Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Trade Secrets: Tips on dining in and dining out

Compiled by Chuck Martin

Sips: wine

When I fled the city heat for Murphin Ridge Inn in Adams County recently, I took along a bottle of Bishop's Peak chardonnay. Medium-bodied, it's ideal for summer - and a good value at $13.99. This 2001 California chard is made by Talley Vineyards from grapes grown in the Edna Valley of San Luis Obispo County. Aromas of pineapple and tangerine are mirrored in the taste, with a bit of lemon on the finish. Winemaker Steve Rasmussen ages this dry white wine in new French barrels. It's crisp and clean.

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Grill tip

Make your own fish grilling basket with two small oven racks. Oil both sides of fish fillet and place it on one oven rack. Place other oven rack on top of fish and fasten racks together with wire or twist ties. Once on the grill, flip your fish basket using a spatula in one hand and oven mitt on the other.

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Hot date

Celebrate National Mustard Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine with kids' mustard painting, grilling demonstrations and a sampling of mustards (right) made by Gene Goldschmidt. More information:

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