New Research Will Make You Question All Your Drink Choices 

If you’re planning on drinking anything aside from water today, you’re going to take note of three studies that came to our attention this morning. One, dishing on an unexpected side effect of loving white wine, will certainly impact your happy hour decisions, while the others will probably make you think twice about reaching for a Coke (or Diet Coke) this weekend. Read up!

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Half-Off All Wine Bottles at’s Cellar Raid

17505218_1512949928776548_2527594754098255751_o’s wine list is over 400 bottles deep, and many of them are natural, funky, and from small, independent growers. Twice was the restaurant recognized by Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Wine Restaurants in America, and twice we awarded them with the Best Wine List award (2012, 2015). For a hotel restaurant — albeit a boutique-ish one — they don’t have to try so hard. But they do, and because they succeed, we succeed.

And tonight, we’re especially successful because’s letting us raid its wine cellar at a huge discount.

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East Passyunk’s Townsend Landed a Hot-Shot New Sommelier

Gordana Kostovski is a big deal in the Philly wine community. The Macedonian Master-certified sommelier was awarded two of Wine Spectator’s Awards of Excellence, including a Best of Award of Excellence. And for close to three years, she’s remained the driving force behind Volvér’s wine program — easily one of the most consistent (and consistently great) aspects of the restaurant and bar. Last year, she was credited in the Wall Street Journal for inspiring a major New York wine purveyor to bring his business to Pennsylvania, despite the state’s restrictive conditions. To say the least, she’s been a major player in helping shape this city’s burgeoning wine scene.

Yesterday, at Philly Cooks, when I found her in front of Townsend’s table and not Volvér’s, I thought nothing of it — she’s married to Townsend’s chef-owner Tod Wentz. But lo and behold, she actually works there, too.

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Tria Fitler Square Hosting Weekly Wine Markets

tria-fitler-940Every Saturday between now and the end of the year, Tria Fitler Square is hosting a wine market. Conveniently scheduled to coincide with Fitler Square’s weekly farmers’ market, you can purchase bottles of wine from Tria from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday.

Beverage director Michael McCaulley has hand chosen six wines that will be available special prices per bottle. And you can even try before you buy, as all six wines are available as 3-ounce tasting pours for $3 each.

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Wegmans Is About To Become Your New Local Wine Shop

Photo via Flickr

Photo via Flickr

So guess who has been snapping up wine permits lately? Wegmans has. Yesterday they officially announced that wine sales will be starting at the Malvern store tomorrow (November 9) and at the State College store on Friday (November 11). And this is a big deal. The stores will be stocking between 400 and 800 labels (depending on available space), and that’s not even the big news.

The big news is that Malvern and State College (along with the Mechanicsburg store which began selling in September) are just the beginning. Wegmans is hoping to have wine shops open in all 17 of its Pennsylvania stores within the next two weeks.

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Bottle Shop at Local 44 Adds Wine to Go

The Bottle Shop at Local 44 is now even more "bottle-y."

The Bottle Shop at Local 44 is now even more “bottle-y.”

The Bottle Shop at Local 44 has been known for its well-curated selection of beers since its opening. And starting today, it’s going to look be known for take-out wine as well. The bottle shop is now carrying an inventory of 22 wines by the bottle. Look for ten red, ten white and two sparkling wine.

Proprietor Leigh Maida tells us that the staff is particularly jazzed about:

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Hey, Wine Lovers: Registration Is Open for the Run the Vineyards 5-Miler

Photo courtesy Good Day for a Run

Photo courtesy Good Day for a Run

Calling all wine-loving runners! You will be very happy to hear that registration for the uber-popular Run the Vineyards 5 Miler, coming up April 30th, 2017, just opened. And in case you hadn’t already connected the dots, the event includes running five miles, partly through Mullica Hill’s oh-so-pretty Heritage Vineyards, then drinking wine at the finish line. Yeah, it’s a pretty good way to spend your morning.

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Pop-Up Beer Garden to Open in Liberty Observation Deck

Max Headroom-style Ben Franklin sculpture at the top of the Liberty Observation Deck; the view from the top

Photos | Dan McQuade

You’ll soon be able to get drunk higher than you ever have before.

Starting next week, the One Liberty Observation Deck will open up an indoor beer garden on Thursdays on the 57th Floor of One Liberty Place. Surpassing the well-reviewed SkyGarten, the new Bar 57 will be the new tallest beer garden in the city. You’ll have to sneak beer to the top of the Comcast Center to drink any higher in this city.

“Sunset is the most beautiful time of day at the Observation Deck,” observation deck GM Evan Evans said in a release. “We wanted to provide an experience where guests can come after work to unwind with friends, preferred beverage in hand, overlooking these gorgeous vistas.”

The Bar 57 beer garden will run on Thursdays from September 27th to October 27th. Tickets for the experience are a tad pricey, however: Normally $19, tickets for the beer garden will be discounted to $14 at the door and $12 purchased in advance. Read more »

Wine Some, Lose Some: Good News and Bad on the Sommelier Beat

Mariel Wega of and

Mariel Wega of and Best New Sommeliers

Mariel Wega, the wine director of and has been named one of the Best New Sommeliers of 2016 by Wine & Spirits magazine. This is just the latest accolade for Wega and as they were also named one of America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants by Wine Enthusiast magazine earlier this year.

But a bit of a bummer comes from across Rittenhouse Square. Justin Timsit of the Rittenhouse Hotel, who was named New York’s best sommelier in April, despite being employed here in Philadelphia, is leaving the hotel for New York City.

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