You can discuss the merits of Java and .Net with anyone who asks. But do you know what goes better with grilled salmon, a merlot or a pinot noir?Knowing which wine to order at a corporate dinner is one skill that can help a CIO distinguish himself as a businessperson and save him from social embarrassment. \u201cWhen you\u2019re asked to smell the cork, you need to be able to do that without looking like a geek,\u201d says Jeff Connery, a wine lover and CIO of two Canadian banks: Envision Financial in Langley, British Columbia, and First Calgary Savings in Calgary. Notes Connery, \u201cCIOs are not just computer people anymore. They are dealing with boards, other executives and clients. Knowing about wine rounds out one\u2019s business character.\u201dTo the rescue comes a new corporate wine studies program offered by the University of California at Irvine Extension. The six courses, each two to four hours long, teach how to pronounce wine names (try saying vino nobile di montepulciano three times fast), wine and food pairings, and wine etiquette (such as how to send a bottle back if the wine has cork in it). Their courses include \u201cWine as a Business Tool,\u201d \u201cEntertaining Your Multicultural Client\u201d and \u201cCEO\/Executive Roundtable Wine Tastings.\u201d\u201cIf you and I are sitting down to do a deal and have a lavish dinner, and [aside from] religious or health reasons, I order a Coca-Cola, you would think less of me,\u201d says Marlene Rossman, instructor and creator of the courses. Especially, she adds, in \u201cimage conscious\u201d Southern California.You should order pinot noir with your grilled salmon. Now if you can figure out which glass is yours, you\u2019ll have your social graces mastered.