The Thanksgiving Wine Guide

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I have  divided this year’s Thanksgiving wine guide into a number of mildly amusing chapters.    As always, each wine was selected for it’s  high quality and good pricing.  All wines are available in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. I’ve included over 20 wines in this list, so jump on in.  Hope you enjoy! I have more suggestions on Thanksgiving recipes (including an awesome turducken recipe) and beverage pairings in my book Corked & Forked. If...

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Holiday Food & Wine Pairing

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Holiday Food & Wine Pairing This month, we hosted our monthly culinary classes (Cooking & Wine Pairing, Sommelier Smackdown, and Cooks & Corks) on the theme of  holiday dinners.  The following recipes were created by myself and the pairings by  sommelier Alana Zerbe. If you like our food and wine pairings, you can grab a copy of our cookbook at Amazon.  You can also experience the magic in person by coming to a food & wine pairing classes. Heirloom Carrots...

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Cooking Class and Wine Pairing

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This month, we featured  wine pairings and recipes perfect for fall and the coming holidays.   I’ve posted the menu and wine pairings  from the class . I also posted the recipes at the bottom of this post. Hope you enjoy! Let us know if you have any questions. If you are looking to attend one of our food and wine pairing classes, please check out our calendar here: food & wine pairing classes. Autumn Food & Wine Menu Aperitif  Wine: Trimbach 2012 Riesling...

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Get a Wine Job at the PLCB

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A Job Guide for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board   Before we show you how to get a job working for the PLCB, you should sit down and ask  yourself a question: is working for PA’s wine monopoly for me? For some people, working for the PLCB is an excellent way to get into the wine trade. For others, it would be a nightmare. Here are some of the pros and cons of working for the state’s booze monopoly. PROS 1. Stable Employment. In Pennsylvania, working in...

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A Year in the Life of a Winery

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Here’s an awesome video from Heritage Vineyards. For anyone who dreams of being a winemaker, there is plenty to chew on in this video. It’s funny and beautiful to watch, but it doesn’t pull punches or try to gloss over the hard stuff. Really impressive work from Richard Heritage of the winery and videographer Chris Johnson from CE Solutions. Oh, and I do have a guest appearance at the end of the video. And if you need to know: yes, I am wearing pants....

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Top Ten Wine Shops in Philly

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  Let’s get to the bad news first: there are no great wine shops in Philly. There are a handful of good ones, though.  For a boutique wine experience, the tiny PLCB shop at  Garces Trading Company offers a nicely curated selection.  In Rittenhouse, the PLCB wine shop is spacious, modern and has a good selection. The 12th & Chestnut PLCB shop has it’s ups and downs. If you like playing hide & seek for great values, then the shop in Queen Village is a...

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Top Ten BYOB Restaurants in Philadelphia

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  BYO culture in Philly is unique amount American cities. It came about due to the influence of the  Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and high rent in Center City’s restaurant district.  Rent for restaurants in center city can be as high as 34K a month, while the average rent in outlining neighborhoods can be as low as $2k a month. Add to that the high cost of liquor licenses, which can cost upwards of a quarter million dollars, and the fact that restaurants...

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April Cooks: A Del Frisco’s Sommelier Smackdown and Much More

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Wow,  April Cooks at the Wine School! Every month, we run a full week of cooking classes, food & wine pairing classes, and –of course– the Sommelier Smackdown! In this post, we have supplied you with all the details, from bios of our competing sommeliers to the BEST wine pairings of the week (as voted by our students), and recipes for all the tasty dishes I created especially for the week. Cheers! Sommelier Jeffrey Mayfield Jeffrey Mayfield’s career didn’t...

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Wine School at the Winery

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On March 17th,  the Wine School held class at Heritage Winery in New Jersey for a crash-course in winemaking. This was a very special wine class, as we were teaching a dozen students in a microbiology graduate program at Temple University. The star of the show –as to be expected– was Heritage winemaker Sean Comninos.  He took the students on a whirl-wind tour of fermentation science and engineering.  Sean graduated from the Wine School of Philadelphia in 2008,...

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