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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 a wine shop is a state civil service job. Nothing says stability than...read more
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. Richard sent me the following details about the video: Heritage Vineyards...read more
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 fun place to shop. The problem with all of them have to do with the...read more
This is the recipes from our cooking class on July 21st, 2014. Enjoy! Fennel, Orange and Olive Salad 3 peeled oranges 1 fennel bulb, very thinly sliced 1 cup arugula 3/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved 3 shallots, diced 2 cups orange juice 2 teaspoons orange zest 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 2 teaspoons honey 1 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, add the orange juice and zest. Bring to a boil. Drop to a simmer until reduced to about 1/4 cup....read more
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 cannot buy wine at wholesale (the PLCB only gives restaurants a 7%...read more