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April Wine Tastings at Jet!

Tuesday, April 11th – Wine Tasting: Spartacus!
When?  Tuesday, April 11th
What Time?  6:30pm – 8:30pm
How Much?  $30

Spartacus… through wine!

Spartacus – the man, the myth, the legend! His life has been (partially) chronicaled, from his success in the gladiators’ arena to his military prowess in leading a slave revolt in the Roman Republic, ca 73 BC.

Let’s drink some wine and follow the path of Spartacus from his Thracian beginnings, training in Capua, refuge on Mt. Vesuvius, and eventual defeat at Senarchia.

His route will take us through these 5 wines:

  • Ciro Picariello Fiano di Avellino 2014
  • Quinta do Monte d’Oiro, Lybra Arinto 2012
  • Chamlija Papaskarasi Thrace 2014
  • Mastroberardino Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Rosso DOC 2010
  • San Giovanni Castellabate Campania 2013

(wines subject to change due to PLCB peculiarities)

BONUS: These bottles will be available for sale to-go!

This tasting will be led by Jill Weber, Jet’s owner and our Wining Archaeologist.  Let her guide you through 5 wines and their unique histories.  

Your $30 ticket entitles you to our 5-wine tasting plus light snacks, as well as 15% off your evening’s bar tab AND special pricing on bottles of the evening’s wines (for to-go sales).

Wednesday, April 12th – A Trip to Italy Wine Tasting
When? Wednesday, April 12th
What Time?  7-9 PM
How Much?  $30

No need to book a plane ticket for this trip. We’re tasting our way through Italy right here in Philadelphia. Discover the differences between regions North and South, East and West!  We’ll taste these six wines – bottles of which will also be available for sale!

  • Col Dei Venti Cortese 2015, Piedmont
  • Terlano Muller Thurgau 2015, Alto Adige
  • Rocca Sveva Rose 2015, Veneto
  • Olianas Cannonau 2015, Sardinia
  • Velenosi Lacrima di Morro d’Alba 2015, Marche
  • Casadei Sogno Mediterraneo 2014, Tuscany

This tasting will be led by Jeff Holden from Breakthru Beverage PA. Your $30 ticket entitles you to our 6-wine tasting plus 15% off your evening’s bar tab AND special pricing on bottles of the evening’s wines (for to-go sales).

Philly Wine Week at Jet Wine Bar!

A full week of Wine, Wine, and more Wine!!! Join us for these events during Philly Wine Week

Rosé Monday (20th): See the world with rosé *in* your glasses. We’ve got a global extravaganza of still rosé from open to close, plus a ticketed sparkling rosé tasting in the lounge from 7-9! https://jetwinebar.ticketleap.com/wine-tasting-sparkle-your-world/

Tasting on Tuesday (21st): Unusual grapes of the World is the theme for this ticketed tasting in the lounge from 6:30-8:30. And, explore the wine list all day long with a flight of 3 wines for $12. https://jetwinebar.ticketleap.com/wine-tastingunusual-grapes-of-the-world/

Rainbow Wine Wednesday (22nd): Drink in technicolor! Skip the red and white today, and drink orange, green, black, and pink instead! Color your world even more with our DJ at 9.

Pop-Up Thursday (23rd): Vermouth and Pinchos! Join us for a range of Vermouth – paired with Pinchos from our partner for the evening, Jezabel Careaga! We’ll have Tortilla de Patatas, boquerones, escalivada…and vermouth -by the glass and in flights -from all over, Jet style! Jet’s owner, Jill, and Jezabel will be in the lounge from 7-9 for eating, drinking, and chatting.

Aperitivo Allegro Friday (24th): This aperitivo jawn (cosa!) features a full-on cocktail takeover of concoctions made with wine and grape-based spirits. That definitely means you can get your Spritz on!

Day-Wine Saturday (25th): Afternoon Delights! Skip the tea and crumpets and join us in the lounge for beaujolais with your bran muffins and sherry with your scones! Ticketed tasting from 1-3. https://jetwinebar.ticketleap.com/afternoon-delights-wine-and-pastry-tasting/

Women in Wine Week

March is Women’s History Month, intended to highlight the historic and contemporary contributions of women to society. At Jet Wine Bar, we are celebrating in our favorite way… with wine! Starting on International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8th, we’ll feature six wines made by female winemakers. The United Nations annually makes an official theme for IWD, which this year is #BeBoldForChange.

While this is one glass ceiling that was cracked long ago, female winemakers remain in the minority. We honor their boldness in the pursuit of winemaking-happiness and we are happy to highlight these fantastic winemakers.

Their wines will be available by the glass, or in flights.

So, who are they?

Meredith Smith is the winemaker for Idaho winery, Sawtooth. She started at the winery as a “harvest helper” in 2009, and now crafts their esteemed wines. Skyline Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Syrah, and Malbec, resulting in currant, eucalyptus, black cherries, and plum!

Marion Pral (now Chatelus) makes wine at the eponymous Domaine Marion Pral. Her wines are well-known and well-loved and feature in many a menu’s Beaujolais offerings. Her Beaujolais Blanc is an excellent expression of Beaujolais Chardonnay – a light, nutty, smooth, and stone-fruity organic wine.

Susana Balbo is Argentina’s doyenne of winemaking and was the country’s first international consultant. She now runs 4 labels, including her namesake, “Susana Balbo”, and Crios. The Crios Rose of Malbec is fuller-bodied and flamboyant, with bright-red cherries and strawberries.

Elena Jimenez and Marta Casas are sisters-in-law and winemakers at Parés Balta winery in the Penedes. Pares Balta is in the heart of Cava country, and this Cava has all the hallmarks of a traditional Brut, with a clean, fruity finish.

Elena Brooks is one of our favorite winemakers from “down under”. This Aussie star produces wines at her Dandelion Vineyards in the McLaren Vale. “Menagerie of the Barossa” is her GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mataro), and it is bold and bit beastly, but with a soupcon of rose petals and lavender.

Aurelie Giraudon makes the wine for this family winery, Marcel Giraudon. Located in Chitry – think high-value Chablis – this killer Bourgogne Aligoté has a clean and crisp mouth of lime, mineral, pear, and apple.

Orange is the new… White? Rosé?

The Grape: Pinot Grigio is native to France (as Pinot Gris) but has a second home in northeast Italy and Slovenia, which share a border.  From that area, the grapes have great minerality and acidity, and produce clean, crisp, zippy wines.

The Wine: Mansus Makovec Sivi Pinot r Dobravlje Vipava Valley Slovenia. The estate is found in the Vipava Valley, roughly 20 kilometers from the Italian border.  The wine is made with 100% organically-grown Pinot Grigio, and is “natural”.  It is crisp and acidic, with some nuttiness, some apple, and soft, ripe cherry.  It has some tannin and heft for the red-wine drinker, plus great, chilled minerality for the white-wine drinkers.

Fun Fact: Orange Wine?  It is chemical compounds found in the skin of grapes that help determine their color. Generally speaking, “red” grapes have reddish skins and “white” grapes have whitish/greenish skins. Those colors are not found in the juice of most grapes, so making a wine of color depends on allowing the skins to remain in contact with the grape juice for some period of time; the darker the desired color, the longer the skin contact. “Orange” wines are those made with “white” grapes, but with prolonged skin contact, which causes the color to darken more than normal (for a white wine). The resulting depth of color depends on the length of skin-contact, but also on the color compounds found in the grapes. Those found in Pinot Grigio, which is a so-called “color mutation” of the red pinot-noir grape, result in darker, amber-colored wine with prolonged skin contact.

Pairing: Try it with our gorgonzola dolce.

 

Wine with your Samba: Dadivas Chardonnay

The Grape: Chardonnay. This is definitely one of the best-known white grapes around and is grown, basically, everywhere. It is a fairly “neutral” grape whose flavor in wine is heavily driven by terroir: the soil, the surrounding flora, the water, etc. Despite that neutrality, the flavors typically include white-fleshed fruits like pears. It is frequently made into still and sparkling wines, and champagne made solely from chardonnay is called Blanc de Blancs.

The Wine: Dadivas Chardonnay, Lidio Carraro, Brazil. This wine is made in Rio Grande do Sul, where the estate maintains a “Purist” philosophy of grape-growing and wine-making; in essence, they adhere to minimal intervention. For this wine, 100% Chardonnay grapes are fermented and aged 8 months in stainless tanks. The wine is redolent of daisies and pears, with more pear and Granny Smith apples on the palate. It has a great, creamy texture and a long-lasting finish.

Fun Fact: The Rio Grande do Sul is at Brazil’s southern tip, and borders both Uruguay and Argentina. While Italian immigrants are at the forefront of the country’s wine industry, the native inhabitants were the Guarani. Guarani hold an animistic view of the world, in which plants and animals have the faculties of humans. One Guarani belief is that good spirits live in flowers, which get transported by hummingbirds… maybe into the grapes!
Pairing: Try it with our red beet pickled eggs.

Visions and Heresy: Joan of Arc’s Wine Trail

Joan of Arc lived a short, eventful, and ultimately tragic life in the 15th century AD. She was famous for her piety, her seemingly brilliant military strategy, and the witty repartee she exhibited at her heresy trial. She is also famous for her death, which came at the tender age of 19, when she was burned at the stake. She was declared a martyr, beatified, cannonized, and is a patron saint of France. We’ll follow her history as we always do… circuitously, and with wine.

Enjoy more of the Wining Archaeologist‘s wine tasting recap here: http://bit.ly/2bmSOuQ

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Jet’s Happy Hour Menu!

Join us from 4-7pm Monday-Sunday for cocktails, beer and house wines on special!

DRINKS

  • Kenzinger 3.00
  • House Wines (Red or White) 5.00
  • Sangria 5.00
  • Red Bliss 6.50
  • Aperol Spritz 7.00

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Attila

Wine Tasting: exploits of Attila the Hun

Attila the Hun!

Attila was king of the Huns from 434-453 AD and ruled over a pretty large empire between that of the Romans (to the West) and Byzantium (to the East). He was feared throughout the land, but was he a masterful militarian and astute diplomat?  Or just a rapacious brigand?

Let’s find out! We’ll visit his home in the Hungarian Plains (sampling from Somlo) and the start of his Balkan rampage in Moesia (Serbian wine!). We’ll also join his foray into Pannonia (and the Niederösterreich vineyards), past Aquilaeia (to Lombardy!), and towards Aurelianum (with a stop in Reims for some champagne…).

We’ll sample these five wines:

  • Champagne Dom Caudron Epicurienne Vielles Vignes Meunier France NV
  • Fekete Juhfark Somlo Hungary 2011
  • Stift Klosterneuberg St Laurent Austria 2013
  • Vino Budimir Triada Serbia 2008
  • Martilde Bonarda DOC Lombardy Italy 2013

This tasting will be led by Jill Weber, Jet’s owner and our Wining Archaeologist.  Let her guide you through 5 wines, exploring culture and landmarks along the way.

This tasting is part of our Global Vineyard Passport Series. Your $30 ticket entitles you to our 5-wine tasting plus light snacks, as well as 15% off your evening’s bar tab.

*You must be 21 or over to participate

Where? Jet Wine Bar, 1525 South Street, 215.735.1116
When?  Tuesday, May 17th
What Time?  6:30pm – 8:30pm
How Much?  $30

**We regret that tickets will not be refunded within 48 hours of the event, or if the event has sold out.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE: http://bit.ly/1Ohdw9g