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Sponsored Post: Win Tickets to the Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival on May 2

JBF Editors

JBF Editors

April 21, 2015


Take Home a Rioja Cellar Contest

You already know about the fabulous chefs, wines, and bites at the upcoming Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival, conveniently going down at Chicago’s Union Station on Saturday, May 2, just two days before the Beard Awards festivities. Now we're giving you a chance to attend for free, with VIP status to boot. 

Our friends at the Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival are generously giving away two VIP tickets to this not-to-miss event. This privileged entrée will give you access to exclusive VIP areas, as well as the opportunity to sip more than 100 vibrant Rioja wines from 40+ wineries, meet top Rioja winemakers, attend expert-led seminars, and taste delicious tapas from nearly 30 chefs of national renown. Plus, you'll be automatically entered into the "Take Home a Rioja Cellar" contest. The winner will take home one of each bottle opened at the festival—that's at least 126 bottles.

Here's how you can enter for a chance to win the festival tickets:

1. Make sure you’re following @beardfoundation on Twitter if you’re not already.

2. Tweet the bolded text from your Twitter account: I'm tweeting for a chance to win two VIP tickets to @RiojaWine from @beardfoundation! #RiojaBuzz (Make sure to include the hashtag!)


Simply retweet the above message after someone else on Twitter tweets it.

We'll randomly select a winner, who will receive two VIP tickets to Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival. The entry period ends at midnight on Saturday, April 25. Tickets to the festival can be purchased at This event is sure to sell out, so act fast.

Event details:

Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival 
Saturday, May 2, 2015 
1:00 P.M.–5:00 P.M.

Tickets are $65 per person. Ages 21 and over only. To purchase tickets, visit

Union Station 
500 W Jackson Blvd 

Participating Chefs: Katie Button, Cúrate; Michael Ciapciak, Bang Bang Pie Shop; David Cordua, Américas; Tim Dacey, Capa at Four Seasons Orlando; Francis Derby, The Cannibal; Stephen "Octoman" Fried, Gullo Specialty Foods; Carlos Gaytan, Mexique; Tim Graham, Travelle; Kurt Guzowski and Thomas Rice, TÊTE Charcuterie; Adam Halberg, Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant; Joe Heppe, Oak & Char; Haidar Korum, Estadio; Greg Laketek, West Loop Salumi; Rob Levitt, The Butcher & Larder; John Manion, La Sirena Clandestina; Kylen McCarthy, Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria; Sarah McDonnell, Trellis; Cory Morris, Rural Society; Greg O'Neill, Pastoral Artisan; Daniel Olivella, Barlata Tapas Bar; Jeff Parkin, Bar Pastoral; Nicole Pederson, Found Kitchen; Michael Santoro, Andaz 5th Avenue; Anthony Sasso, Casa Mono; Nathan Sears, The Radler; Sarah Simmons, Birds & Bubbles; Jason Vincent; Joshua Whigham

Participating Wineries: Bodegas AGE, Muriel, Viña Eguia, Fernandez de Pierola, Carlos Serres, Vivanco, Bodegas Valdemar, Ramón Bilbao, Bodega Classica, Bodega Maetierra Dominum, Muga, Marqués de Cáceres, Bodegas Riojanas, Franco Espanolas, Campo Viejo, Ysios, Marqués de Vargas, Montecillo, Ontañón, Soto de Torres, Valenciso, Martinez Corta, Marqués de Carrión, Bodegas Basagoiti, Marqués de Riscal, Bodegas Palacio, Beronia, Casa Primicia Finca Valpiedr, Familia Martinez Bujanda, Raquel Saenz Sacristan, Rug Vino, Castillo de Cuzcurrita, El Coto, LAN, Baron de Ley, Faustino, Bodegas Bilbainas, Bodegas Tarón.

Find out more and purchase tickets at


Official Rules:

No purchase necessary. Purchase will not improve chances of winning. Starting at 11:00 A.M. EST on April 21, 2015, the James Beard Foundation will invite Twitter accounts that follow the official James Beard Foundation Twitter account ( to “tweet” the following message: "I'm tweeting for a chance to go to win two VIP tickets to @RiojaWine from @beardfoundation! #RiojaBuzz". Twitter users may enter by “tweeting” or “retweeting” the exact message via Twitter. Tweets submitted at and after 12:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 25, 2014, will not be eligible.

Only residents who are 21 and older and residing in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia are eligible to enter. Void where prohibited by law.

The winners of the sweepstakes will be chosen at random. The James Beard Foundation is not responsible for and will not consider incomplete or incorrect entries, or entries submitted but not received by the James Beard Foundation for any reason, as potential sweepstakes winners.

The winners of this sweepstakes will be notified direct message on Twitter.. The individuals replying to these communications will be considered the winners. Claiming of prizes requires communication to the James Beard Foundation and must be received from the Twitter account to which the winner-notification message was sent. Failure to respond shall mean that the winner forfeits the prize. The James Beard Foundation will randomly select a new winner if the original winner fails to respond.

Only one entry per Twitter account will be considered for sweepstakes entry. The prizewinner must supply the James Beard Foundation with his/her legal name, mailing address, birth date, and daytime telephone number in order to claim the prize. The winner may not request substitutions of prize winnings. The winner is solely responsible for any and all taxes and/or fees, and all such additional costs that may be incurred.

Neither the James Beard Foundation, the James Beard Foundation sponsors, nor employees of the James Beard Foundation or sponsors may be held liable for any warranty, costs, damage, injury, or any other claims incurred as a result of usage of any winners of a prize once winner has taken possession of the product.

The James Beard Foundation is not liable for any loss arising out of or in connection with or resulting from any sweepstakes or contest promoted by the James Beard Foundation. Management, employees and families of the James Beard Foundation and Rioja Wine and Tapas Festival are prohibited from winning any prizes awarded by the James Beard Foundation.