COMPETITION! Win a Saint Emilion Grand Cru . . .

March 23, 2012

. . . PLUS a basket of French gastronomic goodies courtesy of the Restaurant du Délice in Normandy AND a signed copy of Broke the Grape’s Joy . . .

Love French cuisine? Grand Cru Bordeaux wine? Think you could do a short voice-over? Then read on. . .

Broke the Grape’s Joy by Patrick Hilyer, published by FeedARead Publishing, is out in paperback on the 1st of June. The talented young French filmmaker, Jacques-Henri Heim, is producing a short promotional video for the book which will be screened on Amazon and YouTube. We would like YOU to read and record a few lines to use as a voice-over in the video. The voice of the book’s female central character is British English, but everyone is welcome to take part.

All you need to do is:

  1. Download the FREE preview (to your web browser or eBook device) of the Broke the Grape’s Joy from Amazon here.
  2. Read aloud from “I wondered, as I often did . . .” to “. . . like the chimes of the angelus that rang clearly over the empty valley to announce midday”, recording your voice using a PC, Mac or other digital recording device.
  3. When you’re happy with your recording, email the audio file to, along with the answer to this question: Where did the title Broke the Grape’s Joy come from?

The selected winner – whose voice will be used on the video – will be announced on the 1st of June and will receive their tasty prize by post along with a signed copy of the book!

If you have any questions or comments please post them here on the blog.

Good luck, find your voice, don’t be microphone shy and enjoy!



Win a copy of French Vineyards with Bradt Travel Guides

November 9, 2009

Bradt travel guides ...take the road less travelled

Bradt Travel guides are ‘calling all wine buffs’ to win a copy of the book.  The competition teaser shouldn’t be too much of a strain on the little grey cells…

Click here to enter the competition. Closing date 15th November.

Win a weekend in Champagne

October 23, 2009

Thanks to the folks at Waterstones and Eurostar, you can win a weekend at one of my favourite winery/bed & breakfasts – Le Vieux Cèdre – in the heart of the Côte des Blancs near Epernay.  Staying with Franco-British couple Didier and Imogen Pierson-Whitaker is a real treat.  She’s a great cook; he produces excellent Champagne (and sparkling wine from his vineyards in Hampshire, too).


The prize includes return tickets on the Eurostar – click here to enter the competition.