Vernick Wine Is the Wine Boutique Rittenhouse Has Been Waiting For

The new shop next door to Vernick Food & Drink will be a retail space for wine, as well as a private event and dining space.

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Today, November 13th, Vernick Wine will open at 2029 Walnut Street, just next door to Vernick Food and Drink. The project, says GM Ryan Mulholland, has been in the works since Pennsylvania changed its liquor laws in 2016. The shop shares a kitchen with Vernick Food & Drink, which involved significant construction to connect the two spaces. The opening of Vernick Fish prolonged the shops opening, but now they’re ready to relieve Rittenhouse residents from the rule of state-run Wine and Spirits shops.

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Vernick Wine will serve as a wine and retail shop, plus a space to host events and private dining for groups up 32 people. The shop will offer both prix-fixe and family style dining options for private events, with menus from executive chef and owner Greg Vernick, chef de cuisine Robert Newcomb and pastry chef Michael O’lone. In addition to private events, Vernick Wine will host visiting winemakers for in-store tastings and events open to the public. The store will be managed by Briton Alonso.

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The retail space will offer about 100 rotating wines selected by Vernick Food and Drink wine director Ray Gazdzinski, including natural, orange and classic old-world style wines. Prices start around $15. There will also be a small selection of ciders, sherry and vermouth available. The shop will be Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.