According to Beaujolais empresario Georges Duboeuf, "A great wine is a work of art..." And just like great works of art deserve worthy frames, so great wines should be similarly stylishly showcased. Les Vins Georges Duboeuf - the #1 wine brand in the U.S. - has partnered up with Marie Claire magazine and Women & Wine to launch Is Fashion Your Bag?, a national design competition for a new wine tote. As long as you're in the (continental) U.S., are over 21, and are not a professional designer of bags, accessories, or fashion - you can enter. The judging criteria: 50% based on how well you represent the Georges Duboeuf brand; 30% on how original and creative your design is; 10% how you use color; and 10% overall appeal. The lucky winner will enjoy a three-night stay for four people at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel with a $2000 shopping spree. So get your creative juices flowing (cracking open a bottle or two of aforementioned Beaujolais probably wouldn't hurt) and download the template & required assets; and be sure to get your entry in - it's free! - by December 1, 2009 at DuboeufDesign.com. Winners will be announced in late January 2010.
- Lesley Scott