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Rao’s debuts Signature Wines at Whole Foods Market this Friday and Saturday

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TS Rao Group WineLegendary Italian eatery Rao’s will be unveiling its three signature wines this Friday and Saturday at select Whole Foods Market (WFM) locations. You will not only have the chance to sample their wines and famed dishes, but also meet Rao’s New York celebrity owner Frank Pellegrino Sr., managing partner at Rao’s Caesars Palace, Frank Pellegrino Jr., Executive Chef at Rao’s Caesars Palace Carla Pellegrino and Rao’s winemakers Robert and Susan Summer of The Vineyard at Strawberry Ridge.

You will have the opportunity to chat up the Pellegrinos while sampling wine from their just released signature label which includes: Napa Valley Chardonnay (2007), Napa Valley Merlot (2006) and California Cabernet Sauvignon (2006). Along with the winemakers, Rao’s Sommelier Krista Rediske will also be on hand to answer questions, discuss tasting notes and suggest food pairings for these wines.

The Chardonnay offers a light, fresh and fruity bouquet of green apples and pears, and pairs well with dishes featuring cream-based sauces. Rao’s Merlot has dominate notes of dark chocolate and cherry, and pairs well with spicier dishes. Winemaker Robert Summer offered that “no one will know this is a California Merlot, it’s so French.”

Summer explained that both the Chardonnay and Merlot grapes “are sourced from top Napa Valley vineyards, and brought to Connecticut to be matured in specially selected French oak barrels.”

Rao’s 2006 California Cabernet Sauvignon is well balanced with notes of tobacco, black currant and mint. The wine offers a nice balance to the boldness of dishes like Veal Parmigiano and Steak Pizzaiola. “The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are sourced from California old vines grown at a select location near Sacramento,” explained Summer.

Those attending the WFM debut will not only be able to sample delicious food prepared by Rao’s Executive Chef Carla Pellegrino but also learn a few of her kitchen secrets. Six customers will also walk away with an autographed copy of a Rao’s family cookbook (winners must be present to claim prize).

On June 19th the WFM at Town Square will be hosting the Rao’s crew from 6 to 9 p.m. and on June 20th they will be appearing the WFM in Green Valley at The District location from 2 to 5 p.m. Rao’s signature wines can now be purchased at both the Green Valley and Town Square Whole Foods Market locations.

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