May 17, 2017
By Brian Freedman | March 10, 2017 | Food & Drink
See, swirl, sniff, sip, and savor spring's best bottles during Philly Wine Week.
Davio’s has its own private-label wines, both red and white.
Now in its third year, Philly Wine Week, March 19 to 26, will be highlighting the grape in all kinds of interesting and delicious ways at more than 60 restaurants and bars. Here, four oenophile favorites for raising a glass.
Panorama general manager and Wine Director Bill Eccleston co-founded Philly Wine Week with Kate Moroney, of Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro, in 2014. The wine program Eccleston has developed over the years, including more than 150 wines by the glass, is one of the city’s most notable for Italian reds like the Cantina Frentana Terre Valse Montepulciano and stunning American beauties like the Billsboro Semi-Dry Riesling. Penn’s View Hotel, 14 N. Front St., 215-922-7800
Wine Week is yet another reason to head on up to that regal, second-floor aerie that is Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse. Pair one of the legendary steaks with a phenomenal bottle of Iuli Rossore 2012, a deeply expressive California red like the Merriam Cabernet Franc 2011, or one of the restaurant’s exquisite private-label wines. 111 S. 17th St., 215-563-4810
ONE WINE AT A TINE
Fork, a mainstay of Philly dining for nearly two decades, has, in the past few years, become a nationally lauded destination. No wonder: The food here is nothing short of stunning, and the wine program, featuring such stellar bottles as the Olga Raffault Les Picasses Chinon 2010 and the Champagne Colin Cuvée Alliance, works alongside the vision of the kitchen impeccably. 306 Market St., 215-625-9425
HAM IT UP
Jamonera is one of Philly’s finest homages to the glories of Iberian cuisine—not to mention a wine and sherry program that’s a study in Spanish grapes. For Wine Week, we love the R. López de Heredia Viña Gravonia Crianza 2003, a white wine for white-wine skeptics, or the Rotllan Torra 2012 from Priorat. Also look for special Wine Week events, like a dinner with 10 tapas and sparkling-wine pairings. 105 S. 13th St., 215-922-6061
PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICOLAS WAYNE (WINE); DOMINIC EPISCOPO (FOOD)