Wine flights, or a sampling of more than three different types of wines, are a great way to discover wines from the region or abroad. It can be an inexpensive way to try out an expensive wine or to discover new flavors. In Philly, there are plenty of wine bars that offer flights and a fantastic selection of wines from around the world. See below for some of the best places to go for a wine tasting.
14 N. Front St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Ristorante Panorama is located in the Penn’s View Hotel in Old City. This restaurant and wine bar (called “Il Bar”) is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for owning and operating the “largest wine preservation and dispensing system in the world.” Because of this system, Il Bar is able to maintain 120 open bottles of wine for an extended amount of time. Its wine list offers close to 30 different flights to choose from, and each flight includes a set of five different wines. Enjoy $5 off each flight during happy hour, which runs Sunday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tinto Wine Bar
114 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tinto Wine Bar, located just a few blocks from Rittenhouse Square, offers a flight of three wines for just $18. The Basque country, a region in Northern Spain, inspired both the menu and feel of the bar. Tinto has a warm atmosphere and is designed to resemble an old wine cellar. The wine list offers a fine and diverse selection from northern Spain and southwestern France. Around 20 wines are available by the glass, while the bottle availability is much more extensive. As for food, Tinto serves what is called pintxos, a form of tapas found in the upper most regions of Spain and northern France.
Jet Wine Bar
1525 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Jill Weber, an archaeologist and wine lover, started Jet Wine Bar to showcase her findings in wine from the region and around the world. The bar has a great selection, as Weber enjoys seeking out the obscure and trying new types of wine, which can be sampled at Jet. A different flight is featured every day, and on Tuesdays, you can build your own flight of three for only $10. To go along with the variety of wine, Jet has an ever-changing menu, which includes small plates such as sandwiches, cheeses and bruschetta.
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Vintage Wine Bar
129 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Vintage Wine Bar in Midtown Village has over 60 different types of wine you can order by the glass and 20 more that you can order by the bottle. It offers flights in three-ounce pours for the sampling of three different wines. Every weekend afternoon, Vintage Wine Bar offers something called the “Weekend Special” where you can get a flight of three wines and an assortment of four cheeses for only $30. The “Weekend Special” runs every Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Devon Seafood Grill
225 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Located on the square in Rittenhouse, Devon Seafood Grill has a selection of four wine flights that you can choose from. Each flight contains three different types of wines and each offers either a variety of sparkling, red, white or blonde wines. All of them are under $15, with the champagne flight being the most expensive at $14. Along with its wines, Devon also offers fresh seafood, steaks and vegetarian meals.
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