This Thursday: Celebrate France and Beaujolais Nouveau


On the third Thursday of November, Beaujolais Nouveau hits the world. It is the first taste of the 2015 vintage and in France, it’s a celebration of wine, the year and the region. And in Philadelphia we hate to miss a party, so many Philadelphia bars and restaurants offer pours, specials and in one case, a dinner cooked by a former Le Bec Fin executive chef.

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In Case You Missed It: Food Porn From The La Clarine Wine Dinner At Townsend


Some restaurants host events every single week, but others wait until they’ve got something special going on; a distinctive bottle or two to open or some out-of-town visitors to fête. Such was the occasion last week at Townsend when the sweet spot on Passyunk hosted Sierra Foothills winemakers Caroline Hoel and Hank Beckmeyer from La Clarine Farm.

Natural to the core, these down to earth, yet broadly knowledgeable vintners waxed eloquent on their unorthodox grape blends and the exciting nature of natural winemaking. The biodynamic model of minimally invasive agriculture can be considered at best capricious, and at worst reckless, but is undoubtedly the cutting edge of wine culture internationally. Finding these dynamic, challenging (and often delicious) wines paired attentively and successfully with Townsend Wentz’s take on classic French cuisine was a pleasure.

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Jet Wine Bar Is Celebrating Five Years with Bubbles

jet is fiveSouth Street’s Jet Wine Bar is celebrating its fifth birthday on Wednesday, November 11th with $5 glasses of bubbly. All day the bar is offering $5 glasses of South African, Spanish and Italian bubbly as well as $5 sparkling cocktails.

Jet Wine Bar opened on the 1500 block of South Street when the block was just Bob & Barbara’s and the Tritone. Since then the block has seen sister restaurant Rex 1516 open as well as the Cambridge, Quick Fixx, Little Spoon, So Crepe and Sawatdee.

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Dinner Series Kicks Off at La Peg

La Peg at FringeArts | Photo by Kevin Monko

La Peg at FringeArts | Photo by Kevin Monko

La Peg is kicking off a dinner series with a vintner’s dinner this Tuesday, November 10th. The four-course dinner is $35 and $50 with a wine pairing. In December, the French brasserie will throw a beer dinner with Saint Benjamin’s, details to follow.

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Oregon’s Naked Wines Tells Local Brewer It Can’t Sell “Naked” Beer


Naked Wines is an Oregon winery with an unfortunate series of suggestive wine names, such as Penetration Cabernet Sauvignon, Oh! Orgasmic Barbera, Cougar Semi-Sparkling White, and Bareback Sweet White. Their unfortunate marketing campaign consists of slogans like “I Get Naked Regularly” and “We Just Got Naked.” And now Naked Wines is suing Prism Brewing Company in Bucks County over Prism’s “Naked” beers. Read more »

14 Surprising Restaurants to BYOB in Philly


Garces Trading Company may now have a bar but you can still BYOB.

Philadelphia is rightfully known for its BYOB scene, but it also seems an increasing number of restaurants with liquor licenses are offering corkage-free days as well. Why? Well as Petruce et al’s Tim Kweeder tells us, sometimes diners want to open a special bottle on an anniversary that they brought back from their honeymoon, or they might have something that’s just not available in Pennsylvania restaurants. Kweeder also shares that sometimes he hits it off with some diners, and they want to show off a bottle from their collection with him.

So if you have a special bottle you want to uncork, or if you just want to save a few bucks (and who doesn’t), here’s a whole slew of restaurants that offer at least one night of corkage free BYOB.

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Coeur Launches Free Wine School and Wine Friendly Happy Hour

The bar and vintage Admiral TV at Coeur | Photo by Emily Teel

The bar and vintage Admiral TV at Coeur | Photo by Emily Teel

On Thursday, October 22nd, Coeur is welcoming Jason Malumed of Chalkboard Wine + Spirits for a wine tasting. The FREE tasting kicks off at 6 p.m. and features a guided tasting by Malumed of selections from the Chalkboard portfolio including Benoit Roseau, Bernard Vallette, La Sorga, Domaine du Val de Saone. Reserve your spot by emailing Coeur directly.

Wine School isn’t the only time to enjoy wine at the Bella Vista bar and restaurant. Coeur has added a weekday happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with $4 select draft wines and beers. And on Monday and Tuesdays, the happy hour is repeated from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

And if you’re a mother in need of “Mommy Juice,” bring your own stroller and enjoy a glass of wine or beer between noon and 3 p.m.

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Brigantessa Introduces New Chef de Cuisine

Julia Robinson, chef de cuisine at Brigantessa

Julia Robinson, chef de cuisine at Brigantessa

Chef/Owner Joe Cicala and Brigantessa are officially welcoming Julia Robinson as chef de cuisine to the East Passyunk restaurant with a  wine dinner. Robinson started at Brigantessa in June after two years as chef de cuisine at the White Dog Cafe in University City and a six-year run at Vivere, a third-generation family-owned Italian restaurant in Chicago.

The Delaware native is showing off her work with a chef’s tasting menu with unusual Italian wine pairings on Wednesday, September 16th. The four-course, three wine and one digestivo dinner is $75 per person.

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Rosé Week Coming to 13th Street

Aug15RoseWeek_01For three nights, from Monday, August 24th through Wednesday August 26th, the restaurants of Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney (Barbuzzo, Lolita, Little Nonna’s, Jamonera) are celebrating Rosé Week.

Each of the restaurants will be offering special deals on rosé wine and food for all three nights.

Barbuzzo is offering 23 rosé wines from seven countries. Jamonera is offering a rosé happy hour plus a special Spanish seafood dish with a full bottle of wine for $30 per person. Little Nonna’s has a Calabrian BBQ menu that’s paired with a carafe of gagliopo rosé and Lolita is doing DIY Baja tacos teamed with rosé sangria or margaritas.

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