People, Places & Libations

Your guide to Good Company, Intriguing Spots and Adult Beverages in the Philly area.

Road Trip! Jersey Shore and NYC

One of the many reasons I love living in Philadelphia is it’s easy proximity to other intriguing places.  Anyone who knows me will tell you I have wanderlust; the quote “She was often struck with the desire to be elsewhere” suits me perfectly.     Asbury Park is my happy place.  Only 65 miles northeast Read more about Road Trip! Jersey Shore and NYC[…]

Tria Taproom event: ‘Meet the Winemaker’ Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyards

Tria Taproom event: ‘MEET THE WINEMAKER’ Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyards   The mad love I get from the Tria crew got me invited to an industry tasting and lecture with innovative California winemaker Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyards.  Known as one of the original Rhone Rangers for his pioneering work in bringing Read more about Tria Taproom event: ‘Meet the Winemaker’ Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyards[…]

Working Harvest at Weathered Vineyards

Working Harvest at Weathered Vineyards          On a beautiful Fall morning my Dip4 buddy Susan and I drove the 65 miles to the Lehigh Valley to help Rich Weathered, owner and vintner of Weathered Vineyards on the last day of harvest.                    The netting is to keep birds from eating the Read more about Working Harvest at Weathered Vineyards[…]

Vintage Importers and Barsotti Wines Industry Tastings

      I love it when invites like this pop up, and this month I received two of them; Vintage Importers held a 150 bottle tasting at World Live Cafe, which I attended via an invite from the Tria Group.  In the second group of photos, I attended the Barsotti Wines tasting at Jacks Coopers Read more about Vintage Importers and Barsotti Wines Industry Tastings[…]

Varga Bar–a Beer Lover’s Haven–941 Spruce St., Center City

VARGA BAR—A Beer Lover’s Haven—941 Spruce St., Center City I introduced you to Varga Bar in July when I posted about Natasha’s beer brunch, but they have such a great selection of beers, most of which are half priced during their Mon-Sat 4-6pm happy hour, I think it deserves a closer look. Varga is just Read more about Varga Bar–a Beer Lover’s Haven–941 Spruce St., Center City[…]

Free Wine Tasting with Max and Rich every Fri/Sat 4-6pm, 1112 Chestnut St.

Max and Richs’ Friday and Saturday 4-6pm Wine Tastings at 1112 Chestnut St   Rich wants to pour you some wine!   In Pennsylvania we have had to deal with the state controlling all wine and spirit sales through their state stores, where prices average 30% higher than New Jersey or Delaware (fyi- it’s illegal Read more about Free Wine Tasting with Max and Rich every Fri/Sat 4-6pm, 1112 Chestnut St.[…]

A Tour of the Lehigh Valley with Kat Collins

A Tour of the Lehigh Valley with Kat Collins Only 45 miles North of Philly, the Lehigh Valley is home to a multitude of vineyards, with more coming on board each year.  Kat Collins lives in Allentown, works in the vineyards and is a WSet student, as am I.  Through Facebook we have been able Read more about A Tour of the Lehigh Valley with Kat Collins[…]

Happy Hour at Royal Tavern

 Royal Tavern 937 East Passyunk, Philadephia www.royaltavern.com     Royal Tavern is one of those hip places you slide into to enjoy a couple of beers and interesting conversation- exactly what a bar should be. Set in a residential neighborhood a couple of blocks from the Italian Market, manager Josie gathers the friendly and efficient Read more about Happy Hour at Royal Tavern[…]

Sunday School at Tria Cafe

Tria Cafe Washington Square West 1137 Spruce St. Not your Mama’s Sunday School! Justin and Tara; Justin teaches yoga in India part of each year, and Tara is a WSet Level 3 Certified Sommelier Melody, my Sunday School buddy Picture thyself here this Sunday! The offerings change each Sunday   I am not a religious Read more about Sunday School at Tria Cafe[…]