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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April 24, 2013

The 2013 Philadelphia Wine & Food Festival is just around the corner! So to all you suburban & urban wine lovers, how does 1000 plus wines grab you, or tasty cuisine from four of Philly’s finest restaurants? For tickets & more info.

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Derek’s Ode to Montelena

March 27, 2013

An off-hand comment from Philly chef Derek Davis to Dead Guy Wine Society founder Scot “Zippy” Ziskind about the passing of Chateau Montelena founder & “Judgment of Paris ” winner Jim Barrett started a flurry of e-mails that ended with a last minute tribute to a man that help put the United States, California & the pioneering spirit that makes this country great into the spotlight.

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Vaulted Burgundy

March 12, 2013

Two turns left clockwise to 75, one turn right to 66, no seriously, the right combination of Maison Nicolas Potel’s exquisite Burgundies , Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse’s decadent cuisine & the vault of the first private bank in the United States make for a AAA rated event!

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Gott Wine?

February 7, 2013

Spending a Monday night drinking wine & noshing on tasty appetizers is always fun. Add to that hanging out with Joel Gott, winemaker at Joel Gott Wines and the evening becomes a real treat! One winery is not enough for Joel , he is also the owner of the Gott’s Roadside establishments, one of the Three Thieves, & one half of Shatter, a collaboration from the little known region of Maury, France.

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