Wine Tasting in Center City

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On its face, Tria is all about wine, beer, and cheese plates that change daily. But behind the tastings is a menu of "snacks," from house-made lamb sausage and truffled egg toast to roasted beets with Bulgarian feta. Munch on these while considering taking a class on wine, beer, or cheese via Tria’s Fermentation Education program.

1137 Spruce St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Blue Mountain Vineyards owners, Joe and Vickie, are pinot pioneers. Beginning with a 5-acre experiment in 1986, they discovered that the soil of the Lehigh Valley does a fine impression of French terrain, making it suitable for growing the grapes of cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and other European varietals. Since then, they've expanded to a 50-acre plot, where they now produce wines that have won awards from the Fingerlake International Wine Competition and Appellation America.

Panoramic views of the Blue Mountains overlook scenic terraces at the vineyards, where grapes spring from soil that soldiers roamed during the Revolutionary War. Tastings, concerts, and other events fill the winery's glass-flanked deck, spilling onto an outdoor patio surrounded by ponds as tranquil as a silent lullaby. Visitors admire the vines during tours, and they can also adopt their favorites to preserve the vines' flavorful histories.

51 N 12th St.
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Wine and food are inseparable at Jet Wine Bar. For variety, try the daily wine flight and ask for suitable pairings from the menu, which was composed with the wines in mind. House-made hummus, pear and gorgonzola bruschetta, and caprese skewers are just a few of the lighter bites available.

1525 South Street
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Cichetteria 19, one of the first Venetian eateries and osterie (pubs) to unfurl its tasty sails in Philadelphia, allows diners to imbibe their minds and mouths with a medley of meal options, a list of authentic, regional wines, and an atmosphere akin to homeland camaraderie. The menu consists of cichetti (small dishes), which are designed to contrast one another while complementing a grapey quaff. Available individually ($5), in a trio ($12), or as a family of five ($19), cichetti options include roasted shrimp with caper berries, flash-fried calamari in tomato sauce, house-made toasted bread, prosciutto and melon, and more. The remainder of the menu is occupied with fresh pizza selections such as the white Bassano, topped with gorgonzola, fig, prosciutto, and arugula ($15), and a range of prearranged plates, including lemon risotto ($21). To top off any meal, gracious guests can slide forks through rich tiramisu infused with sweet satiability and Italian grandmother hugs ($7).

267 S 19th St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Italy’s rich culinary tradition is made all the more appealing by the Italian language’s evocative sounds and constructions. Luckily, even if you're not fluent in the language of love, Panini's Trattoria still has you covered: their menu includes detailed English descriptions of each Italian dish. Authentic combinations and familiar classics populate the lineup, including signature paninis lined with sweet Italian sausage, chicken cutlets, or roasted turkey. A BYOB destination, the restaurant welcomes wine-toting diners, inviting them to clink glasses from the own cellars over plates of classic spaghetti with meatballs, or tender veal picatta in lemon caper butter sauce.

317 Market St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Just as the Roman god Bacchus represented both wine and revelry together, Pinot Boutique celebrates wine by?how else??throwing parties. The staff regularly stages wine-tasting events?including the recurring Vino Voyage, held aboard a 19th-century warship, Olympia ?and hosts several events amid the exposed-brick walls in its downstairs venue, known as The Cellar. Upstairs, the shop?s main floor is dedicated to fostering at-home celebrations, earning the title Best Gift Shop of 2012 from Philadelphia Magazine. The acclaimed boutique displays accessories such as wineglass charms, corkscrews, and picnic gear to complement an exclusive selection of vintage wines and fresh labels from Pennsylvania's Paradocx Vineyard.

227 Market St
Philadelphia,
PA
US