Thanksgiving Wines – to-go!

November is here, which means that Thanksgiving is nearly upon us! For foodies and epicurians, few days are as delightful as is Thanksgiving with all of its meats, potatoes, casseroles, veggies, and pies.

But, because it is such a special meal, it can also draw some anxiety around wine selections. The perfect meal needs the perfect wine, right? Well, sure. Of course there is no perfect wine, but Jet’s owner, Jill, has selected a few that she thinks are perfect for a Thanksgiving meal. And, you can buy them at Jet Wine Bar (details below)!

So, this is how I pick my Thanksgiving wines.

For meats, I like to choose wines that mimic accompaniments to the particular dish. So, for turkey I like a wine that acts like cranberry sauce: tart and juicy. This is why so many people will serve gamay, but it applies to all grapes that produce lighter-bodied, juicy, and acidic wines. Portuguiser (also called Blauer Portuguiser) is similar in having a fresh, juicy feel. Agrina Doo from Serbia is a nice one. Pennsylvania’s Chambourcin is a fantastic choice, generally with wild, brambly, juicy blackberry notes and a good, acidic tartness. You absolutely cannot go wrong with Galen Glen’s. I like a Blaufrankisch, here, as well. These have a bit more tannin and spice, but not everyone wants cranberry sauce. Try Blau from Weingut Heinrich.

What about those veggies? I find Italian wines to be among my favorite for vegetables.

As with the turkey, think about what would accompany the vegetables. Would you sprinkle raw, slivered almonds on top? Try something young and fresh with “green” notes (of raw almonds, or green olives)?. That sounds to me like a young Vernaccia di San Gimignano, and Cesani makes one of my favorites.

Or, is your vegetable better with a shaving of cheese? Try something a little softer and nuttier, like Arneis. Ceretto Blange Arneis has been my go-to. Or, how about one of my newest favorites? Lugana.  Ca’Lojera’s is perfect: a little rounder, with mint and melon, and with great acidity.

Want to go a little different? Please, please, please try a Hungarian white, like Juhfark or Hárslevelű. Not only are they fun to say, they have some qualities of both of the above. Juhfark is full and nutty, while still being fresh, green, and crisp. Hárslevelű has more honey, sharpened with some lime and peach. How do they do it? I do not know, but apparently the folks at Csetvei Pincészet (Juhfark) and Carpinus (Hárslevelű ) do know. Try the Juhfark with a vegan entree, like cauliflower “steak”, or with a green-bean casserole. That Hárslevelű will hit the spot with sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, or just waiting by the oven!

Interested in adding these to your Thanksgiving Meal? Jet Wine Bar will be selling them in sets of 3, for $80.

Choose between:

  • Agrina Doo, Portuguiser (2018)
  • Ca’Lojera, Lugana (2018)
  • Carpinus Winery, Tokaji Hárslevelű Tokaj (2017)


  • Weingut Heinrich, Neusiedlersee Blaufränkisch (2016)
  • Cesani, Vernaccia di San Gimignano (2018)
  • Csetvei Pincészet, Mór Juhfark (2015)

Order yours today by visiting Jet Wine Bar at 1525 South Street, or contact

Wine *must* be ordered by 2 pm November 19th, and *must* be picked up from Jet between Friday Nov 23rd (after 5pm) through Wednesday Nov 27th.

PA Wine Month… & Hamilton!

October is PA Wine month. We love PA wines, and will have 4, special ones all month long. AND, we are celebrating Hamilton at the same time! We are highlighting the Commonwealth’s vinous bounty, while connecting our local wines to a statesman with local connections, Alexander Hamilton.  Enjoy wines and fun facts associated with Hamilton: his role preventing the secession of “Westsylvania” (no, really!) whilst the first Sectretary of the Treasury, his job as aid to General Washington when the Brits took Philly, and his special connection to the Liberty Bell. This “tour” is available as a flight of 4 wines for $20, all month long.

We are featuring these wines

  • Stony Run Winery Grüner Veltliner
  • Penns Woods Winery Rosé
  • Fero Vineryards Bison Roots Orange
  • Fero Vineryards Saperavi

and… do you see what I see? We have a white ( Grüner ), a white made like a red (Bison Roots Orange), a red made like a white ( Rosé ), and a red (Saperavi) 🙂

Drink some great, PA wine, explore different varietals and techniques, and learn some fun facts about Alexander Hamilton.

Special Menu on Sundays and Mondays – from Rex 1516!

Now you can enjoy your favorite, savory Southern dishes with your favorite wines!

Every Sunday and Monday after 5pm, the Rex 1516 menu is available to guests at Jet Wine Bar.

Want to have “Philly’s Best” burger with your blaukrankisch? Now you can!

Want to taste Finke’s Widow sparkling wine together with pimento cheese? Do it.

Escargot and Yapincak? Give it a try!

The entire Rex 1516 menu can be viewed here.

Did I mention a Gluten-Free menu is available? Well, it’s true.

Wine Gift Baskets are Here

Need a gift for someone special? Let Jet do your holiday shopping for you!

This holiday season, we are offering two different baskets filled with wine and other goodies.

Our “Festive” Basket includes 1 bottle of Sparkling wine, 1 bottle of red wine, house made, spicy mixed-nuts, house made chocolate-covered pretzels and a $10 gift card to Jet!
Festive Basket $49


Our “Champagne” Basket includes 1 bottle of Champagne, 1 bottle of premium red wine, house made, spicy mixed-nuts, house made chocolate-covered pretzels, a jar of artisan olives, and a $25 gift card to Jet!
Champagne Basket $99


Both gifts come festively wrapped and ready to give!


Please note baskets must be purchased at Jet Wine Bar.
For more information, contact

Book Your Holiday Party!

Are you ready for the holiday season?
Let us help!

We offer:

  • Private Room
  • Wine-tasting packages starting at $35/person
  • Food and/or Drink Packages

Want to stay closer to home?
Let us come to you with:

  • Wine Tastings
  • Catering
  • Wine-to-go

Don’t forget gift cards from Jet Wine Bar, or from our sister restaurants, Rex 1516 and Cafe Ynez!

For more information and to book *your* party, contact

Philly Wine Week 2019

It’s Coming! The 6th annual Philly Wine Week is happening April 1st-7th!

So much wine to be had and a whole 7 days to enjoy it.

Philly Wine Week is all about enjoying wine – however you like it. There are tons of great events each day, all around town. The official calendar can be found here – take a look and try something new.

Don’t forget that Opening Corks starts it all off! This year’s opening party is on March 31st at the Bellevue, so you know it will be fancy! Buy tickets here.

Philly Wine Week 2019 – Jet style.

Monday 1st, Sex and Wine: Powerful, Sultry, and Smooth

How do *you* talk about wine? Do you think of wine as “male” or “female”? Androgynous? Trans? Sex-based, gendered adjectives like “muscular”, “pretty”, and “buxom” are frequently used to describe wines. But why? How do *you* refer to wine? Is it static? Or fluid?

We’ll taste wines all along the gender spectrum, and talk about their traits.

Join us for this fun and spirited evening of wine and conversation about sex and gender in wine. Announcing our special-guest host, Miss Karen VonSay!

Let’s talk about sex, baby!

Price $50 – BUY TICKETS

These wines will also be available at the bar.


Tuesday 2nd, 4pm-close Rainbow Wine Night

Back by popular demand, you can once again drink away the night in technicolor splendor! For our 3rd annual Rainbow-Wine Night, we’ll again have wine in its multi-hued glory: green, orange, black, pink… A veritable rainbow. Come as you are and wear your own colors!

Flights of 6 wines are $25


Wednesday 3rd, 8 pm Movie Trivia and Wine

Calling all film buffs. Do you know your cinema trivia? Test your knowledge during Movie Trivia. Starting at 8pm, teams will compete in 3 rounds of film trivia. Prizes!

Themed wine and cocktail specials available all night.


Thursday 4th, Local Flavor: Foraged Foods and Local Wines

It’s a local extravaganza!

Join us for a pairing of foods locally-foraged by Heather McMonnies of Food Hedge, and wines from nearby PA and NJ wineries, selected by Jill Weber, Jet’s owner and Wining Archaeologist. Food prepared by our Executive Chef, Justin Swain.

Jill and Heather will lead this seated tasting in Jet’s lounge. Learn about foraging, and the food and wine in your backyard!


There will also be a limited number of paired plates/wines at the bar, 4-close, PAYG

Friday 5thBubbles and Bites Cocktail Party

Do you have Champagne wishes and caviar dreams? Join us for Sparkling wine and posh, paired bites from 6-9pm in our swanky lounge. We’ll bring out bubbles of all types, along with butlered hors d’oeuvres. Expect a new pairing every half hour! Stay for while, or stay the whole time, but stay sparkling.

$60 in advance BUY TICKETS / $65 at door

Sparkling-wine flights and food specials are to be had at the bar all night.


Saturday 6th, Wine Tasting: Napa & Sonoma

Experience the wines of Napa and Sonoma without the great expense. We will be tasting 5 wines from some of Napa’s and Sonoma’s best wineries – including those you may know, and a few you may have never discovered! Two seatings are available for this guided tasting: 5 pm and 7:30 pm. Light snacks.


The experience will also be offered at the bar for those who can’t get into the tastings.$50, plus optional $20 cheese pairings.


Sunday 7th, Wine-Rules Scrabble

Scrabble and Wine – two great things that go great together! In this twist on the game, all wine-related terms (think “field blend”, “pigéage”, “aged in oak”), producer names, grapes, etc, are legal!  We will have multiple boards available to play in the lounge all day long, from noon.



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,
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!






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


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