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WINE EDUCATION: Blind Tasting 411

FOOD & WINE: Summer Entertaining

RECIPE: Grilled Ribeye with Red Wine

PERSONALITY: Chris Pisani

July 24, 2009 WineBuzz

WINE EDUCATION

Blind Tasting 411

Come on, admit it: you're dying to know. Just how do professional sommeliers identify the seemingly endless varieties of wine out there with just a quick sniff and a little taste? Allow me to enlighten you: it's not brain surgery.

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FOOD & WINE

Summer Entertaining

Warm weather means days at the beach or the lake, dining al fresco and backyard barbecues. To help make the most of your next get-together here are some tips, simple and delicious recipes and wine pairing ideas. Whether you're a guest or planning the whole shindig we've got you covered. Find a few standbys and you're set for the season!

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RECIPE

Grilled Ribeye with Red Wine

Summer's here and the time is right... for a barbecue! Invite your friends over, uncork a bottle of Merryvale Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and get the coals hot. This great grilled rib-eye dish is sure to be a crowd pleaser and pairs impeccably with Merryvale's Cab.

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WINE COUNTRY PERSONALITY

Chris Pisani - ZD Wines

What do you get when you mix Brooklyn attitude with Napa style? The answer is some great tasting wine. Chris Pisani, Winemaker for ZD Wines, is a rare combination of east coast street smart and California cool. Growing up in a big Italian family, Chris learned to appreciate the very things that make Napa so memorable: great food, wine and company.

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FROM OUR SPONSORS:

"Summer of '69" Event

Sterling Vineyards celebrates the "Summer of '69," August 22, 6:30 to 10 p.m. - Here's a rare chance to visit Sterling Vineyards at night: Take in breathtaking views of Napa Valley while watching the sunset and stars, enjoy food-and-wine stations throughout the winery, and listen to live Summer of '69 music to commemorate our 40th anniversary of superb winemaking. Tickets are $69 in advance or $79 at the door.

Wine Country Events Calendar

See what's happening in local wine regions around the country. There are a ton of events to go to including wine & food festivals, winemaker dinners, tasting events at wineries, music concerts, and much more!

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