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Win Tickets to Whiskies of the World Expo San Francisco


If you like whiskey, Whiskies of the World Expo, an annual tasting event in San Francisco, is an essential night you’d be insane to miss out on. Hundreds of spirits will be on hand to sample, plus educational seminars, delicious foodstuffs, and a generally awesome night to be had by all.

This year the event will be held on March 27, 2010 at the glamorous Hotel Nikko, and Drinkhacker wants to get you there!

We’ve got 3 pairs of VIP tickets (retail value: $240 per pair) to give away to our loyal readers. All you have to do to win them is tell us that you want to go! Drop a line to [email protected] and provide the following information: Your name, complete mailing address, and email contact information. You must be a U.S. resident and 21 years old to win.

We’ll pick three winners at random (two tickets per winner) on March 1, 2010. Winners will be notified by email, and tickets will be mailed to you shortly thereafter. Please don’t enter if you aren’t certain you can be in San Francisco on March 27th. Travel and lodging are not included in the giveaway!

Good luck, and I hope to see you there!

The fine print: Contests and giveaways are open only to readers age 21 and up with a U.S. mailing address. One prize per person per giveaway. We reserve the right to cancel any giveaway at our sole discretion. We are not responsible for lost, misdirected, or late entries. Not open to employees/contributors or immediate family members of Drinkhacker employees/contributors, its affiliates, or advertising/promotion agencies and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agents. This offer is void wherever prohibited or restricted by national, state, or any governmental laws. We are not responsible for late, lost, or damaged prize packages. We do not use your mailing address for any other purpose than sending prizes; addresses are not kept on file. One entry per contestant — your entry is good for the length of each giveaway. Duplicate entries will disqualify the entrant.

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  1. Kenneth D. Harris Sr. February 6, 2010

    Yes, I want to attend. It would be a great experience for a novice like me.

  2. Kenneth D. Harris Sr. February 6, 2010

    Yes, I want to attend.

  3. Kenneth D. Harris February 6, 2010

    Yes, I want to attend.

  4. AMS3149 March 31, 2010

    This was the worst event I have ever attended. The Whiskeys of the World Expo (WoW Expo) was sold to a husband/wife team this year that absolutely destroyed it. For the last 10 years Riannon Walsh of CelticMalts.com was the curator of this event and had done a relatively decent job. I have attended the last 5 years and always enjoyed the event. I WILL NEVER BE BACK! The new owners of this event, Douglas and Lana Smith, outright lied and cheated the attendees. They said there would be “hundreds” of whiskies to sample. The VERY SMALL “ballroom” that contained the event could hardly fit 40 vendors. Nearly half of which were promoting non-whiskey items such as chocolate, specialty water, tequila, gin, restaurants, or other things that had nothing to do with “WHISKEY” Who goes to “Whiskeys of the World” to try flavored vodka? I didn’t buy a ticket for “Spirits of the World” Not to mention their “sample” pour list contained many high-end names who were most definitely not there. They made sure to add such distilleries to the list to make people think they were going to be there and then added a disclaimer stating: “Partial Pour List as of 3/01/2010. Subject to change and additions.” Apparently with less than a month before the event ALL the high-end distillers backed out at the last minute. They also stated that there would be live music, and in years past there always was. They completely cheaped out and lost the band altogether, not to mention they would have nowhere to put them in the tiny sardine “ballroom” they crammed us all in. Then even more disappointing was the food. Or should I say lack there of. When we purchased tickets for well over $100 (tickets $110-$150) we were told there would be a “Full Gourmet Dinner Buffet” served all night. Gourmet??? Dinner???? There were a few small tables with some cold appetizers to put it politely. Cold boiled ham was the meat. Not a carved or spiral ham, this was cold, processed, boiled cheap lunchmeat. Raw broccoli to dip in hummus, spanikopita, olive tapinade, rolls, and a pasta salad. That’s, no joke. Oh, and for dessert, some cold cut fruit. I’m sorry, but that’s definitely NOT gourmet or even dinner. That spread was even sad for an appetizer bar. They said there would be a cigar booth, there was not. There would be food pairings, there was not. They were supposed to give us a map and list of the vendors upon arrival, none (and why would you need one? You could walk the whole room and taste everything in less than an hour). The day before the event all ticket holders were sent an email stating that VIP ticket holders would be let in at 5:00 pm and general ticket holders at 6:00 pm. They said everyone should arrive 30 minutes prior to get checked-in and go through the vendor list for the evening. The check-in system was such a mess that most VIP ticket holders didn’t get into the event until 10 minutes before general admission. Most general admission ticket holders stood in line for anywhere from 30-60 minutes waiting to get in. Overall this event was just a complete rip-off. I will never attend this event ever again, nor would I would I ever recommend it to anyone. In fact, I would strongly advise you to stay far away. Even if the event were free I wouldn’t go, that’s just how bad it was.

  5. Douglas April 4, 2010

    AMS3149 obviously has his own agenda. While we did have some issues at the show, he making outright lies.

    It was my first show to produce and it had several improvements over last year. We did fall short with the check in procedure and we sold tickets according to what had attended last time the Expo was at the Nikko. What I didn’t know was that it was over crowded then also. We kept pricing of tickers the same, but hotel cost had greatly increased. The food was not as bad as AMS3149 made it out to be. It was 4 start Hotel Nikko. Nothing they serve will be cheep as he suggests.

    Our pour list was slightly larger than on our advertised pour list. No one pulled out. We actually had some last minute additions. We focus on whiskies. Some attendees do not like seeing non-whisky spirits. However, we have a greater number of people who appreciate the other spirits than don’t. That these spirits keep coming back to the show is a good indication of their acceptance.

    Cigars were handed out at the Occidental Cigar Bar booth.

    Their was a live Jazz Trio in the dining area. We also had the Bushmills pipe band give a few performances in the main tasting hall.

  6. Rao Singh February 11, 2011

    Will love to attend!!


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