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I’d Rather Be Drinking Wine…in Napa…Contest

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This summer, Southwest Airlines began offering new wine options to pair with our honey-roasted peanuts! We recently began pouring Costal Ridge Chardonnay and Coastal Ridge Merlot produced and bottled by the Bronco Wine Company, one of the largest in California.  I’m no wine snob, but check out winemaker’s notes on the new wine selections! They’ll make your mouth water!


COASTAL RIDGE MERLOT: "A tasty blend of plum and berry flavors greets the palate with nice herbal aromas and vanilla notes that finishes softly pleasantly dry."
COASTAL RIDGE CHARDONNAY: "A nice, rich and fruit forward wine with flavors of apple, pineapple, butter, and vanilla that finishes long and pleasantly smooth."


To get the word out about our new onboard wine selections, we’re asking YOU to tell us a reason why “You’d Rather Be Drinking Wine than Working.”

Submit your entry to @SouthwestAir via Twitter using the #wineswa hash tag, on our Facebook page, or here in the comments section of this blog. If your reason is funny enough to make the final Top 5, you can win a free two-night stay at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel and Spa and wine tasting experience in Napa Valley, CA. Southwest Airlines will have a panel of highly-qualified comedians and wannabe sommeliers select the Top 5. You know you’d rather be drinking wine than sitting at your desk, so let us know why!


And the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa (@napamarriott on twitter) is offering all Southwest Air blog readers a sweet deal!  Click here for a special “Nuts About Southwest” offer - $99 Sunday -Thursday or $199 Friday-Saturday.  The offer is available to book through Sunday, October 11th for hotel stays through May 31, 2010 and is based on availability.  


UPDATE: to hear the winners, listen to our podcast.

CONTEST RULES

“I’d Rather Be Drinking Wine”

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

1.   How to Enter the Contest

a.    Southwest Airlines “I’d Rather Be Drinking Wine” (“Contest”) will begin on or around 11 a.m. CT on Monday, October 5, 2009 and will end on or around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, 2009.

b.    Southwest Airlines is not responsible for lost, stolen, mangled, mis-delivered, postage due, illegible, incomplete or late entries, telephone service outages, delays, busy signals, equipment malfunctions and any other technological difficulties that may prevent an individual from completing his/her telephone call.]

c.    To participate in the Contest, you may enter via the following method:

Sumbit a reason why you’d rather be drinking wine than working via Southwest Airlines Twitter account @SouthwestAir using the hashtag “#wineswa.”  All entries submitted become the sole property of Southwest Airlines and will not be acknowledged or returned.  Use of any device to automate entry is prohibited.  Proof of submission of an entry shall not be deemed proof of receipt by Southwest.  Southwest Airlines computer is the official time keeping device for the contest.  Southwest is not responsible for entries not received due to difficulty accessing the internet, service outage or delays, computer difficulties or other technological glitches.  

d.    One internet entry per person and one internet entry per email address is permitted.


2.   Eligibility Restrictions

a.    The contest is open to all persons who are 21 years of age or older. Employees of Southwest Airlines and the members of their immediate families and or households are ineligible to participate or win.   

b.    Only one winner per household is permitted in any Contest administered by Southwest.

c.    Entrants are required to provide truthful information and Southwest will reject and delete any entry that it discovers to be false or fraudulent.  Southwest Airlines will disqualify any entry from individuals who do not meet the eligibility requirements, and Southwest Airlines will also delete any entry received from persons under the age of 13 in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.]

3.   Prizes:

a.   Five (5) First Prizes: Each winner will receive a trip for two (2) (winner and guest, age 21 or older) to Napa Valley, CA for a two-night stay and wine tasting experience at the Napa Valley Marriott.  Trip includes round trip airfare, 2-night standard double occupancy and hotel accommodations (one room).  (Approximate Retail Value ("ARV"): $1,000) but will vary depending on travel origination and fares in effect at the time of departure.  Certain travel restrictions may apply.  Travel arrangements must be made through Administrator’s agent on a carrier of Administrator’s choice.  No prize substitutions, cash equivalent, or transfer of prizes permitted except at the sole discretion of the Contest Entities. Prize subject to availability and the Contest Entities reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to award a prize of greater or equal value if the advertised prize is unavailable.  If winner cannot travel on dates specified by Contest Entities, winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner selected.  All other costs not specifically stated herein, including, but not limited to, taxes, meals, tips and ground transportation, are the responsibility of the winner.  Taxes are solely the responsibility of the winner.  Winner and travel companion must travel on the same itinerary and are responsible for obtaining all required travel documents.  In addition, travel companion of Winner must be 21 years of age or older.  Winner may be required to present a valid credit card upon hotel check in to cover any incidental expenses incurred during their stay.  Winner and travel companion are responsible for obtaining travel insurance (and all other forms of insurance) where applicable, at their option, and hereby acknowledge that the Contest Entities have not and will not obtain or provide travel insurance or any other form of insurance.  Winner and travel companion must sign a Publicity, Liability Waiver and Travel Release form prior to traveling. If a selected event is unable to take place as scheduled, for reasons such as cancellation, preemption, postponement or unavailability, or for any reason beyond the control of the Contest Entities, the Contest Entities’ sole responsibility to a Winner will be to award the remaining available portion of the prize and no substitution will be provided for unawarded portion of prize. Tickets are subject to terms and conditions as specified by issuer.  Seat locations to be determined by Contest Entities.  Contest Entities reserve the right to remove or to deny entry to winner and/or guest if he/she engages in a disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person at the reception.


b.    In the event that a prize or prize certificate is mailed to the winner, it will be with the prior written consent of the winner and therefore, winner assumes the risk of its loss.  Southwest Airlines is not responsible for the safe arrival of a prize or prize certificate.

4.   Selection of Winners

Decisions of Contest Entities management with respect to the Contest are final.

a.    The top 5 reasons why you’d rather be drinking wine than working. Southwest Airlines panel of judges from the Communications department will select the funniest reasons.

b.    The odds of winning are dependant on the total number of entries received.  

c.    Winner need not listen or be present to win

d.    Winners must execute and return any required affidavit of eligibility and/or liability/publicity release within one (1) day of notification attempt or prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner may be chosen at random. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the required affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within the required time period, or if a prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize.

5.   Conditions

a.    Payments of all federal, state and local taxes are solely the responsibility of the winners.  Winners may be required to sign an IRS Form W-9 or the equivalent.

b.    By participating in the contest, the winner or winners agree to have their name, voice, or likeness used in any advertising or broadcasting material relating to this contest without additional financial or other compensation, and, where legal, to sign a publicity release confirming such consent prior to acceptance of the prize.

c.    Prior to awarding any prize or prize certificate, Southwest Airlines in its sole discretion may require contest winners (and their travel companions, if any) to sign a liability release, agreeing to hold Southwest Airlines, CBS Radio, Southwest Airlines, its corporate licensee, and each of their parent, subsidiary and affiliated corporations, and the officers, shareholders, directors, employees, agents and representatives of each of them harmless against any and all claims or liability arising directly or indirectly from the prize or participation in the Contest.

d.    Southwest Airlines, in is sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of Southwest Airlines website or is otherwise in violation of the rules.  It further reserves the right to cancel, terminate or modify the contest if it is not capable of completion as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical failures of any sort.

e.    The Contest Entities reserve the right to make changes in the rules of the Contest, including the substitution of a prize or equivalent value, which will become effective upon announcement.  If due to circumstances beyond the control of Southwest Airlines, any competition or prize-related event is delayed, rescheduled, postponed or cancelled, Southwest Airlines reserves the right, but not the obligation, to cancel or modify the contest and shall not be required to award a substitute prize.

f.     Failure to comply with the Contest rules may result in a contestant’s disqualification solely at the discretion of the Contest Entities.

g.    The Contest Entities are not responsible for typographical or other errors in the printing, the offering or the administration of the Contest, or in the announcement of a prize.

h.    Copies of the written Contest rules and a list of winners (when complete) are available during regular business hours at Southwest Airlines Emerging Media 2502 Love Field Dr. Dallas, TX 75235

167 Comments
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If I was drinking wine instead of sitting at my desk I would not have to listen to the whine coming from the desk next to me!
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Cause you get so much more juicer gossip around a whine bottle than that water cooler!!!!!!!!!
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I'd rather be drinking wine on a Southwest plane than driving my regular one-hour commute to and from work, about which I "whine" often.
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I'd rather be drinking wine than working because at least then my headache would be a result from an enjoyable time.
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I'd rather be drinking the Wine than hearing the wine! That's a much better place to be.
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Managing my office staff requires me to listening to whining all day! So as a result of my patience and kindness to my colleagues, I deserving to drink the "wine" rather than listen to the whine!
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The filter on my mouth, or lack there of, is more socially acceptable while drinking wine than while sitting at my desk so I would much rather be drinking wine!
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I’d rather be drinking wine So I don’t catch the swine Because a glass a day Keeps the doctor away Southwest is the best! Please send me to Napa!!! 🙂
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My wife and I could really use the wine trip with me having just closed a once-thriving 20 year-old ad agency and she having been caught in a corporate downsizing. Who else could use a good cry in their beer. . er. . wine than us? Plus we'll need to save the Southwest peanuts in-flight for our future meals.
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If there's a Peanut Noir to compliment those tasty Southwest honey roasted treats, than of course I'd rather be drinking wine en route to Napa than working!
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I'd rather be drinking wine because... I'm a 2nd grade teacher in a windowless room all day with 17 little Swine-flu manufacturers; a grandmother of 8 grandchildren, including 5 month old twins; and the wife of a man who recently got caught in a layoff from his job of 25 years. Do I "wanna get away"? I've given up on Calgon...so Southwest, "take me away'!!!
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Napa wines are much tastier than college cafeteria food!
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Why I'd rather be drinking wine than working.......... When you're drinking wine, you lose all sense of time. But, when you're working, you want something to toss the cork-in!
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One thing I do know about the new wine...I am hoping it that it will make the crews singing a jokes much more bearable! OOOUUUCCCCHHH!
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Today I propose a new thesis paper: The correlation between onboard wine options and the friendliest passengers in the sky. First research observation: my pleasant personality as I fly to Napa to drink wine instead of writing graduate school papers.
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I think me and my husband deserve the trip to Napa to taste wine as he works in a factory and does not make much money and we were just married on August 26 and have not had a honeymoon as we do not have money and also have 2 baby girls who are 2 and 3 months i think we deserve a honeymoon away from our kids for 2 nights to drink some wine and enjoy ourselves as he works so hard and we have little money and he takes cares of his family just like every good father does
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I'd rather be drinking wine than working because: at work, there's only so much you can do to control bad breath coming your way. At least with a glass of wine, the person looks better.
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i dont drink wine but i would like to go to Napa!! Southwest Rocks
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i would much rather be drinking wine that working because my hands are stuck in a squeeze position after gluing so much glitter for my daughter's school festival. right now my hands are in the perfect position for holding a wine glass with ease.
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Because if I'm drinking it, I'm not doing it!
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Due to heavy wine fog, all future thoughts of work are temporarily suspended....
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I'd rather be drinking wine than working, cause I'd rather have my feet up, and my mind far away from my case of the Mondays on any day of the week!
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Recipe for the perfect getaway: 5 Days Off Work 4 Bottles Napa wine 3 Fun Companions 2 Bags - no charge 1 GREAT Airline Combine all ingredients and enjoy. Serves anyone who deserves to drink wine instead of work!
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I'd love to say Coastal Ridge Merlot/Is the way 2 go/ As I'm whisked off on a SWAjet/Not working just to relieve debt @crussell6481
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I'd rather be drinking wine than working because...I can't get a WiFi connection at my local winery when I'm working from my "home office". Shhh, don't tell anyone.
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I can come up with better things to xerox after a few glasses of wine!
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I would rather be doing anything then working. So, I might as well have Southwest Airlines spring for the trip/
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As I look at this contest, Sittin' at my front desk, The wine vs. whine take giving me a headache. Right now, I need the red for my head, and the white to make it right. So please send me to Napa... Otherwise I might become a rappa =O
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I'd rather be drinking wine because... I teach college Accounting and have to grade midterms. If I were drinking wine, my students' grades just may go up!
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Well, I'd love to drink wine on a Southwest flight to Napa because I haven't even had a job in more than a year and I get really, really cranky when everyone on my FB page complains about going to work. So, as I fly to Napa, I'd love to raise my glass and make a toast to all of those people who think working is such a drag and basically, I might as well be drinking wine in Napa because working - so far - is not an option! LOL
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As I work at ground level earning no Rapid Rewards and withering on the vine; I dream I'm on SWA flying 7 miles high tasting fresh Napa Valley Wines.
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Sitting at a desk for eight hours a day How I’d prefer to be sipping a Chardonnay Or perhaps a Merlot while flying out to Cali Oh please let me win that trip to Napa Valley
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Life is more than work.
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Wow! Great job, everyone...really creative entries! We hope to see you all in Napa!
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.... because my job drives me to drink! I enjoy my job, but I do drink a little.
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Wine whispers in my ear: "Updating your blog counts as 'work'!"
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Can I send my mom and Aunt instead? They've been busting their home-improvement butts on the house I just bought this past year. Taking in some Napa Valley wine, food and views is a MUCH needed reward for all the work they've put in for me this year!
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I'd rather be drinking wine than working ... Leaving Merlot rings on my work papers would give me away!
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I’d rather drink wine any day… Work has got me down in a bad way And this wine girl is ready to play! I quite enjoy the vino, be it red or white I especially like it on a fun SW flight I’d even buy other passengers several glasses And pay using my stored up SW free drink passes While sitting in the popular isle seat, I’d enjoy wine and peanuts, my favorite treat I’d sit back and relax, thinking of the trip ahead Trying to decide…do I want white or red??? It makes no difference, I’m no wine snob When you need a buzz, either will do the job “Chardonnay, yes flight attendant, I’ll take a glass” “Put it in that plastic cup…it gives it such class” “Next I’ll have a lovely glass of your best merlot” “Do your drink selections include a good Bordeaux?” Just don’t bring me any of that pink wine-like-brew, White zinfandel is a sissy’s wine and just won’t do! I MIGHT drink it, but ONLY if I win this contest, Heck I’d do thing for my fav airline…Southwest!!! Lori D
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I'd rather be drinking wine in Napa while basking in the sun than drinking a cold venti mocha while sitting at this god-forsaken computer updating my twitter status so it appears that I am working.
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If I was drinking wine in Napa, it would help me to forget about all the wine I drank last night and how I woke up in the yard with no pants on this morning.
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Relaxing and enjoying good wine is fun. Work is not relaxing, enjoyable, or fun!
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I'd rather be Drinking Wine in Napa, Because working for Fedex shipping company, you can't drink and fly or drink and fly! ( hiccup, hiccup!), I mean, Drink and Drive the Fedex truck or Fly the Plane. LOL
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@SouthwestAir#wineswa Don`t drink and work! "Wine" a bit, you'll feel better! Napa is a great wine escape from work!
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Don`t drink and work! "Wine" a bit, you'll feel better! Napa is a great wine escape from work!
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My husband and I could really use a trip to Napa. We enjoy a good glass of wine to relax. Our first child was born stillborn on July 19th and we could really use a get away to help us regroup and decide where we go from here.
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Because I've never needed a good day at work to escape from a bad glass of wine..
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Notwithstan-DING, job is deman-DING, sometimes unrewar-DING, head’s explo-DING, need some unwin-DING…so would rather be drinking some wine!
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Napa Wine is Devine Work is stress with pour design Take a taste and you will see Southwest is the place to be!
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I'd rather be drinking the new wines on Southwest instead or working away in my cubicle because in my opinion, bottles are much classier than boxes.