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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a.kitchen Debuts Eli Collins’s Super Seasonal, Super French-y New Menu

Octopus a la Plancha / Chaucee Stillman

Octopus a la Plancha / Chaucee Stillman

We announced last month that Eli Collins — formerly of Pub & Kitchen — would be making a move over to a.kitchen, the Best of Philly-lauded, wine-focused spot run by Ellen Yin and Eli Kulp’s High Street Hospitality Group.

Collins debuted his first menu, a seasonal, bistro-inspired roster informed by his time in French kitchens training under Daniel Boulud and Joël Antunes, over the weekend. Let’s take a look.

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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 a.kitchen’s Cellar Raid

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a.kitchen’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 a.kitchen’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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