Friday, July 31, 2015


Philadelphia bartenders take the season to heart, building menus that reflect both the calendar and the thermometer.
If you dine at Chef Joe Cicala's Brigantessa (1520 E. Passyunk Ave.), have a hearty meal and someone offers you voli dei Amari – flights of Amari – don't be afraid.
A longtime manager is now running the show.
Two months ago, I wrote a column featuring three breezy rosés for spring at $15 or less. But with plenty of warm-weather sipping still ahead, I've been reminded there are some more substantial rosés.
Something smells about Not Your Father's Root Beer, and I'm not talking about the heavy dose of vanilla extract that flavors the suddenly popular brew.
"There are some New Jersey wines that deserve a place in any discussion of fine wine, alongside wines from Western Europe and California."