The Allure of the Wine Bar
My funny valentine knew the way to my heart this year – a wine bar. I love wine bars, but particulary warm, friendly, neighborhood wine bars that know how to make a good cheese platter for under $5.
This Valentine’s Day Eve, my husband surprised me with a visit to a new local wine bar – Jet Wine Bar on South Street in Philadelphia — a little unassuming place with a nice selection of wines from around the world and a quaint menu to boot. The owner, Jill Weber, is an archaeologist and the chef is formerly of Rouge. Makes for a nice combination.
The place is tiny and the menu is small but that was all right up my alley – little snacks like savory scones, olives and spiced nuts; tarts (ham and leek or a fig and fennel); sandwiches; meat platters; and of course the cheese. We sampled the Provolone Auricchio (on the menu) and a really nice Spanish bleu cheese (off the menu) followed by a Valentine’s dessert – a chocolate tart.
All in all, much smaller than Tria or Vintage, but intimate with a very “local” vibe. I liked that. Plus it gives me hope that more places like this will pop up on that section of South Street.
Check it out.