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“Toast of the Town” VIP Tickets Giveaway

How would you like to taste 500 premium wines and spirits, and nosh on gourmet creations from more than 30 top Bay Area restaurants — all in one spot?

And uh-hem, how’d you like to do all that for FREE?

Two lucky folks can.

Food Gal is thrilled to be giving away one pair of VIP tickets to “Toast of the Town,” a wine and food extravaganza at the stunning War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, a short hop from the Phoenix Hotel-Civic Center.

The April 22 event, presented by Wine Enthusiast magazine and the Wall Street Journal, benefits the San Francisco Food Bank.

Participating restaurants include Farallon Restaurant in San Francisco, Le Mar Cebicheria Peruana in San Francisco, and Mustards Grill in Napa. Participating wineries include Archery Summit, Champagne Louis Roederer, Rubicon Estate and Domain Drouhin.

Tickets are $89 (or $79 if purchased by April 1).  VIP tickets are $169 (or $149 if purchased by April 1).

With the VIP tickets, you get in at 5 p.m. — two hours earlier than regular ticket holders — to beat the crowds to all that tasty food and wine.

So how do you score the free pair of VIP tickets?

With Wine Enthusiast a main sponsor, I thought it only appropriate to ask you to answer this question: “What gets you most enthusiastic about wine?”

The best answer will win the tickets. Obviously, the contest is open only to those who know they will be in San Francisco on April 22 for the event.

Deadline to enter: End of the day, April 3. Winner will be announced on April 5.

To get you started, here’s my own answer to the question: What gets me most enthusiastic about wine? The fact that it’s always a mouthful of surprises. Every wine, even if it’s the same grape or the same vintage, is so different. The nuances are forever revealing themselves. Cocktails may be fun and showy. But wine is classic. To me, there’s no better way to relax with good friends and family than to share an interesting bottle of wine.

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