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Wine Folly’s Sparkling 16 Tournament

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It’s the season of sparkling wine and there are a lot of choices – so what’s the tastiest option to crack open when the clock strikes 12?

Well, we’re going to let you decide and let’s have some fun doing it – Welcome to the Sparkling 16 Tournament!

Sparkling 16 Tournament Title Card

Wine Folly’s Sparkling 16 Tournament

Our resident Master of Wine Christine Marsiglio has set up the bracket of 16 Sparkling Wines, and each week we’ll be running a vote on Instagram for YOU to decide the winners. Christine will be going over the results and discussing the flavors and character of the different winners to help you determine which wines are worth a trip to your local wine shop.

We’ll be running a 24-hour vote on Tuesday and Wednesday for that week’s series of match-ups each week on Instagram. Winners will be announced the following Monday, and a new round will start the Tuesday after.

Sparkling 16 tournament bracket image

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How do I Play?

You can do that directly on the Instagram story if you only feel like voting on the wines. But if you’d like to get your hands on some sweet wine merch, there are two ways you can have fun and win big!

  1. Download the bracket for each week – Here’s Week 1 – and fill in your prediction for the wine that will be victorious in its bracket.
  2. Just write all over the image, GO NUTS!
  3. Then put your image on Instagram using the hashtag #sparkling16. Each week we’ll pick 3 and if yours gets picked, you just won a Tasting Journal!

The generous folks at Coravin have partnered up with Wine Folly to juice up our grand prize with one of their Coravin Sparkling wine preservation systems. Keep your bubbles in the bottle for days! And we’ve thrown in some great stuff ourselves to give you everything you need to kick-start your wine learning for 2022.

  1. Head over to the giveaway page.
  2. There is only one of these awesome systems, but if you use our form to pick the ultimate winner, you’ll be entered into the giveaway for another chance to win!
  3. Jump onto our Instagram each week and vote for your favorite sparkling wine!

Sparkling 16 Giveaway Layout

The giveaway package is over $600 in value and includes:

  • Wine Folly Master Guide Collector’s Edition
  • Wine 101 Digital Course
  • Coravin Sparkling wine preservation system
  • Wine Styles Tasting Course
  • $50 Wine Folly Gift Card
  • Digital Map Set

Head to our Giveaway page!

Weekly Results

It all comes to a close with a one-on-one, drop dead, drag-out scrap between the two most voted for wines, with the winner being announced Monday, December 20. The Coravin winner will be announced the following Tuesday.

Stay tuned to this page and our Instagram for weekly results and links to our expert analysis of the winners.

Week 1:

Sparkling 16 Tournament - 1 Round Results

A few upsets and a few expected winners has made for an interesting week 1 of the Sparkling 16 Tournament. Stay tuned into our Instagram and the site to see whether Lambrusco, the tasty underdog, can do battle with the biggest name in the sparkling game – Champagne. Week 2 is shaping up to be a saucy showdown.

Week 2: TBD

Week 3: TBD

Finals: TBD

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AboutPhil Keeling

I throw words at the walls of Wine Folly’s channels until something sticks, like a fistful of verbal spaghetti. I also write plays, jokes, and the occasional diatribe.