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

Posted in Cooking & Recipes, Featured

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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Top Nine Wines

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Arnaldo Caprai 2009 Montefalco Rosso Umbria, Italy $12.99 A beautiful and modern Umbrian red. 70% Sangiovese with equal parts Merlot and Sagrantino in the blend.   Borgo Scopeto 2010 Chianti Classico Tuscany, Italy $12.99 A classy leather-bound Sangiovese with crisp red fruit and finely grained tannins.   Vina Marquis 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley, Chile $12.99 Awesome Cabernet that goes to show that I am right about this valley: best value for...

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