Vineyards & Winery is located at 11447 Old Redwood Highway south of Healdsburg. The winery focuses on Brut and Brut Rose sparkling wines, as well as Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay Estate varietal wines, produced from grapes farmed primarily within Sonoma County's Russian River Valley appellation.
Founded by Judy Jordan in 1986, J Vineyards & Winery is an independently-owned Sonoma County wine producer and celebrated its 25th Harvest this year. The winery is Certified Sustainable through the California Sustainable Winegrowers Alliance. To learn more, or to join the J Wine Club, go to www.jwine.com.
SOURCE J Vineyards & Winery