TOP 100 WINES OF THE YEAR SWEEPSTAKES OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY PERIOD: The “Top 100 Wines of the Year” Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on Monday, October 13, 2014 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on Monday, December 15, 2014 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).
ELIGIBILITY: The “Top 100 Wines of the Year” Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, including the District of Columbia, age 21 or older at the time of entry. Void outside the U.S., and wherever else prohibited by law. Employees of M. Shanken Communications, Inc., (the “Sponsor”) and its respective subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, and the immediate family members of, and/or those living in the same household of each, are not eligible to enter. Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
ENTRY: To enter, visit www.winespectator.com (the “Website”), complete the entry form in its entirety and submit (“Entry”). Entries must be received between Monday, October 13, 2014 at 12:00:01 AM ET and Monday, December 15, 2014 at 11:59:59 PM ET. Entrants are subject to all notices posted online including but not limited to privacy policies of the Sponsor located at http://www.winespectator.com/display/show/id/privacy-policy.
Limit: One (1) Entry per person per Sweepstakes Period regardless of whether entrant has more than one email address. All methods of entry have an equal chance of winning. All entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.
PRIZE/APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE (“ARV”)/ODDS:
Grand Prize: One (1) Grand Prize will be available to be won of an ATV tour and picnic lunch for four (4) at St. Supery winery in Napa, CA. Transportation to/from the St. Supery winery and any other expenses related to the acceptance or use of the prize, including, but not limited to, airfare, ground transportation, hotel accommodations, are the sole responsibility of the winner.
The ARV of Grand Prize is: $1,000.00
First Prize One (1) First Prize will be available to be won of a two (2) night stay for two (2) people at Sheraton Hotel and Resorts property within the 48 contiguous US.
First Prize will be awarded as 32,000 Starpoints® that can be use towards one (1) standard room based on double occupancy for a two (2) night stay at any Starwood Preferred Guest (“SPG”) participating Sheraton Hotel in the US or Canada. All travel must occur between December 15, 2014 and October 1, 2015. Hotel rooms are subject to availability and blackout dates may apply. Winner must be a member of SPG to receive and use Starpoints. SPG membership is free, and you can enroll by contacting [spg.com]((http:///www.spg.com). Starpoints will be deposited into winner’s SPG account within 15 business days after winner is confirmed. For full SPG program details, go to spg.com. All use and expiration of Starpoints is pursuant to the terms and conditions of the SPG Program. All expenses of travel, meals, and other costs not expressly stated in the package description above are the sole responsibility of winner. Restrictions, conditions and limitations may apply.
The ARV of First Prize is: $800.00
Second Prize; One (1) Second Prize will be available to be won of a two (2) tickets to one (1) of the following events: - The Grand Tour event on April 30, 2015 in Chicago, IL - The Grand Tour event on May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV - The Grand Tour event on May 8, 2015 in Dallas, TX
Winner must choose the one (1) event they would like to attend at the time of winner notification.
The ARV of Second Prize is: $450.00
Third Prize: One (1) Third Prize will be available to be won of an Illy iperEspresso machine and capsules.
The total ARV of all prizes to be awarded is $2,650.00.
Odds of winning will depend upon the total number of eligible entries received.
RANDOM DRAWING: The winner will be selected in a random drawing on or about Thursday, December 18, 2014 from among all eligible entries received, which will take place at the offices of US Sweepstakes & Fulfillment Company, an independent agent of the Sponsor whose decisions are final.
WINNER NOTIFICATION: Grand and First Prize winners will be confirmed via email and/or phone, and will be required to sign and return, within seven (7) days of notification, an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Waiver, a W-9 Form and where allowable, a Publicity Release (collectively, “the Releases”). The Releases will require the winner to furnish his/her Social Security Number for the sole purpose of tax reporting, as required by law. Noncompliance will result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be selected. The prize package will be awarded within approximately 45 days after the winner is verified.
Second and Third Prize winners will be notified by email and required to provide their mailing address within three (3) days via return email. Noncompliance will result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be selected. Prizes will be sent within 4-6 weeks of winner being verified.
If Affidavit/Release is returned as undeliverable or if the selected winner cannot accept or receive the prize for any reason, or he/she is not in compliance with these Official Rules, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner may be selected in a separate random drawing.
PRIZE CONDITIONS: If a prize notification or prize is returned as undeliverable, or if winner is found to be ineligible or not in compliance with these rules that winner will be disqualified, and the prize may be awarded to an alternate winner in a separate random drawing.
Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Prizes are non-assignable or transferable. No substitution is permitted except if prize is unavailable, in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded. No cash in lieu of prizes and no exchange or substitution of prizes, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Any other incidental expenses on prize not specified herein are the winner’s sole responsibility.
Winners are responsible for all federal, state, local and income taxes associated with winning prize. Except where prohibited by law, entry and acceptance of prize constitute permission to use winner’s name, prize won, hometown, likeness, video tape, photographs, and statements for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity (including online posting) in any and all media now or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission.
Prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by Sponsor. Winner acknowledges that the Official Sponsor and all other businesses affiliated with this Sweepstakes and their agents do not make, nor are in any manner responsible for any warranty, representations, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relative the quality, conditions, fitness or merchantability of any aspect of the prize being offered, except that each merchandise prize shall be subject to its manufacturer’s standard warranty (if any).
NOTICE TO ENTRANTS: In the event of a dispute over the identity of an entrant, entry will be deemed submitted by the “Authorized Account Holder” of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry. Authorized Account Holder means the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. Sponsor may ask any entrant or potential winner to provide Sponsor with proof that such party is the authorized account holder associated with the entry. Entry materials/data that have been tampered with or altered, or mass entries or entries generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices are void. The Sponsor and Facebook are not responsible for: (i) lost, late, misdirected, damaged or illegible entries; or (ii) error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site or any combination thereof; or (iii) any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in the Sweepstakes. By participating in the Sweepstakes, you (i) agree to be bound by these official rules, including all eligibility requirements, and (ii) agree to be bound by the decisions of Sponsor and the independent sweepstakes administrator, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Sweepstakes. Failure to comply with these official rules may result in disqualification from the Sweepstakes. Sponsor reserves the right to: (i) permanently disqualify from any Sweepstakes it sponsors any person it believes has intentionally violated these official rules; and (ii) withdraw the online method of entry if it becomes technically corrupted (including if a computer virus or system malfunction inalterably impairs its ability to conduct the Sweepstakes), and to select winners from among all eligible entries received prior to withdrawal.
LEGAL WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN INDIVIDUAL, WHETHER OR NOT AN ENTRANT, TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE, DESTROY, TAMPER OR VANDALIZE THIS WEB SITE OR INTERFERE WITH THE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES, IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND DILIGENTLY PURSUE ALL REMEDIES AGAINST ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
GENERAL: If for any reason this Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned due to an infection by a computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, the Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes, at which time, Sponsor will conduct a random drawing from among all eligible entries received at the time of the Sweepstakes termination. The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. The Sponsor is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or telephone lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or entry to be received by the Sponsor due to technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant’s or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participating in this Sweepstakes or downloading any materials in this Sweepstakes.
DISPUTES: Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Sweepstakes or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the state of New York. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrant’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the state of New York without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of New York or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the state of New York. The remedy for any claim shall be limited to actual damages, and in no event shall any party be entitled to recover punitive, exemplary, consequential, or incidental damages, including attorney’s fees or other such related costs of bringing a claim, or to rescind this agreement or seek injunctive or any other equitable relief.
THE PARTIES HEREBY WAIVE THEIR RIGHT TO JURY TRIAL WITH RESPECT TO ALL CLAIMS AND ISSUES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT WHETHER SOUNDING IN CONTRACT OR TORT, AND INCLUDING ANY CLAIM FOR FRAUDULENT INDUCEMENT THEREOF.
OFFICIAL RULES REQUEST: To request a copy of the Official Rules, see www.winespectator.com or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by December 18, 2014, to: The “Top 100 Wines of the Year” Sweepstakes Official Rules Request, PO Box 25466, Rochester, NY 14625-0466.
WINNER CONFIRMATION: For a written confirmation of the winner (available after December 18, 2014), send a stamped, self-addressed envelope (no later than January 18, 2015), to: The “Top 100 Wines of the Year” Sweepstakes Winner Confirmation Request, PO Box 25466, Rochester, NY 14666.
SPONSOR: M. Shanken Communications, Inc., 387 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016.
Void outside the US, in Puerto Rico, and wherever else prohibited.