Former Philadelphia Eagles Coach Dick Vermeil to Sign Bottles of Vermeil Wines at PA Wine & Spirits Store in Allentown on Aug. 6

Aug 03, 2010, 11:00 ET from Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former Philadelphia Eagles coach Dick Vermeil will share his thoughts on football and winemaking while signing bottles of Vermeil Wines from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6, at the PA Wine & Spirits Store at Crest Plaza Shopping Center, 1516 N. Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown.

"Football season is once again upon us and Dick Vermeil is a legend in the sport.  Many people may not know that Vermeil is also a talented and accomplished winemaker," said Patrick J. "P.J." Stapleton III, chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. "The PLCB is thrilled that Coach Vermeil set aside some time to share his passion for winemaking with our consumers and his fans."

Vermeil will offer a complimentary tasting of his cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc, cabernet franc and zinfandel and will sign pre-purchased bottles, all priced at $23.99 and up. All four products will be priced 10 percent off the day of the signing only. The tasting is free for those 21 and older.

Vermeil began his National Football League career as special teams coach of the Los Angeles Rams. He became head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles from 1976 through 1982, leading the franchise to its first Super Bowl in 1980. He led the St. Louis Rams to Super Bowl victory in 2000 and ended his head-coaching career with the Kansas City Chiefs.

A native of California's famed Napa Valley winemaking region, Vermeil oversaw the creation of his first wine – the Jean Louis Vermeil Cabernet Sauvignon, named for his great-grandfather – in 1999. More recently, in collaboration with winemaker Paul G. Smith, Vermeil Wines has produced a number of varietals, including the wines that will be featured at the tasting.

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SOURCE Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board