There are screwball comedies, and there are screw-capped wines. The winning video in Wine Spectator's 2008 video contest combines the two in a witty and informative tale about two friends and their love of wine.
Amanda Tarkow and Nancy Kim, both lawyers in New York, conceived and starred in the three-minute video, called "Wine and the City."
"We are a fan of the show Sex and the City," said Kim, "you can see [the video] is a take off of that. We thought of different ways to present something fun, incorporating the city of New York, the fact that we're both single women trying to find all these things in New York, including the best bottle of wine. We learned a lot about screw cap wines and how environmentally advantageous they are. It was really fun to do the research as well. If we could do this for a living we would instead of being lawyers."
For their efforts, Tarkow and Kim received full-event tickets to Wine Spectator's 2008 California Wine Experience.
This year's contest, our second, drew nearly twice as many entries as in 2007, and the five finalist videos were played more than 44,000 times during the week-long voting period.
California Collection, which features short, punchy interviews with 10 Golden State vintners, took second place. Down Under, a humorous look at the wine business in Australia, was third. Pairing Pide (which featured Jorma Kaukonen, formerly of Jefferson Airplane, on guitar) and Wine Superhero (whose creator, Troy Campione, was a finalist last year as well) rounded out the finalists, each of whom win a choice of two tickets to one of the California Wine Experience Grand Tastings or to Wine Spectator's Grand Tour next spring.
To view these videos, plus five honorable mentions and the contest rules, visit WineSpectator.com/videocontest2008. It's never too early to start planning your entry for the 2009 video contest, which will be announced next spring.