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October is PA Wine Month!

come to Jet to take a drive through the PA countryside

October is PA (as in Pennsylvania) Wine Month and we are joining the fun by featuring 3 of our very favorite wineries: Galen Glen, Stargazers, and Va La. Never tried PA wines? You are in for treat!

All month long we’ll have a wine from each winery, available by-the-glass or – at Happy Hour (5-7 daily) – in a flight of 3 for $15.

We’ll start the month with three,exceptional rosés, move to cool-weather whites, and finish with 3, outstanding reds.

The Wineries

Stargazers Winery

We’ve been big fans of Stargazers for a while now. Jet’s very first menu – in November of 2010 – featured their magical, 2008 Cabernet Franc. It was a customer favorite then, and our appreciation for John’s wines has only grown since.

IMG_20170930_144421931_HDR (694x1024)Stargazers is found in the rolling hills of Chester County, an hours drive out of Philly to Coatesville. John Weygandt – with his late-wife Alice – planted the first vines in 1979 before creating wines under the Stargazers’ label in 1996. John and Alice were pioneers in many ways, by championing solar energy and sustainable agriculture, coordinating the efforts of the growing, PA wine-community and, above all, visualizing the potential for high-quality wines from grapes grown in the local soils.

The name, Stargazers, is a nod to the Mason-Dixon line, and the observation tower that was used to survey the land and create the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania.  The location of the tower – the Star Gazers tower – is today marked by a stone.

This month at Jet you can look forward to:

  • Rose Gold – an approachable rosé of Pinot Noir, with minty/nutty start and a soft cherry and white-pepper finish
  • Arneis – The piemontese grape does very well here, and this Arneis is creamy (it spends ample time sur lies) fruity, and well-balanced with acid. 
  • Warp Drive – Petit Verdot is one of our favorite grapes, and this PV blend has all of its dusty, lavender, white-flower charms.

Galen Glen

photo: Lenn Thompson, thecorkreport.us
photo: Sarah and Clemens, the wine Lab

Sarah and Galen Troxell own and operate Galen Glen. The vineyards are ideally situated on glacially deposited, fosilliferous shale at cooler, higher altitude amidst mountains.  This land used to be underwater, as evidenced by the Crinoid (sea creatures) fossils that litter the ground. According to Sarah, “no one noticed (them) until I started pointing them out. It’s overwhelming to touch something 360 million years old and think about the vastness of time.” The couple took over Galen’s family estate in 1995, and started planting vines. Sarah’s wine-making skills have been well-recognized, and are especially apparent in her structured, mineral driven, German-influenced offerings. Experimentation with german grapes has paid off for the couple. Sarah famously planted Grüner Veltliner in the vineyards not after tasting the grape, but after reading about it and the food with which it pairs well; Galen Glen’s Grüner now garners numerous awards.

  • Vinology Rosé – this easy drinker is off-dry, fruity, and zippy, with a looong finish.
  • Stone Cellar Gewurztraminer – a beautiful, minerally wine with tropical fruit undertones and good citrus-y zest.
  • Stone Cellar Zweigelt – a little spice, earth, and bright berries.

Va La Vineyards

IMG_20170930_163513401_HDR (742x1024)Va La is the youngest of our featured wineries; the first vines were planted in 1999 and the winery doors opened in 2002. Anthony and Karen Vietri own the small – but storied – Avondale vineyard on land that has been in Anthony’s family since 1928. Growing up, his family bought wine grapes from Rancho Cucamonga, CA, not realizing the land’s grape potential. Coincidentally, while on a trip to California, Anthony and Karen stumbled upon the very-same vineyard that supplied grapes to Anthony’s parents and grandparents; the couple subsequently used grapes from that vineyard to make wine for their wedding.

Today, the Vietris no longer need to purchase grapes. They grow numerous – mainly Italian – grapes on their small property (under 10 acres), which they craft into field blends. For their efforts, Va La has been named among the 101 Best Wineries in America for 4 years running.

Try these wines during October at Jet:

  • Silk – a juicy, fruit forward, lightly-spiced dry rosato. Pleasing to the palate.
  • La Prima Donna – a field-blend “orange” wine (extended skin-contact) that is mead-y, fruity, nutty, complex, and wholly delicious.
  • Castana – Only made occasionally, the name is an homage to the “chestnut” treasure of Vietri family-lore. Dark, rich, and complex.

While we are featuring wine from these three wineries, there are many more to try among Pennsylvania’s xx. Over the years, Jet has featured wines – in one form or other – from these additional wineries:  Allegro Winery, Black Walnut WineryBlair Vineyards, Briar Valley WineryCrossings Vineyard, Fero VineyardsGaler Estate, Grace Winery, Karamoor Estate, Penns Woods, Pinnacle Ridge, Presque Isle, Waltz, Wycombe Vineyards. Try one or try them all!

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National Wine and Cheese Day with Jet Wine Bar & Di Bruno Bros.

Wine and Cheese Tasting

 

National Wine and Cheese Day is July 25th and we are celebrating in the only way that makes sense to us… with a National Wine and Cheese Tasting!  What does that mean? That means we are pairing wines from the East Coast (Pennsylvania and New Jersey) and from the West Coast (California, Oregon, and Washington) with cheeses from the same locales, selected by cheese-guru Austin Peeler of Philly’s own Di Bruno Bros.!  While, alone, great wine and great cheese taste fine, together they are divine. Also, at Jet we always get our cheese from Di Bruno Bros!

What to expect?

  • Washington: Division Gamay Noir– Cascadia Creamery Sawtooth
  • California: Farmstrong Carignan Rosé – Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog
  • Oregon: Holden Vermentino – Rogue River Smokey Blue
  • New Jersey: Alba Riesling – Cherry Grove Farm Abruzze Jawn
  • Pennsylvania: Stargazers Grüner Veltliner – Farm at Doe Run St. Malachi (both from Coatsville!)

*please note that this tasting includes raw-milk cheese

(wines subject to change due to PLCB peculiarities)

BONUS: A very limited number of these bottles will be available for sale to-go!

This tasting will be led by Jill Weber, Jet’s owner and our Wining Archaeologist, and Austin Peeler, Cheese and Bottle Shop Specialist at Di Bruno Bros. Franklin Market.

Your $45 ticket entitles you to our paired tasting of 5 wines and 5 cheese, as well as 15% off your evening’s bar tab AND special pricing on bottles of the evening’s wines (for to-go sales).

Seating is very limited.

*You must be 21 or over to participate

Where? Jet Wine Bar, 1525 South Street, 215.735.1116
When?  Tuesday, July 25th
What Time?  6:30pm – 8:30pm
How Much?  $45

TICKETS: https://jetwinebar.ticketleap.com/wine-and-cheese-tasting/details

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

January Wine Tastings

Wine Tasting: Some Like it Hot

Some like it hot, but… baby, it’s cold outside!

So, we’ll turn up the heat with a tasting of high-alcohol wines. What *is* a ‘high-alcohol wine”? Generally, it is a wine with more than 14% alcohol by volume (ABV). That heat is sure to warm you!

This tasting will be led by Jill Weber, Jet’s owner and our Wining Archaeologist.  Let her guide you through 5 wines, and feel a little heat in this first tasting of 2017.

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).

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE: https://jetwinebar.ticketleap.com/wine-tasting-some-like-it-hot/details

WINTER WINES “TRY & BUY”

Drop by Jet’s Lounge on Sunday, January 15th, anytime between 2-4 to explore Wines for Winter! We’ll have wines for all occasions – wines for warming by the fireplace, watching your favorite movie, eating cassoulet, or just hanging out. In true Jet fashion, we’ll have wines from all over the world! Think Turkey, Lebanon, Slovenia, Argentina, and more! Don’t know which you’d like to buy? No problem. $5 gets you in the door to taste as many wines as you’d like. Try first, then buy bottles to-go!

These wines are not available in-store in Pennsylvania.

Our hosts for the afternoon are wine expert and owner of CBL Imports, Tony Jones, and Jet’s owner and “wining archaeologist”, Jill Weber.

The $5 you spend to taste our wines will be deducted from your bottle(s) purchase-price. Each guest can purchase up to 4 bottles.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE: https://jetwinebar.ticketleap.com/winter-wines-try-and-buy/

Mineralogy: Six Terroirs of France Wine Tasting

Want to know more about French wine? Or do you wonder how Alsatian wines differ from the wines of Gascogne? Loire from Bordeaux? Look to the soil…  Notes of minerals, water, ambient flora, and more all feature in your wine thanks to that crazy little thing called “Terroir”.

Join Jeff Holden from Breakthru Beverage PA at Jet Wine Bar on Wednesday, January 25th for a guided tasting of 6 French wines and their particular mineralogy!

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE: https://jetwinebar.ticketleap.com/mineral-ology-six-terroirs-of-france-wine-tasting/details

December Wine Tastings

Jet Wine Bar will be hosting three wine tastings and bottle sale events to help you celebrate the holidays. From a “Blends are my Friends tasting to a “’Tis the Season to be Bubbly Bottle Try & Buy” we have something for everyone! See tickets and more information below.

Wine Tasting: Time Machine Edition Hosted by Jill Weber, Owner and Wining Archaeologist

Date: Tues, December 6th Time: 6:30-8:30PM

About: Take a trip back in time for wine! What do Dave Brubeck, King Béla I, and Spain share in common? All have milestones associated with December 6th – the day of our tasting! Join Jill Weber, our owner and Wining Archaeologist, for wines from Hungary, Spain, Austria, California, and Texas!

Event Link: https://jetwinebar.ticketleap.com/wine-tasting-time-travel/details

Thanksgiving Wines “Try and Buy” Hosted by wine expert, Giacomo Di Lisi, of Soilair Selections and Jet’s owner and “Wining Archaeologist”, Jill Weber.

Date: Wed, December 14th Time: 7:00 – 9:00PM

About: Why use just one grape? Join Jeff Holden from Breakthru Beverage PA for a guided tasting of 6 red blends from around the world: Bordeaux, Corbieres, Priorat, Tuscany, California’s Central Valley, and Imathia, Greece. From the traditional to the unexpected, we’ll taste just what makes these red blends our friends!

Event Link: https://jetwinebar.ticketleap.com/blends-are-my-friends/

‘Tis the Season to be Bubbly “Bottle Try and Buy” Hosted by wine expert, Giacomo Di Lisi, of Soilair Selections and Jet’s owner and “Wining Archaeologist”, Jill Weber.

Date: Sun, December 18th Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM

About: Drop by Jet’s Lounge on Sunday, December 18th, any time between 2-4 to explore an assortment of bubbles! We’ll have white, pink, red, spumante, crémant, prosecco, champagne… We’ll have wines for all occasions – your favorite meal, a big date, or New Years Eve! Try first, then buy bottles to-go!

Event Link: https://jetwinebar.ticketleap.com/tis-the-season-to-be-bubbly/

Jet’s Month of Tastings!

Jet Wine Bar will be hosting three wine tastings and bottle sale events this November. From a “Blends are my Friends tasting to a “Thanksgiving Wine “Buy & Try”’ we have something for everyone. See tickets and more information below.

 

pasted-image-at-2016_11_07-12_40-pm“Drink like a Pilgrim (kind of)” Hosted by Jill Weber, Owner and Wining Archaeologist

Date: Tuesday, November 15th

Time: 6:30-8:30 PM

 

About: What did the Pilgrims drink at the first Thanksgiving? Not wine. But what wine might they have drunk? That is what we are here to find out. Jill Weber will guide you through 5 wines and the circuitous path of the Pilgrims.

Event Link: https://jetwinebar.ticketleap.com/wine-tasting-drink-like-a-pilgrim-kind-of/details

20101101-thanksgivingwine-500Thanksgiving Wines “Try and Buy” Hosted by wine expert, Giacomo Di Lisi, of Soilair Selections and Jet’s owner and “Wining Archaeologist”, Jill Weber.

Date: Sunday, November 20th                                 Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM

 

About: Drop by Jet’s Lounge to explore wines perfect for Thanksgiving. Not sure which wines to pour with your fabulous (or, at least, big) meal? No problem. $5 gets you in the door to taste as many wines as you’d like. Try first, then buy bottles to-go!

Event Link: https://jetwinebar.ticketleap.com/thanksgiving-wine-try-and-buy-at-jet/

Rosé from the Lone Star State

The Grape(s): Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault… There are many grapes in this blend, but what links them? Winemaker Bo Salling specifically wanted to make a Provence-style red, and he sourced grape varietals from Texas’ High Plains that are quite at home in that land between the Rhone Valley and the Mediterranean.

The Wine: Yellow City Cellars Dead Flowers Rosé High Plains AVA Texas is the only wine the producer makes. It is a bold (think Bandol) cherry and strawberry stunner, with great mineral, and tinged with a Texas garrigue of wild herbs.

Fun Fact: Bo Salling worked with winemaker Kim McPherson to make this wine. Kim is the son of pioneering Texas winemaker, Clinton “Doc” McPherson; the latter was among the first to plant grapes around Lubbock in the 1960’s, and opened the Llano Estacado Winery in 1976 (with Bob Reed). There are now over 70 vineyards planted to commercial production in the High Plains.

Pairing: Try it with our truffle tremor cheese, or our smoked salmon BLT.

A truly global Italian wine

The grape: Pinot Grigio is a popular, widely-planted grape. It likely originated in France – as a mutant of Pinot Noir. It is generally called Pinot Grigio in Italy and California, Pinot Gris in France and Oregon.

The wine: Scarbolo Pinot Grigio Friuli Grave DOC is made from 100% hand-harvested Pinot Grigio. It is aged on the lees for 6 months, which gives it a creamy texture and added depth. The wine has the crisp minerality and fullness of fruit for which the area is known, along with almonds and fuller, honeyed notes.  This delightful wine is from the famed Scarbolo estate, found in Friuli Venezia Giulia, near the border with Slovenia.

Fun fact: Scarbolo is located in the town of Lauzacco, in Pavia di Udine. Lauzacco lies roughly equi-distant from Forum Iulii (Cividale del Friuli) and Aquileia; the two towns succeeded each other as primary Roman centers in the 1st half of the 1st millennium AD. The strategic region has episodically been part of the Roman, Lombard, Byzantine, Venetian, Lombard-Venetian, and Italian Kingdoms, Empires, and Republics.

Pairing: Perfect with the prosciutto bruschetta, or chilled Thai noodle salad!

Jet Wine Bar – Winery Tour

Join us as we hit the road to visit three wineries in our backyard!

We’ll travel to Chester and Delaware Counties to visit Grace Winery,Stargazers Vineyard, and Galer Estate. Our Wining Archaeologist and Jet’s owner, Jill Weber, will lead us on a journey to great-tasting local wines. Our stop at Grace Winery will include lunch.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 2016
11:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • We depart Jet Wine Bar by private coach at 11am and return at 6pm
  • Ticket price includes all tasting fees and lunch.
  • Must be 21 to attend!

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

For further questions, please contact Qamara at qamara@jetwinebar.com.

Chilean wine from vines older than the USA

The Grape: Pais is a vigorous, red grape that was once Chile’s most commonly-grown varietal. While it was long associated with plonk, it is now being produced into quality wine; like the one found here.

The Wine: Pais Pipeño Cacique Maravilla, Chile is made with 100% organically-grown hand-picked Pais, from vines planted in 1766 – or 10 years before the birth of America!  Fermentation is done in open tanks with natural yeasts. The wine is unfiltered. The wine is light-bodied, juicy, tannic, and decidedly rustic. Find all the wild herbs and fruits!

Fun Fact: The history of Pais in Chile is significant, and dates to the Spanish conquistadors and missions of the 15th century. The vines brought to the New World by those colonizers gave rise to North America’s Mission grape, Argentina’s Criolla, and Chile’s Pais.

Pairing: Very food-friendly, try it with gouda, deviled eggs, or our steak salad!