How to win wine and influence people

wine rack fullWhen was the last time you didn't have to pay for your wine? Some ago I'll bet. Wine lovers often get given bottles of wine as presents but as these are usually something top-notch and expensive it doesn’t make financial sense to replace them using your own money. But there is a way of boosting the wine rack contents for free - entering competitions with wine prizes.

couponsChoose the right competition and winning one or six bottles of wine is a real possibility. Usually the prizes for many magazine, newspaper or website competitions are made up of newly launched ranges that wine companies are trying to get noticed. But when the answers to the one or two usually very simple wine questions nestle somewhere in the text above the entry form it seems rude not to enter.

Magazines posted out to supermarket loyalty card holders are a good place to look for wine prize competitions, as well as those quickly thrown away free papers shoved through the letterbox - so few people enter these that the chances of winning are always pretty good.

Rather than listing prices and tasting notes, this week I'll help you get started finding wine-prize competitions. If the bug hits, and it has for me, then you'll be able to call yourself not only a wine fan but a 'comper'.

PG Best Online Competitions with Wine Prizes

Casillero del DiabloWin 12 bottles of Casillero del Diablo wines, lunch at a London restaurant and Foodie Festival VIP tickets

The answer to the single question is in the competition text. You’ll need to register with the Delicious magazine website to enter. Closing date 31 May.

Win a bottle of Saint Emilion Grand Cru, a basket of French food and a signed copy of the book Broke the Grape’s Joy

An usual one this – download the free preview of the book Broke the Grape’s Joy and record yourself reading aloud from it. The winner’s recording will be used as a voice over for the book’s advert. Winner announced 1 June – so I suppose you’d better get the entries in by 31 May.

Win 6 bottles of German wine

One multiple-choice question and you don’t have to register with the site to enter. Closing date 30 June.

Villa MariaWin 120 bottles of wine with Spar

No questions to answer – just register with the site and you could win ‘a year’s supply of wine’ (not in this house) from Villa Maria, Turning Leaf, Casillero del Diablo (them again) and Oxford Landing. Closing date not given but the competition coincides with the Spar Wine Festival which ends on the 16 May.

Win a bottle of Griffith Park Australian Sparkling wine

Just enter your contact details to enter this monthly prize draw. Closing date 31 May.

Win a case of South African wine

Subscribe to the Wines of South Africa newsletter and you’ll be entered into the monthly prize draw. No closing date.

Win 6 bottles of fine wine from WineBear

Two multiple-choice questions and three chances of winning – there’s a Gold, Silver and Bronze prize of six bottles each. Closing date 31 May.

Win a bottle of Pig in Poke wine

Answer 5 multiple-choice questions with a pig theme to enter the monthly prize draw. Note you’ll also be signing up for their newsletter. No closing date.

Win 6 bottles of Mont Tauch Fitou

Monthly competition. Answer three multiple-choice questions – answers are all on their website. Prize draw the first week of each month.

wine and decanterWin a Bordeaux wine workshop

Register and sign-in to the London Confidential website to win a pair of tickets for an evening wine tasting in London on 29 May. This is a monthly prize draw with a prize of pair of tickets for a wine tasting event in London. No closing date shown but if you want to win the Bordeaux workshop prize you’d better enter by 28 May.

Win wine cruise for two worth £5,600

Just enter your contact details to enter and be in with a chance of winning the prize cruise where you’ll meet TV wine expert Jilly Goolden (remember her from BBC2’s Food and Drink?) . This last bit might put you off from entering but should you choose to accept this assignment the closing date is 29 June.

The Competition Grape Vine

Follow the editor of the monthly magazine The Competition Grape Vine and she’ll let you know about competitions running on Twitter, plus offer hints and tips on how to enter online competitions.

Loquax, the UK Prizes Directory

One of the biggest online competition prize 'portals'. Here you'll find links to hundreds of competitions. Use the Prize Directory link to hone straight in on competitions with Drink prizes – currently there are 56 with wine, beer and spirit prizes.

This article has also appeared as Paula's Wines of the Week on MatureTimes.co.uk