“New York’s Best Sommelier” Works at The Rittenhouse Hotel

Justin Timsit - Wine director of Lacroix restaurant at the Rittenhouse hotel

Justin Timsit, wine director at Lacroix. (Photo courtesy of The Rittenhouse)

The Austrian Wine Marketing Board held a little contest earlier this month that aimed to crown a person with an impressive title: “New York’s Best Sommelier.” About 70 sommeliers were quizzed in a written test and a blind tasting. The top three did a service test for a panel of judges, who acted as diners. Turns out no one in New York was worthy of such a title.

That’s because a guy from Philly won it.

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Tria Fitler Square Turns One and Is Now Officially a Tria Cafe

Luxury Hour at Tria Fitler Square | Photo via Tria Cafe

Tria Fitler Square is officially now a Tria Cafe | Photo via Tria Cafe

Tria’s Fitler Square location turns one today and Jonathan Myerow’s wine bar is celebrating with an all-evening long Luxury Hour featuring pours from some big magnum bottles for $10 a glass. Luxury Hour discounts some of Tria’s fancier wines for a twist on the traditional happy hour.

Tonight’s deals include:

  • Champagne Premier Cru Brut Magnum “Platine,” Nicolas Maillart, NV (Champagne, France) $16½ $10
  • Pouilly-Fuissé Magnum “La Marechaude,” Domaine Guerrin, ’14 (Burgundy, France) $14½ $10
  • Arbois Rouge Magnum “Mémorial,” Domaine Rolet, ’02 (Jura, France) $14½ $10

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Last Day for Early Bird Tickets to the Wine & Food Festival

wine food fest 940Tuesday, May 3rd is the date for Philadelphia magazine’s annual Wine & Food Festival. The event, which takes place at Lincoln Financial Field offers more than 650 wines plus food from 25 of Philadelphia’s best restaurants.

Save $20 per ticket if you purchase before 5 p.m. today.

In addition to the wine and food, there will be an on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits Shop. VIP tickets include early admission and a chance to go behind the scenes at Lincoln Financial Field and the Eagles locker room.

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Philly Wine Week Set for First Week of April

Philly Wine Week returns for its third year.

Philly Wine Week returns for its third year.

Now in its third year, Philly Wine Week has really gathered some momentum with a week worth of worthy events for the oenophile. More than 50 venues are participating offering exclusive events such as a wine dinner with David McDuff of David Bowler Wine upstairs at Vetri, nightly old world versus new world wines at Tredici Enoteca and chocolate and cheese at Hungry Pigeon.

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Coeur Adds New Dishes, Chef

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Coeur has received positive reviews since its opening but here come some changes. Opening chef Andy Tessier has left the restaurant and Justin Bennett has been named the new executive chef. Bennett is also exec chef for Leigh Maida, Brendan Hartranft and Brendan Kelly at Local 44 and Clarkville.

Menu staples like the rotisserie chicken and smoked brisket sandwich remain but there is now escargot, bone marrow, raclette fondue, grilled pork chops and more. And get this, poutine is now on the menu of this Montreal-inspired restaurant.

Another cool thing on the menu is Coeur’s Sunday special of half-priced sparkling wines.

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Beery Fishtown Gets Two Wine Bars

Fishtown Social is open on Frankford Avenue

Fishtown Social is open on Frankford Avenue

Frankford Avenue’s Fishtown Social is now open. The wine bar from Fishtown local, Vanessa Wong closely follows the Tria model of wine, beer, cheese and meat. Fishtown Social does however also offers cocktails.

The wines (8 white, 2 sparkling and 11 red) range from $8 to $15 a glass, beers are categorized as light, dark, hoppy and seasonal. The cheese and meats are priced at $7 a portion, three for $18.

The wine bar is open Tuesday through Thursday, from 4 p.m. to late night and from noon to late night on Fridays and Saturdays.

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A Small World After All: Tredici Enoteca Reviewed

Tredici | Photo by Emily Teel

Tredici | Photo by Emily Teel

From the outside, the light spilling from Tredici’s windows was cool and white, and the glass appeared to be sweating. We could see the crowd—at the bar, clustering around the host’s stand, jamming all the tables. Inside, it was a wall of noise, like stepping into the middle of a party that’s been going on without you for a good long time. To speak to the hostess working the stand, I had to lean over and talk almost directly in her ear.

We were lucky. We snagged the only open table on the floor—an odd corner spot that was all banquette, past the curve where the front room’s bar ends and the counter seating and seats in front of the raw bar begin. The two of us could sprawl across room enough for three. Spread out. Get comfortable.

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Nick Elmi Is Opening a Bar

Photo by Claudia Gavin

Photo by Claudia Gavin

Last May Nick Elmi went to work on securing a liquor license and expanding into the former coffee shop that is next door to his Laurel. The initial plan was to add some seating and install a bar. But here we are more than seven months later and that hasn’t happened.

So when we caught up with Elmi at Philly Cooks, we asked him what was up. Elmi, whose Laurel has been named the top restaurant in the city for the past two years, has decided not to mess up the good thing he has going at Laurel. So Laurel remains BYOB though he does now offer a $60 wine pairing for those interested.

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Try Some Jersey Wines in Haddonfield This Saturday

haddonfield uncorked 400Alcohol in Haddonfield? Yep. This Saturday, February 20th from 1-4 p.m., the “dry” New Jersey town is having their Haddonfield Uncorked event. At merchants throughout town, visitors can enjoy samples from several South Jersey wineries.

While Haddonfield is a “dry” town, a 2014 Alcohol Management Plan for Retail Outlets allows this chance to sample and buy South Jersey wines. This is the third “Haddonfield Uncorked” since it was introduced in 2015, and considering how popular the last two were, there’s probably plenty more to come.

Merchants and wineries participating »

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