Wine Talk

Snooth User: Booper127


Posted by Booper127, Jan 28, 2013.

I am living near Philadelphia PA. Looking for some fantastic wines that would be available in this area. I am new to the area so I dont know where to look for the good stuff. Anyone have any ideas?


Reply by EMark, Jan 30, 2013.

Blooper, I do not live near enough to help you with specifics, but why don't you just go to a local retail store and ask a clerk for some advice.  If you don't care for any wine that he/she recommends, move on to another store or a different clerk.

Another idea is to check for a local wine bar and try tastes of wines that they have.

If you want to see what people on this site are tasting and enjoying, check out this (rather lengthy) discussion.

Reply by Mike Madaio, Feb 6, 2013.

The best PLCB store I've been to is in Ardmore. Best selection, best staff, etc. I am less familiar with the Center City stores, but I believe the one on Chestnut St. is held in high regard (for the LCB). There's also Moore Brothers just over the bridge in Jersey - small shop, good selection, helpful staff. Slightly snooty. Total Wine in Delaware is good for a warehouse/discount experience.

For wine bars, Tria is fun. Good, small list, wines served at the right temperature. Panorama has had a great wine list for a long, long time. Jamonera is supposed to have an incredible sherry list, though I've never been. Honestly I try to avoid restaurants with wine lists whenever possible - BYO is just so much more economical.

For wineries, Va La out in Avondale is the best that I've had in the area. Not cheap, but a great tasting (matched with local cheeses). Karamoor is starting to get some good press as well, and J.Maki in Kennett supposedly has very good sparkling wine.

Oh, and of course you should follow my website PA Vine Co., which writes about wine from a PA perspective.

Reply by GregT, Feb 6, 2013.

emark  - problem with Blooper is that the local wine store is a state-owned place. The free state of Pennsylvania decided that it's best if government ran the wine stores.

So it's like shopping in Czechoslovakia or Poland or Hungary before the fall of the Iron Curtain - the treatment you get depends entirely on the whim of the shopkeeper, the knowledge you find depends entirely on luck, and the selection you find depends entirely on the taste/greed of the buyer.

There are a lot of winelovers in the Philly area and my suggestion is to try to hook up with some of them. Mark Squires, who runs the eRoberParker board, is one of them. Many people have issues with him, but he's a good wine person.



Reply by EMark, Feb 7, 2013.

Oh, that is a problem.

Do they have the same state monopoly in New Jersey?  Can Blooper sneak over the border (presumably, in the dead of night), score some good advice, and smuggle some bottles back home?

Reply by duncan 906, Feb 7, 2013.

Government owned wine shops! I always thought that the United States was the spiritual home of free enterprise.Over on this side of the pond every supermarket,convenience store,corner shop and garage is selling wine and there are lots of internet based wine sellers as well.The same is true in France

Reply by vino in love, Feb 7, 2013.


You could try to order wine online.
Wine Searcher is very useful to find a store or online shop that sells a wine you like.

Reply by GregT, Feb 7, 2013.

Sneaking over the border is just what people do when they want to buy wine. It's pretty crazy that in this day and age, we have a situation like we do in PA. Same situation in parts of Canada. Sometimes you find people who are really great, but there's no requirement. It's like a civil service job. I'll stop there. . .

Reply by Mike Madaio, Feb 7, 2013.

You won't have much luck using wine-searcher to find wines to buy in PA. The places who ship are extremely limited. A few of the big players do ship here tho, Zachys, Wine Library. Also WTSO, Last Call and Last Bottle.

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