March 19, 1987 |
This supposedly took place at a particularly fancy restaurant somewhere in the United States - the sort of restaurant I've always referred to as La Maison de la Casa House, Continental Cuisine. The wine waiter - or the sommelier, as the folks at La Maison de la Casa House would certainly have called him - arrived at the table with the expensive bottle of wine that had just been ordered. He displayed the label, opened the bottle, placed the cork on the table in front of the customer who had done the ordering, and poured an inch or so of wine to be tasted.
May 21, 2000 |
There's no need for Trumpets to toot its own horn, for I'll happily do it instead. The Kennett Square restaurant with lovely Victorian setting opened six weeks ago in what used to be Samantha's Cafe, offering splendid contemporary cuisine paired with the appropriate wines. The entire restaurant is non-smoking, even the attractive bar, which may mean that the beautiful decor will remain pristine for as long as I hope the restaurant survives. The menu is uncommonly appealing and dishes are prepared with considerable accomplishment.
June 6, 1986 |
One day in the fall of 1980 - shortly after Vartan Gregorian had been passed over for the presidency of the University of Pennsylvania, and shortly after I'd written a column on the subject - I was having lunch in a Center City restaurant when a waiter appeared at my table with a glass of white wine. "Compliments of a friend," he said, motioning across the room. I looked in the direction he indicated and saw Gregorian's goateed face grinning at me. Now, put yourself in my place: How would you react?
October 1, 2000 |
In the Technicolor glow of stained-glass poultry, Rose Parrotta is stomping her feet to Johnny Cash, reliving her wilder days in the apple orchards of New York and filling her Happy Rooster with an infectious energy boost. She welcomes friends to her little restaurant in a playful headlock, leading them around the thick brass bar pole. Even diners unknown to this diamond-studded dynamo get a blast of her charisma. She preens like Vanna White beside her ambitious chalkboard menu, discoursing on everything from her hand-scribbled boutique wine list ("people want forward fruit, but I won't give it to them!"
March 11, 1992 |
Robert M. Jacobs Sr., a wine and liquor sales representative who serviced a number of Philadelphia's top lounges and nightclubs, died Sunday. He was 67 and lived in West Philadelphia. "My father was a great sales representative, a natural who knew how to move a product. He was as comfortable with the owner of a corner tavern as he was with the operator of a top-flight lounge," said a son, Robert Jr. "He represented Calvert whiskey and the Bartolomeo Pio line of wines. " Jacobs grew up in the Haddington section of West Philadelphia, attended Overbrook High School, and served in the South Pacific with the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a Philadelphia police officer during the 1950s, working out of the 12th District station house at 65th Street and Woodland Avenue.
October 11, 1989 |
Wine is often overlooked as a cooking ingredient. But just as a sip of wine can enhance the taste of the food it accompanies, wine can also add a flavorful dimension when added to a dish during cooking. Some cooks insist on using the same wine that will be served at the table, but that's not an issue to become preoccupied with. The general rule is simply to use a cooking wine similar to or compatible with the one you're served. The quality of the cooking wine, however, is important.
December 22, 2011 |
A tractor trailer hauling wine broke an axle after smashing into one of the metal bollards that rim Philadelphia City Hall early this morning. A liquid was flowing underneath the large truck, but it was unclear if it was wine. The incident occurred sometime around 4:30 a.m., according to police. The tractor trailer, fully loaded with wine, was apparently rounding City Hall when its rear axle struck the bollard, and the trailer became disabled partially on the pavement.
July 19, 2012
Buzz: I was down the Shore last weekend, lying on the beach. My brother opened his beer cooler and instead of a sixpack, he had a bunch of little juice boxes — of wine. What's the world coming to? Marnie: You have to get with the times, Buzz. There has been a revolution in wine packaging in the last 10 years. Buzz: Why abandon the old-fashioned bottle and cork? Marnie: Juices used to come in glass, too, but now it's all cartons and pouches. Wine is just grape juice, so why not put it a more convenient container?
July 15, 2007 |
What kind of business doesn't want you to find it? The kind filled with millions of dollars of wine that is not for sale. Scot H. "Zippy" Ziskind, a South Philly engineer who designs and builds elaborate wine cellars for rich people, also owns a small warehouse on the gritty fringes of Pennsauken. There, he keeps his 1978 MGB sports car, a basketball hoop, and 144,000 bottles of very expensive grape juice. In 56-degree comfort, with 65-percent humidity and a backup electricity generator on the roof, Ziskind babysits 12,000 cases of wines for doctors, lawyers, bankers, restaurateurs and other oenophiles.
August 19, 2008
IN OUR SCARY world of housing foreclosures, killer fuel prices and a faltering economy, the issue of where Pennsylvania residents can buy their wine seems like cake-eating at the Bastille, but the issue deserves discussion - if for no other reason than it's a chance to scrutinize the Legislature's overall behavior. A bill pending in Harrisburg would prohibit direct shipping of wine to individual customers. Instead, wine-lovers who want to join a wine-of-the-month club or buy directly from vineyards would have their shipments diverted to the Liquor Control Board, which, in turn, would ship the wines to the customers for a fee. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, says he wants to minimize the chance that minors could buy wine without the face-to-face control of ID checks, but the bills main's concern is the loss of state revenue that direct shipping might cause.