It's cookout season. You've got the grill fired up, hordes of friends en route, a cooler full of cold ones, and a couple jugs of Carlo Rossi for the ladies. All set, right? Well, maybe not. As we grow up, we start to develop more refined tastes. Just like a secret sauce for the ribs or special ingredients for that perfect burger, your beverage game needs to step it up. We're not suggesting that you drop a weeks pay on a case of curated vino, but in an age that seems like everyone is a foodie, making that little extra effort can go a long way.
To help make things a little less intimidating, we spoke with rock n' roller, wild-maned man about town, and Food & Wine magazine's 2009 Winemaker of the Year Charles Smith for some recommendations that will make you look good without draining the bank account.
Interviewed by James Joiner
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