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Philly’s Best Bloody Mary goes to…

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On Sunday, October 19th we attended the very 1st Bloody Mary Festival in Philly held at the popular piano bar Howl at the Moon. The event brought together some of the city’s most popular bars and restaurants as they served up the best Bloody Marys on their menu. The morning of the festival we were asked to fill in as judges and we were more than happy to oblige. However, choosing the most creative as well as best bloody mary was no easy task….fun and tasty, but not easy. Everyone brought their A game on. After much debate and careful consideration we turned in our ballots. All guests were able to vote for their own favorite Bloody Mary for the coveted “People’s Choice” Award. Our votes and the majority were not too far off…

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The Best Bloody Mary in Philadelphia goes to….

1st Place Winner: Jones!

2nd Place: Ela

3rd Place: Dog and Bull Brewhouse

The People’s Choice Award goes to….

Winner: Dog and Bull Brewhouse!

Runner up: Jones

While we loved all the bloodies mentioned above, we were a little surprised not to find Garces Trading Company on the list. We definitely agreed their Bloody Mary to be most creative, with best presentation and combination of flavors. Our top 3 picks….

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The Bloody Mary Festival had its start this year in NYC and made its way to San Francisco and back over to the east coast in Philly. It was a great afternoon filled with live music, snacks and brunch bites, good people and great bloody mary’s. We are looking forward to see what the future holds for this unique and fun event. To keep up with future festival date and cities follow The Bloody Mary Liberation Party on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Red Wine Party

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Fall weather is upon us….and the red wine is flowing! This past weekend we were finally able to get together and sample some reds, courtesy of Pasternak Wine Imports. This time, however, we decided to put our hubbies to the test with a fun Wine Party tasting game. The results were some very different opinions about the wines! Check it out….

 

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Aruma

Malbec

Mendoza, Argentina

Vintage: 2012

Avg Price: $14

Winemaker’s Notes: Deep red color with hints of purple. The nose expresses notes of red fruit, plums, strawberries and violets combined with a subtle hint of vanilla. Intense palate with silky, well-rounded tannins. Long, delicate finish. Good concentration and pleasant structure.

Our Thoughts and Pairings: The deep and dark color of this Malbec promised some intense notes. On the nose, we all agreed that the mix of jammy and earthy scents was a nice combo. On the tongue, our palates seemed to taste an array of things…cherry, cinnamon, cloves, even musty perfume. The oak was just the right amount. The finish seemed simple and nice to the boys, while we felt it was a little too tart for a Malbec. Some strong decanting recommended. Our average rate was a 3 out of 5 on Vivino.

 

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 Los Vascos

Carmenere Grande Reserve

Colchagua, Chile

Vintage: 2012

Avg Price: $16

Winemaker’s Notes: Appealing violet purple robe. The nose boasts typicity and the fruit expression of cherries, blackberries and plums. Hints of black pepper and bay leaf along with mild notes of coffee, bitter chocolate, mint and nutmeg. Smooth, deep, balanced and embracing mouthfeel. The Carmenere varietal expresses its full potential in this wine.

Our Thoughts and Pairings: This Carmenere was a beautiful dark purple color and complex on the nose. While one of us caught aromas of vanilla with dark fruit, one of us smelled ripe cheese. In taste we all agreed that the black pepper presence was strong, along with jammy fruits, lots of plum, traces of vanilla and a bit of coffee. A bit too fruity on the finish. We recommend a little decanting. Our average rate was a 3 out of 5 on Vivino.

 

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Dashwood

Pinot Noir

Marlborough, New Zealand

Vintage: 2012

Avg Price: $14

Winemaker’s Notes: Our Pinot Noir is bold, fresh, direct, elegant and balanced. It delivers dark cherry, plum and blackberry fruit notes and soft, well-integrated tannins.

Our Thoughts and Pairings:  Obviously lighter in color than the first two, this Pinot seemed to be the only wine we could agree on. With aromas of allspice and red fruits, decanting did not seem necessary. The juicy fruit flavors made us almost wish we had chilled the wine longer, but notes of spice and cedar balanced it out. The grapefruit finish was unexpected but welcomed. Our average rate was a 3.5 out of 5 on Vivino.

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Philly’s 1st Bloody Mary Fest

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Next Sunday we’re switching it up! Join us for…

What: THE 1ST ANNUAL PHILADELPHIA BLOODY MARY FESTIVAL!

Philly’s 1st Bloody Mary Festival will bring you 3 full hours of unlimited tastings of some of the most innovative and tasty Bloody Marys our city has to offer. Some of Philadelphia’s finest restaurants and bars will be serving up their creative concoctions along with brunch snacks and local tastes. There will also be live music, celebrity judges, and you will get to vote for your very own favorite Bloody Mary for the coveted “People’s Choice” Award! This event recently sold out in NYC and San Francisco and will sell out here too! Get your tickets now for only $40: Click Here (must be 21+)

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When: Sunday, October 19th 2014, 1pm-4pm

Where: Howl at the Moon (258 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102)

How: Visit the Facebook Events Page or purchase tickets at Event Brite

Why: Because who doesn’t love a good ass Bloody Mary on a Sunday afternoon!

Who: Sponsored by: McClures, Uber, Swiss Haus Bakery, The Drunken Tomato, and all the participating establishments.

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Participating restaurants/bars inccude:

  • BAINBRIDGE STREET BARREL HOUSE (Queen Village)
  • BAR FERDINAND (Northern Liberties)
  • DOG AND BULL BREW HOUSE (Croydon, Pa.)
  • ELA (Queen Village)
  • FARMACIA (Old City)
  • GREEN EGGS CAFE (Washington Square West)
  • GARCES TRADING COMPANY (Washington Square West)
  • JONES (Chestnut Street)
  • NODDING HEAD BREWERY (Rittenhouse)

Hosted by: The Bloody Mary Liberation Party – Yunna Weiss and Evan Weiss

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For more info follow the Bloody Mary Liberation Party on Facebook and Twitter.

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September Events

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September came and went in the blink of an eye! Somehow in the madness we managed to get away and attend two of the hottest events of the month. A recap and some photos for your enjoyment….

On Thursday September 19th we attended the 2014 Audi FEASTIVAL. The event was presented by Philadelphia Magazine/Foobooz and took place at its new venue…Penns Landing Pier 1. This is the 5th year for the culinary celebration which helps raise money for FringeArts. Under a tent filled with over 75 of Philly’s hottest restaurants and bars, you were able to sample some of your favorites and be introduced to some up and coming contenders. Our favorite of the night had to be the dessert from Top Chef Nicholas Elmi’s Laurel Restaurant…simply divine! The drinks were flowing, guests were dressed to impress, music was bumping, and the live performances were inspiring. A live and silent auction took place throughout the night and the mood and weather were perfect. If you haven’t made it to this great event yet, save the date for next year!

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You can also check out our time at the 2013 Audi FEASTIVAL: Click Here.

For more info visit: www.phillyfeastival.com

 wpid-image-f85d10ec74f0f4f71d650595d0b1751d2c3298018257e1fd8737748f5791e3f6-v.jpgOn Sunday September 29th we made a final trip to the Atlantic City Boardwalk to officially bid farewell to Summer. The 2014 DO AC Boardwalk Wine Promenade took place on both Saturday and Sunday and the weekend weather could not have been more perfect.  This is the 2nd year for the festival, presented by FOOD & WINE Magazine. The Boardwalk was lined for a whole mile with various tents featuring wine tastings from over 100 wines, wine seminars featuring expert Leslie Sbrocco, food samples from a few popular local restaurants, and our favorite….the Moet & Chandon’s Bubbly Lounge complete with DJ and picture booth.  We are already looking forward to next year’s event.

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Enjoy the show….

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For more info visit: www.atlanticcitynj.com/wine.

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Wine on the Boardwalk

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It’s going to be a gorgeous weekend here in Philly…and Jersey! What better way to welcome Fall and officially say goodbye to Summer than with the “DO AC” Boardwalk Wine Promenade?! This is the 2nd year for the festival, sponsored by Food & Wine Magazine, which will offer over 100 wines for sampling, seminars with wine experts, a Bubble Lounge sponsored by Moet, food from some of your favorite shore restaurants, live music, an art walk, and so much more! Tickets are still available. You have your choice of Saturday or Sunday, 12-5pm….or both! Spend just a little more and you can even get early entrance and special treatment with VIP tickets.

If you are anywhere near Jersey’s historical Atlantic City Boardwalk, you don’t want to miss this! And if your Summer was spent with drives down to the shore….this is the perfect way to end it and welcome Fall. Hope to see you there!

WHAT: The DO AC BOARDWALK WINE PROMENADE

WHERE: Atlantic City Boardwalk (Between Iowa Ave. & Brighton Park)

WHEN: Sat & Sun, Sept 27th – 28th 2014, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm (11:00 am VIP Admittance)

HOW: Purchase tickets for Saturday (General – $65, VIP – $85) or Sunday (General – $55, VIP – $70)

For more info and to purchase your tickets go to: www.doatlanticcity.com/wine

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Cheers to Five Years

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What do you get when you put together art, food from the city’s top chefs and endless drinks? An amazing night of celebrating for a good cause. This week in Philly the culinary event of the year is back! The 2014 Audi FEASTIVAL, presented by Philadelphia Magazine/Foobooz, PECO, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is all set to take place on Thursday, Sept. 18th. The 5th annual event will once again be co-hosted by 3 culinary inspirations: Stephen Starr, Michael Solomonov, and Audrey Claire Taichmanraise to help raise funds for FringeArts. Once again you will be able to witness unique artistic live performances while enjoying food from over 75 of the top restaurants and bars in the city. A live and silent auction will also take place.

This year FEASTIVAL has a new venue. Tickets are still available. Read about the great time we enjoyed last year: Click Here.

What: 2014 Audi FEASTIVAL to benefit FringeArts – Philadelphia

Where: Penn’s Landing, 1 North Delaware Avenue on the Delaware River waterfront between Market and Chestnut Streets

When: Thursday, Sept. 19th, 7pm-10pm

How: Visit www.phillyfeastival.com for more info and to purchase your tickets. (Early Admission VIP tickets available!)

Hope to see you there…Cheers!

~Vino & Vintage

“This year is a watershed moment for us — it’s the fifth year of FEASTIVAL, and the first year that FringeArts has its own building,” says FringeArts Board President Richard Vague. “With that, we will expand from 16 days to well over 100 days of performances annually — and that means an unprecedented level of groundbreaking theater and dance for Philadelphia.”

 

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Football, Chili and Wine..Oh My!

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Well, we survived our first football season weekend….and the Eagles won! In honor of our first football Sunday, we indulged in some homemade chili and wine. Yup, that’s right…football, chili and wine make for a great Sunday afternoon. We got a little inspired after being invited to participate in Riunite’s Ultimate Chili Challenge. Chili and Lambrusco? Hmmm…wine not?! 

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So we cooked up our special hot turkey chili made with Del Monte diced tomatoes and Louisiana Hot Sauce (along with other ingredients that will remain a secret) and paired it with a chilled Lambrusco from Riunite. The red wine’s light and spritzy qualities and the spicy, bold flavors of the chili balanced each other out to make for a great tailgate (or “home-gate”) pairing.

If you’ve got a great chili recipe and you love wine then you definitely don’t want to miss Riunite’s nationwide chili cook-off.  The Grand Prize is a trip for two to Arizona for the Super Bowl in February 2015!

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To enter the contest: Click Here. The deadline is September 20, 2014.

See more details below….

Visit the Reunite Tailgate Website

Follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Hashtag: #RiuniteChili

Good Luck!

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