If you've ventured outside of your front door today, well, you are probably in dire need of some cheering up. Gray and slushy, this is the kind of day that is best spent indoors. Here at Meal Ticket we highly suggest making your way over to a.bar (135 S. 18th St.) where they are hosting a day of events celebrating the glorious fortified Spanish wine known as Sherry.
There's a tasting seminar happening right now for industry insiders but the Sherry fun for the public kicks off at 3 p.m with a happy hour featuring $1.50 oysters paired with a wide ranging and not often seen around these parts assortment of Sherries poured by local wine reps for $5 to $10 a glass. So if you're looking to tighten your Olorosso-Amontillado-PX intel, we'd advise you to get there early.
The tasting continues this evening at 7 p.m. with a 5-course Sherry pairing dinner at a.bar with Philly legend Terence Feury manning the stoves. It's $75 a person and there are still a few spots available.
Rounding off the evening is a late night happy hour a.bar will be pouring more hard to find Sherries, still wines made from the Palomino grape plus a few Sherry-based cocktails to highlight the many-faceted beauty of this often-misunderstood tipple.
A.bar Somm Tim Kweeder explains, "We're not looking to make Sherry so popular that it replaces Gatorade as the liquid of choice for football players for dousing onto their coach after they are done boogying and chest-bumping in celebration of a championship win. We're just here to spread the love of this often misunderstood adult beverage and drive Philadelphians to at least try a sip or three before writing off as an outcast in the bev world. Heaps of other cities with bustling food scenes even have Sherry bars."
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