Philly Wine Week Kickoff: Opening Corks at PAFA

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Get your wine bra and funnel (or your judgmental high society attitude, whatever) ready: Philly Wine Week is kicking off this Sunday, March 22nd from 5-8 pm with an event called “Opening Corks” at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

The springtime themed wine tasting reception will feature over 20 wine vendors pouring samples of champagnes, sparkling wines, whites and rosés. Hors d’Oeuvres will be provided by Tria Café, Murray’s Cheese, Panorama and Alla Spina.

Dress is springtime cocktail attire, which I assume means you should come dressed as a springtime cocktail. I’m going as a gin fizz.

Tickets for Opening Corks are $60 (but they go up to $75 if you wait till after 5 p.m. Friday). You can get them here.

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Savona’s Month-Long Anniversary Celebration

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Savona, at 100 Old Gulph Road in Gulph Mills, is celebrating its 18th anniversary by introducing a new happy hour food and drink menu and offering specials all month.

The new happy hour is Monday through Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. All cocktails, beer and glasses of wine are half off. The snack menu offers mini pizzas for $8, antipasti for $7, and crostini for $5.

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Planning Ahead: Philly Wine Week is Coming

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I feel the way about Wine Week that I do about Valentine’s Day. Why celebrate for just one day (or week, in this case) something that you really love and cherish all year? If you really set your mind to it, every week can be Wine Week.

But for those of you who need a little more guidance in your oenophilia, the second annual Philly Wine Week starts on Sunday, March 22 and will last until Sunday, March 29.

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GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to the 8th Annual Wine in Winter

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Attend an event with more than 40 local restaurants, caterers, and beverage suppliers, and help support Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware families caring for children with disabilities or serious illnesses.

We have two pairs of tickets to the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund’s eighth annual Wine in Winter event, on Friday, February 6th, at the the Normandy Hotel & Conference Center in Blue Bell. Tickets are worth $125 each, but you can enter to win a pair by signing up for Ticket’s weekly e-newsletter.

In addition to the food and drinks, there will also be a silent auction and raffles. Anyone attending can also receive a special room rate of $99 at the Normandy Farm Hotel. Get more information on the event and the Dolan Fund here

Gran Caffe L’Aquila Is Indeed Grand

gelato-gran-caffe-laquilla-940Gran Caffe L’Aquila opened a week ago at 1716 Chestnut Street. The bi-level space is open from morning to night, offering Italian coffee, pastries, gelato, panini, wine and more. The restaurant shares more than just the name with the Abruzzo Gran Caffe L’Aquila. Local restaurateur Riccardo Longo has brought in World Cup of Gelato winner Stefano Biasini and Michele Morelli in on the project. They ran the Gran Caffe in L’Aquila, Italy, that was heavily damaged by an earthquake in 2009.

Upon entering the downstairs space you’re greeted with a gelato counter with 24 flavors. Beyond that is a coffee and pastries bar, followed by a panini case. Next to those options are the drinks and the cashier. In the back is an Italian-style (no seats) bar for enjoying wine and a bite. The opposite wall offers seating in two-and-four-tops.

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Bars Used to Be Closed on Election Day in Pennsylvania

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It’s election day! You should be elated to have the freedom to vote today — and then to head to the bars afterward. It’s not a right you’ve always had in Pennsylvania.

All bars were closed in Pennsylvania on election day until 1973. That’s when an exemption was granted to bars that make 30 percent of their revenues from food and nonalcoholic beverages. Bars below that percentage had to close on voting days until 2001, when the state’s liquor laws were changed.

It wasn’t just Pennsylvania. A report by the federal government’s 1971 National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse said most states prohibited alcohol sales on election day, at least in part. A 1906 report of the Pennsylvania Bar Association said retail and wholesale liquor sellers must be closed between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. on election day in the state.

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