It is summer and to many that means it is time to drink the rosé wine. The easy drinking pink wine is having a bit of a moment right now and there are several rosé based events coming up in the next week.
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has passed a bill that would allow some grocery stores, restaurants and hotels to sell take-out wine.
House Bill 1690 passed in a 157-31 vote. It permits restaurants, hotels and grocery stores with existing licenses to also sell wine for consumption off the premises. Up to four bottles will be able to be purchased at a time.
“This is a very significant step for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in terms of privatization,” House Speaker Rep. Mike Turzai, a Republican, told reporters after the vote. “I’m very excited, I have to tell you. This is outstanding. It’s a historic opportunity today, and I think the governor’s going to sign it.” Read more »
ROOT, which opened a bit over two months ago is now rolling out a happy hour. The wine bar and restaurant is offering a 5-6-7-8 happy hour between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weeknights. That means there are:
- $5 snacks and toasts
- $6 sangria and special wine
- $7 cheese and salumi plate
- $8 gin and tonics
ROOT isn’t the only new wine bar in Fishtown as Fishtown Social opened around the same time ROOT did.
You can now drink at the zoo.
The Philadelphia Zoo began selling alcohol at two stands, Tiger Terrace and Eagle’s Roost, on Memorial Day weekend. But that’s not all: The zoo is planning a late-June or early-July launch for a beer garden, The Watering Hole, which will be adjacent to Eagle’s Roost.
Amy Shearer, the zoo’s Chief Marketing Officer, says the reversal of a longstanding policy came after talking with visitors and Philadelphia Zoo members over the past year. “We talked to our guests and members all throughout the year in many platforms,” she tells Philadelphia magazine. “Through all of these conversations, one thing that our guests had been largely vocal about is that, ‘Hey, the zoo is so great for all ages and families as well but there’s some things that we adults want, too.’”
Outside alcohol remains banned at the park, but beer and wine will not be confined to the sections where they are sold. Guests will be free to roam the park drinking the glass of beer or wine they’ve purchased from one of the zoo’s stands. Alcohol sales are being handled by its food vendor, Aramark, which has a liquor license for the zoo property. Read more »
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.
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
Tuesday, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.