You May Soon Be Able to Buy Wine in Pa. Grocery Stores

Wine for sale in grocery store

This may soon be a reality in Pennsylvania. (Photo by Dannielle Blumenthal, used under a Creative Commons license)

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 »

Fishtown’s Wine Bars Add Happy Hour

Gin and Tonic #2 at ROOT | Photo via ROOT

Gin and Tonic #2 at ROOT | Photo via ROOT

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.

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The Philadelphia Zoo Is Opening a Beer Garden

Philadelphia Zoo beer garden - The Watering Hole

A plan for the Philadelphia Zoo’s new beer garden, The Watering Hole, which will open in late June or early July. (Courtesy Philadelphia Zoo)

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 »

“New York’s Best Sommelier” Works at The Rittenhouse Hotel

Justin Timsit - Wine director of Lacroix restaurant at the Rittenhouse hotel

Justin Timsit, wine director at Lacroix. (Photo courtesy of The Rittenhouse)

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.

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Tria Fitler Square Turns One and Is Now Officially a Tria Cafe

Luxury Hour at Tria Fitler Square | Photo via Tria Cafe

Tria Fitler Square is officially now a Tria Cafe | Photo via Tria Cafe

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

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Last Day for Early Bird Tickets to the Wine & Food Festival

wine food fest 940Tuesday, 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.

Save $20 per ticket if you purchase before 5 p.m. today.

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.

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Philly Wine Week Set for First Week of April

Philly Wine Week returns for its third year.

Philly Wine Week returns for its third year.

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.

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Coeur Adds New Dishes, Chef

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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.

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Beery Fishtown Gets Two Wine Bars

Fishtown Social is open on Frankford Avenue

Fishtown Social is open on Frankford Avenue

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.

Fishtown Social joined by Root Restaurant + Wine Bar »

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