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Sommeliers Face Off

At one contest, it pays to be a wino.

At one contest, it pays to be a wino.

Monday, July 26, 2010 0:43 GMT

PHILADELPHIA (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Sommeliers in Philly are facing off in a battle of the bottle.

On August 25, the Wine School in Philadelphia will be the scene of an intense gastronomic melee with the “Sommelier Smackdown,” a battle royale of wining and dining.

The event will take two of the city’s top wine pros and pit them head-to-head to concoct the best wine and food pairings.

Onlookers will be able to taste their entries and finally help decide who is the top sommelier in town.

Spokesperson Keith Wallace says the Smackdown is truly an all- out fight where “wit and skill” play major roles in winning.

It helps to know about the finest wines in the world as well as the delicious delights that enhance the booze’s flavor.

He believes contestant Paul Rodriguez – a local wine expert for a major restaurant group – will be a “formidable competitor” and will undoubtedly bring the big guns from the bottle.

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