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The Winner of the Sterling Vineyards Ultimate Host Contest Has Been Announced!

And she is Zooey Jones from Brooklyn, NY!

Last night in New York City, Padma Lakshmi and Sterling Vineyards hosted the final event of the Sterling Ultimate Host program, where four finalists from the hundreds of entrants, brought a blank space to life, showcasing  how they would host a party.

Zooey welcomed her guests into her lush space with sounds of smooth jazz coming from live musicians and decadent red velvet cake. Here's a photo from her display.

Congrats, Zooey! I hope you enjoy your $25,000 cash prize, your trips to Sterling Vineyards in Napa and the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival, as well as your opportunity to be part of Sterling’s social media channels. And thank you, Sterling Vineyards, for letting me be a judge  in the challenge. What fun it has been!!!

Sterling Vineyards Contest 4: “Evening with Friends – Host’s Choice”

The fourth and final Sterling Vineyards Ultimate Host Challenge has just begun, and if you love wine and entertaining, you will love this challenge because it's Host's Choice!

For this challenge, entrants are free to design their own wine tasting for guests (21 years of age or older) featuring any four of the Sterling Vintner’s Collection wines. Your job is to host a traditional wine and cheese tasting or get creative and design your own unique tasting experience for friends.

You can use video, photos, and text and tell us all about what you did. The more creative the better...

And remember, the winners of each of the four contest rounds will be flown to NYC to compete in the finale coming up in early December, and the grand prize winner will receive $25,000 plus two trips to California, and be crowned Sterling's Ultimate Host!

Get pairing!! This contest began on October 29, 2012 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on November 12, 2012. Head to the Sterling Ultimate Host Facebook page for all the details.

Sterling Utimate Host Challenge 3: "Music Match"

Challenge 3 for the search for the Sterling Vineyards Ultimate Host is all about the music!

The goal here is to create the ultimate "party playlist." It can be a dance party soundtrack, a dinner party soundtrack, or a romantic soundtrack for an evening for two.  Just let the music guide you...

To enter, build an entire evening using your music as inspiration. How would you pair your decor, food and Sterling wine with the right  playlist? Please share your parties using video, photos, and/or a text descriptions. I can't wait to see what you do and the songs you choose.

Remember, the grand prize winner will receive $25,000 in cash plus a trip to Sterling Vineyards in Napa, CA and trip to the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival. Seriously, these prizes are insane, plus you get a trip to NYC to compete in the finale (and meet Padma). There is really no reason not to enter!!

To learn more and get all the details, head to the Sterling Vineyards Facebook page.

Sterling Utimate Host Challenge 2: "Sterling Wine and Dessert Pairings"

The second Sterling Vineyards Ultimate Host Challenge has just begun, and if you love pairing wine and desserts, this challenge is for you!

To enter, just invite friends, family, or a significant other over (all guests must be at least 21) for an evening of sweet treats and wines from Sterling's Napa Valley collection.

How creative and exciting can you make your pairings? What would you pair with an oaky Chardonnay or a robust Cab? I can't wait to see (yep, I'm one of the judges)...

Document what you do with video or photos and tell us all about it. The more mouth-watering and interesting the better...

And remember, the winners of each of the four contest rounds will be flown to NYC to compete in the finale, and the winner will receive $25,000 plus other great prizes, and be crowned Sterling's Ultimate Host!

Get pairing!! Contest 2 ends October 9th. Head to the Sterling Ultimate Host Facebook page for all the details.

 

Sterling Utimate Host Challenge 1: "Girls/Guys Night In"

 

How would you plan a girls or guys night in?

Sterling Vineyards is launching its second annual search for the Sterling Vineyards Ultimate Host and the theme for the first Challenge is a "girls or guys night" in.

The grand prize winner will receive $25,000, so get your party hat on!!

To enter, just throw a party and host a fantastic evening at home. It could be a spa night, a Pinterst party, a game night, a football party... there are so many great options. What we want to see (and yes, I am one of the lucky judges) is how you put together a memorable evening for your friends.

We'll be looking for originality, creativity, how well you stick to the theme, and how beautiful your party looks.

To put together your entry, you can use video, photographs, and any text you'd like to include. Just get creative, have fun, and show your friends a good time!!

 

 

 

Sterling Vineyards Ultimate Host Contest

Sterling Vineyards is launching its second annual search for the Sterling Vineyards Ultimate Host Contest.

Do you love to entertain and do you love a challenge? Then this contest is for you!

Here's how it works... There will be four hosting challenges. Your job is to host a party using the announced challenge theme, then submit videos, photos, and/or text to describe your party and how you put it all together.

Your submissions will be judged by a panel that includes Padma Lakshmi from Top Chef (I love her!), representatives from Sterling Vineyards, plus Kristen Doyle from Dine & Dish, Tori Tait from Thoughtfully Simple, Aryka Randall from TheFabFemme, and little ol' me! I'm really excited to be a part of this, I must admit.

Winners from each challenge will compete in a grand finale event in NYC (yes, they're flying the finalists to NYC) for the top prize which is awesome... $25,000 in cash plus two trips... one to Napa Valley, CA and one to the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival in Carmel, CA. Plus, you get to be Sterling's next "Sterling Ultimate Host" for the year.

The first challenge, to host a "Girls/Guys Night In," was announced today, so head to the Sterling Vineyards Ultimate Host Contest Facebook page to read all the details.

Good luck, everyone! And I can't wait to meet the finalists in NYC!

 

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