A wine lover’s guide to Pennsylvania State Stores

Wine & Dine | August 24th, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Sam Gugino Like some creature that survives a nuclear holocaust, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has endured despite the Herculean efforts of three Republican governors and several Republican controlled legislatures. Wine lovers like me, who have tried to deal with this antiquated system over the years, have had their share of frustrations and […]

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Wine & Dine: Helm blazes a BYOB trail in Kensington

Wine & Dine | June 22nd, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Sam Gugino Chestnut Hill Food writer Sam Gugino travels the area looking for the best BYOBs and suggests the best wines for them. If you are nostalgic for those thrilling days of Philadelphia’s restaurant renaissance (which means you’re probably north of 60), take a trip to Helm in Kensington. (A new Helm just opened […]

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Wine & Dine: West Africa cuisine soars at Kilimandjaro

Wine & Dine | June 9th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Sam Gugino because little was known about the mysterious and very large continent of Africa until the 19th century, it was often referred to as the “Dark Continent.” For Americans, Africa is still a dark continent when it comes to African cuisine, with the exception of Moroccan cooking and occasional foodstuffs like Kenyan and Ethiopian […]

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Wine & Dine: Fond of a South Philly restaurant

Wine & Dine | June 2nd, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Sam Gugino While there are plenty of BYO restaurants in the Philadelphia area, quite a few with liquor licenses allow consumers to bring their own wine, usually with restrictions. For example, Fond, the restaurant I’m focusing on this week, allows wine brought in Tuesday through Thursday. Crow & the Pitcher, The Farm House, Neuf […]

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Wine & Dine: Sleight of hand at A Mano

Wine & Dine | March 17th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Sam Gugino Wine and Dine is a twice monthly column by Chestnut Hill resident Sam Gugino, a former Philadelphia Daily News restaurant critic and Wine Spectator Magazine columnist. Each column will review a Philadelphia area BYOB and offer wine pairing suggestions for anyone planning to visit. The restaurant’s name is A Mano (by hand), […]

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