MikeL's Guide to WA Wineries
Lotto commercial contest - Sep-Oct 1999
-- Contest is concluded --
Thanks to all who participated!
(results near end of page)
I don't know if it's playing state-wide; I spotted it on Tue. 31-Aug,
and again Wed 01-Sep during the channel 7 (KIRO) morning news. Since
then I've contacted them; it will be played roughly once per newscast,
ie. 6-7am, 7-9am, 5-6pm, 11-11:30pm.
Some of you fellow wine-lovers may have noticed a current WA State
Lottery commercial playing on network TV in the Seattle area.
This commercial shows a fellow tasting wine and wondering about what
he'd do if he won the lottery, and asks "... or would you become the
So this is a wonderful opportunity for MikeL's WA Winery
Guide to have another contest! Your job is to identify the
winery where the commercial was filmed! You can probably guess at
the first hint I'm giving -- it's a WA State winery.
final update: 27-Oct-99
Only one week remaining in contest -- the commercial is still being
shown -- get your entries in soon!
Hint #1 (given out 02-Oct): "It's a winery with a vineyard".
Hint #2 (given out 22-Oct): "There's a rose bush at the end of each row".
Hint #3 (posted 27-Oct): "Photo of the vineyard".
One entry will be selected at random from among all correct entries,
to receive the prize -- a bottle of wine from the winery featured in
the commercial, courtesy of Vintners.Net.
Simply email your guess to
send email to mikel. Please be
sure to have the subject be "Wawine contest".
- There will be only one winner selected. The winner will be
notified by email. Arrangements for pickup or delivery of the prize
will be made with winner at that time.
- Only one entry per person allowed, only one guess in that entry.
- Contest closes 31-Oct, or when the commercial will no longer
be run (if I am able to find this out), whichever comes first.
- I'm sorry, I have no knowledge of when the commercial will be shown,
though I will try to track down more specific info in the next few
days, so you may wish to check back at this page.
- This contest is in no way associated with the WA State Lottery
Commission or the Lotto game.
- In other words, please be nice -- this is all intended in fun!
Hint 1: "It's a winery with a vineyard".
Very few wineries these days have their own vineyards. This is
properly called an "Estate winery", however this term is in fairly
loose usage in the US.
For this contest, you now know you can exclude any non-estate
winery; this brings down the possibilities considerably.
Hint 2: "There's a rose bush at the end of
The roses are quite visible in the
commercial. The French traditionally plant a rosebush at the end of
every grape row. I believe this is because roses are even more
susceptible than grapes to certain molds. The rosebush thus acts as
an early warning for the vineyardist of upcoming grape mold
For this contest, you can now exclude any vineyard without rosebush
row ends, thus limiting the choices even more.
Hint 3: "Photo of vineyard"
Larger image [64k],
Much larger image [228k]
This photo was taken in Oct-99, so the rose bushes at the end of each
row have pretty much died back, however they are there!
The commercial was filmed at
Bainbridge Island Winery.
All told there were 11 entries. 2 people had the correct answer; in
the end I declared them both winners, they'll each get a bottle of
wine. No correct answers were received before I posted the photograph
-- now you know why I started posting hints!
I've updated my webpage for the winery, including a non-cropped
version of the "hint #3" photo; click on the link above (then click on
the "more vineyard" photo).
The real giveaway came with the photo hint -- the vineyard is densely
surrounded by evergreen trees. This immediately limits the
possibilities to about a half dozen Western WA wineries.
I hope to come up with additional contests in the future -- don't
hesitate to mail me any ideas you may have for a contest:
send email to mikel
Thanks to all for participating!
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