Kensington Quarters Puts the Spotlight on Wine

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While Kensington Quarters is best known for its whole animal butchery, its general manager and beverage director is Tim Kweeder, one of the city’s top wine experts (we said as much in 2015’s Best of Philly and last month’s “The New Faces of Philly Wine”).

And on Saturday, July 22nd, he’ll be pouring some extra special bottles and taking over KQ’s upstairs event space, transforming it into a pop-up wine bar.

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The New Faces of Philly Wine

From left: Tim Kweeder, 35, general manager, Kensington Quarters; Jason Malumed, 30, partner, MFW Wine Co. importers; Greg Root, 39, co-owner, Root Restaurant + Wine Bar; Michele Konopi, 25, sommelier, Savona; Cristina Tessaro, 35, GM, Royal Sushi and Izakaya; Chloé Grigri, 29, co-owner, the Good King Tavern; Kate Moroney Miller, 35, wine director, Vintage and Heritage, and co-founder of Philly Wine Week. Photographed at Root Restaurant + Wine Bar. Photograph by Stuart Goldenberg

Really, it’s about time. Craft beer has been holding on longer than skinny jeans. And cocktails? Even bad chain restaurants now have drink “programs” designed by New York consultants. So the moment is right: Wine is ready for a comeback. Read more »

Drink Inside the Box at La Peg Next Week

When was the last time you drank wine from a box? Whether it was last night or in high school (no visible liquid line means parents can’t tell you’re sneaking, obvs), La Peg is highlighting wines sold in this oft-misunderstood, stay-fresh packaging next week at Shadowboxin’, their outdoor box wine party set to a hip-hop soundtrack.

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Orange Wine Is the New Black at Good King Tavern Tonight

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As much as we love a good rosé, pink wine is no longer the hip sip it was a few years ago. Orange wine is now cutting edge — and The Good King Tavern is spotlighting this trendy beverage at “Orange Is the New Black,” tonight’s Cave à Manger event.

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Love Rosé? This Tasting Will Make You an Expert

Springtime (and warm weather, we presume?) is here, which means that it’s almost time for everyone’s favorite pink-hued alcoholic beverage to dominate.

Thanks to the Philly Chef Conference, you can learn all about rosé before you pop bottles this summer. In a continuation of conference programming, sommelier Victoria James will present a lecture and tasting of rosés at Drexel University’s Academic Bistro. And she’s bringing along some special guests to discuss the ways rosé pairs so well with artisan cheeses and pasture-raised meats.

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