Nicolas Potel Visits The Union League

March 12, 2015

What better location to sample the current offerings of Burgundy house Nicolas Potel then a French Renaissance style building built in 1865 & encompassing an entire city block in downtown Philadelphia. The Union League of Philadelphia was started as a patriotic society to promote the Union during the Civil war. It is one of the finest private clubs in the nation, additionally, The Heritage Center, located within its walls, runs the League’s three foundations, Abraham Lincoln, Scholarship & Youth Work.

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Handcrafted at The Perkins 2014

May 28, 2014

I’ve been to my fair share of beer & wine events over the years; the wine events tend to be more hoity- toity, while the beer ones are usually a casual affair. Rarely do you hear about a beer tasting being held in a fine art & music center. “Handcrafted at The Perkins Center ” […]

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Vino Divertimento by Gia Coppola

May 22, 2014

People drink wine for many reasons. Some are sentimental, such as a wedding or anniversary or serious, like a wine class; while others are just for fun, maybe happy hour with co-workers, a beach bar on vacay or a night out clubbing. This last group is where Gia by Gia Coppola is a perfect match.
Everything about these wines exudes fun. They have spectacular packaging (the bottle design would feel right at home at a perfume counter) while the flavors are clean, fresh, & unpretentious.
Gia Coppola is a third generation winemaker/filmmaker, continuing her grandfather Francis Ford Coppola, & aunt Sofia Coppola’s passion for all things artistic. In collaboration with fellow Coppola winery winemaker & astronomer Francois Cordesse, these two created three wines that are low in alcohol (11.5%), have no oak, a hint of sweetness & are meant to be served chilled.

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Philly Wine Week, Its time has come!

April 29, 2014

For Kate Moroney & William Eccleston, conceiving the inaugural Philly Wine Week was nothing more than wanting to spotlight the plethora of talented wine professionals throughout the city of brotherly love. What a great idea whose time has come. Contact a few restaurants, schedule a few wine events, what could be easier? HAH, with Spring around the corner & full time positions running both the wine programs and the restaurants at Vintage Wine Bar & Ristorante Panorama these two had probably bitten off more than they could chew. Undaunted, Kate & Bill pushed on, domain name in hand & created a wonderful event that promoted Philadelphia’s restaurant scene & their top notch wine programs!

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Arte e Vino Fino!

March 21, 2014

What do a bottle of wine & an oil painting have in common? The winemaker uses a palette of grapes for his or her canvas, while the painter uses tubes of color. Both rise to the level of Fine Art when done right.

These two worlds joined forces at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, established in 1805. It is the oldest art museum and school in the nation. PAFA’s world class educational program and impressive collection of American art partnered with the Consorzio Del Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano, whose mandate is to protect & promote the DOCG wines from that region in Tuscany.

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Potel Revisité

February 26, 2014

“Comment dit-on” Burgundy? One answer will always be Nicolas Potel, who’s winemaker, Jean-Christophe Pascaud was asked, what makes great Burgundy, replied, ” It is not a question of extracting something from the grapes; it is a quest for purity and subtlety where they are no longer expected…” That quest is what drives Burgundy house Nicolas Potel & tasting the new releases of 2011 & 2012 Village, Premier and Grand Cru rouges shows a level of quality I have not previously encountered from them.

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A Right Coast Sample

November 11, 2013

Goose Island Halia 2013 $23/750ml 7.5% While some have questioned Goose island’s quality after being purchased by AB/InBev, I have found my favorites like Maltida & Sofie to be rock solid. This sour peach ale is brewed with Brettanomyces Claussenii , aged in wine barrels and has fifty pounds of peaches per barrel. Straw yellow […]

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Capital Vie!

October 17, 2013

It’s “Portfolio” time in the wine & spirits industry, when distributors across the country host an event for their customers, be they stand alone retail stores or restaurants, selecting a portion of their “book” for tasting & taking orders for the busy upcoming holiday season.

Capital Wine & Spirits, the Pennsylvania division of Charmer-Sunbelt Group recently held their event in downtown Philly at Vie, a spacious but elegant 17,000 sq ft indoor/outdoor facility specializing in large corporate and private functions.

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P-H-I-L-L-Y W-I-N-E!

May 30, 2013

It was a beautiful sunny day in Philly & time to have some fun at the 2013 Philadelphia Wine Festival. Held for the second year at Lincoln Financial Field in their SCA club lounge & hosted by Philadelphia Magazine & Pa Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores.

There was a plethora of cuisine this year by some of Philly’s best restaurants

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Bolla e’ Rinato

May 1, 2013

While “reborn” is an accurate translation for rinato, using it to describe the current wines of Italian producer Bolla might be a slight embellishment. This is not your mother & fathers Bolla, but closer to your grandmother & grandfathers, with some modern help.

Bolla is an entrepreneurial success story by any standard. In 1883 Abele Bolla, a Veneto innkeeper made his own Soave, a local wine, to give to his guests. Word got out about this Soave & eventually he labeled & sold it, becoming so popular it became known as “Soave Bolla”, one of the few Italian wines people knew by name.

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