Passionate About Wine? Film It for $

Passionate About Wine? Film It for $

What? Yet another way for you to put many a "Benjamin" in your billfold, you ask? Yep, never forget who's looking out for ya, kid. Aside from us, Wes Zane is: He's the savvy restaurateur who has launched a world-wide contest in search of the person who can—in under 30 seconds—best explain what it is about fermented grapes that drives them to the drink. In a good way. A way that will earn your $5,000. Cash.

Here's the scoop: Zane is eager to spur wine sales across the globe (and quite possibly at his Formaggio restaurants on O`ahu) by inciting enophiles to explore the reasons they love wine. Whether it's the camaraderie of arriving at a BBQ with a bold bottle of Barolo, the romance of popping that coveted bubbly on a special anniversary, an affinity for the health benefits of a daily glass of red, or the sheer mystique of the process—what really excites you? Script it, shoot it, and upload your 60 second tirade in the name of the nectar to YouTube, link it to www.FormaggioWineMinute.com, and sit back.

Watch as the world views your video. Count the number of hits. Perhaps purchase a new bottle every time someone views your film. Perhaps take a sip with every view. Whatever puts a smile on your face.

The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2009; between October 2nd and 24th, Zane will select the best videos weekly and spotlight them on the Formaggio web site. The videos with the most votes at the end of each week will be entered in to the final showdown. The week of October 25th, visitors can vote on the best of the best. On Tuesday, November 3rd, the winning video will be announced, and the cash prize delivered.

Two things that may (or may not, he's not telling) help your chances: 1. Mentioning Formaggio Grill or Formaggio Wine Bar in your video, and/or 2. Donations to Zane's charity of choice, Share our Strength, a non-profit that fights against hunger in the youth of America. Upon uploading your video to the Formaggio site, a PayPal prompt will link you to the donation page. The recommendation is $1 per video—more is certainly accepted.

For more information, rules and so forth, head to www.FormaggioWineMinute.com.

Script it, shoot it, and upload your 60 second tirade in the name of the nectar to YouTube, link it to www.FormaggioWineMinute.com, and sit back.