Reindeer Games: Wine Enthusiast's Blitzen Contest

Write a caption for this merry sleigh-puller and win a wine refrigerator.

Perhaps he's a little bitter about Rudolph getting all the fame. Perhaps he's stressing about December 24th, the North Pole's biggest night of the year. Or maybe he's just looking for some holiday fun. Whatever the reason Santa's fourth reindeer, Blitzen, at least as he appears on Wine Enthusiast's Blitzen on his Back bottle stopper, has hit the bottle a bit too hard. As the name suggests, the stopper features the deer in a rather compromising position, lying on his back, eyes closed while clutching a wine bottle (brand unknown) and glass.

This holiday season, fans of this most infamous reindeer, can try their hand at caption writing for the chance to win some wine goodies. Participants submit captions for the Blitzen on his Back stopper, as featured in the pictured advertisement; the grand prize winner will receive a 16-bottle Wine Enthusiast silent wine refrigerator while five first place winners will get $50 Wine Enthusiast gift certificates.

A top seller in 2007, the Blitzen on his Back stopper spawned two additional tops—both of which already have captions in the ad—for 2008: Blitzen with Lampshade ("I found my hat, now where's my coat?") and Blitzen with Lamppost ("I'm singin' in the rein!"). Blitzen with Lampshade lives it up, dancing with a lampshade on his horns and a rose in his mouth. Blitzen with Lamppost, meanwhile, appears a bit unsteady, leaning against a lamppost and holding the bottle against his forehead. If the set is perceived as representing three successive stages in one alcohol-filled night of merrymaking, Blitzen on his Back—the stopper in need of a caption—is clearly Blitzen at the evening's finale.

The contest runs until December 19th; winners will be announced December 23rd. To submit a caption and for more contest details, visit


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