St. Francis Winery has teamed up with renowned chef Elizabeth Karmel to bring you a unique guide to grilling that approaches great 'cue from a woman's perspective. Not only are there some great recipes in this free download, there are also a whole bunch of pointers featuring the kind of information that can turn a casual 'cuer into a pit master in no time!

Since summer is here, I thought this would be a great time to share these tips, but I admit I have an alterior motive. I want to see one of our readers take the grand prize in the Savor the Flavor of St. Francis grilling contest!  There are some great prizes on offer including a Grand Prize VIP trip for two to visit Sonoma and the St. Francis Winery & Vineyards.

This is a great contest -- all you have to do is shoot a short video of yourself demonstrating your grilling techniques while describing your favorite bold grilled food recipe and St. Francis wine pairing. It's that easy, and you can enjoy your handiwork once the video is filmed (not to mention a glass or two of St. Francis wine). In fact I'm about to pop a cork on three bottles from St. Francis; check out the article to read my reviews and to see the great recipe for BBQ Butterflied Chicken that comes as part of the free download: St. Francis Girls' Guide to Grilling.

Meet Elizabeth Karmel

Elizabeth Karmel is a nationally known grilling and barbecue expert, chef, cookbook author and teacher. Her third book, Soaked, Slathered and Seasoned: A Complete Guide to Flavoring Food for the Grill was published by Wiley in April 2009.

She is the Executive Chef of Hill Country, the award-winning Texas barbecue restaurant and live music venue in Manhattan (conveniently located in Snooth's new neighborhood and already an office favorite!) and an instructor at New York’s Institute of Culinary Education (ICE).

Elizabeth's cooking philosophy mirrors the winemaking philosophy at St. Francis, where Tom Mackey takes fruit with maximum flavor and processes it with minimum intervention. Once again, as in life, food, and wine, Elizabeth’s favorite adage, “less is more,” is proven true.