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Gab Bonghi

Where to Find Interesting, Unusual, and Delicious Bottles of Wine in Philly

With the proliferation of bottle shops all over town, there’s never been a better time to be a wine-lover in the city

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Wines at Mural City Cellars
| Gab Bonghi

Gone are the days of relying on state-run stores to buy wine. Thanks to updates to Pennsylvania’s antiquated liquor laws spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic — causing many restaurants to pivot toward retail and takeout models — Philadelphia is experiencing a renaissance of excellent bottle shops right now. This new wave means that our wine selection has never been better, since bottle shops tend to offer wine that can’t be found in state stores. Use this guide to find interesting, unusual, and delicious bottles in and around Philadelphia. Happy hunting!

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Tinys Bottle Shop

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The aptly-named and charming Tiny’s Bottle Shop is tucked away behind Port Richmond’s bar/restaurant Lunar Inn. Despite its cozy intimacy, Tiny’s offers quite a selection of organic and biodynamic wine. Interesting and lesser-known bottles from the East Coast and local producers like Mural City Cellars stand alongside international specialties. Wines range from everyday drinkers priced under $20 to more ritzy sparklers. The staff is friendly and upbeat, and handwritten tasting notes that hang around bottles’ necks provide a personal touch. A shop favorite is “Tiny’s Chill Wine 3-Packs,” which include a bottle of red, white, and sparkling for between $60 and $80. Tiny’s also offers beer and cider.

Mural City Cellars

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Mural City Cellars is an urban winery with the especially unique goal of bringing affordable local table wines to Philadelphia. Mural City produces its own minimal-intervention wine from grapes sourced within a 300-mile radius of the city right in its store and features fantastic labels created by local artists. Stop in to shop, and definitely take a peek at the production area where the wine is made! Mural City also offers private tours and tastings.

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The Richmond Bottle Shop

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Convenient to Port Richmond, Fishtown, and Kensington, Richmond Bottle Shop is located within the larger Richmond Shops grocery store.  Along with hundreds of beers, ciders, and seltzers, Richmond Bottle Shop has a 700-bottle strong wine selection that includes approximately 70 natural wines. The shop rotates in eight to ten new wines each week to keep its selection fresh. 

Fishtown Social

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Fishtown Social uses the tagline, “Feel good about the wine you drink,” a philosophy that’s illustrated by a pretty shop full of sustainable, organic and biodynamic, smaller production wine.  The knowledgeable staff takes the intimidation factor out of selecting the right bottle and prominently displayed tasting notes provide even more of a roadmap. Pricing is equally as friendly, with bottles starting at just $15. (As a bonus: Fishtown Social gives back to the community by donating 100% of proceeds from sales of their $10 bottles of draft wine to local charities and causes).

Bottle Bar East

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Bottle Bar East is undeniably craft-beer-centric, demonstrated by an impressive 16-tap bar and walls of beer lining its chill shop. Even so, it also offers a surprising variety of natural wine and more casual canned wine. Pricing is approachable and affordable. Bottle Bar East also offers an array of artisanal cheese, charcuterie, and snack items.

Local 44

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Local 44 in West Philly has traditionally served the craft beer crowd, but over the past year the bottle shop doubled its wine offerings and now includes natural wine and vermouth in addition to bigger brands. Local 44 also offers wine-based aperitifs and local cheese, charcuterie, and pickles made in-house. 

The recently reopened Tinto, located in Rittenhouse, has reinvented itself as a neighborhood wine shop and pintxo (small bites and snacks) bar. Tinto Pintxo sets itself apart by specializing in value-priced, unique, and dinner-friendly Spanish/Basque wine, although it does offer a few international labels to round out the selection. Stop in for bites and wine and take a few bottles home as well. 

Vernick Wine

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Vernick Wine features a lineup of approximately 100 different bottles from around the world, spanning natural and organic to more classic styles, as well as a smaller selection of sherry, vermouth, and cider. The rotating inventory is personally selected by Ray Gazdzinski, wine director at Vernick Food & Drink, and his team to showcase approachable, affordable, and smaller production wine. The shop recently added a grocery section that sells house-made goods from the Vernick Food & Drink kitchen, other Philadelphia producers, and international purveyors.

a.bar+bottles

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a.bar+bottles, by the team behind a.kitchen, is Rittenhouse’s newest natural wine shop. a.bar+bottles carries a wide variety of organic and biodynamic, low intervention, small-production wine that demonstrates service and beverage director Frank Kinyon’s passion for healthy, earth-conscious products. Wines run the gamut from elegant to funky and include orange, rosé, traditional sparkling, and pét nat. Bottles can be enjoyed with meals at a.kitchen (for a corkage fee) or taken to go. a.bar+bottles also sells charcuterie from High Street Philly, chocolate from Éclat Chocolate, bitters, cocktail gear, books, and pantry items.

SALLY Philadelphia

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Fitler Square’s neighborhood natural wine bar, The Bottle Shop @ Sally, has a small but well-rounded selection of red, white, sparkling, rosé, fortified, and dessert wine that range from traditional to more experimental. Pair with Sally’s sourdough pizza and small plate specialties. The bottle shop also offers craft beer and cider. 

Wine Dive

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According to manager Jeffrey Hyman, Philadelphia’s first wine dive bar aims to take the pretension out of wine. Wine Dive’s list offers 215 different bottles and 20 different wines by the glass. Most are natural, sustainable, and made by small-batch independent producers. The extensive menu is arranged into categories such as “The Bolder, the Better,” “Pizza Wine,” “Te Amo,” “Natty Reds and Whites” (which are orange/skin contact wines), and “Bangin’ Blancs.” Wine Dive also offers campy cocktails, beer, ciders, and bar bites. Bottles are also sold at Hawthorne’s, by the same owners.

Bloomsday

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Located along the cobblestone streets of Headhouse Square and behind its famous green door, Bloomsday’s Fancy Wine Shop features owner and sommelier Zack Morris and sommelier Tim Kweeder’s extensive lists that deep dive into all colors of organic, biodynamic, oxidative, and small-production wines. Bloomsday also offers artisanal beer and natural ciders, and is the birthplace of Dumpster Juice Vermut, its own line of craft vermouth that consistently sells out within hours of a new release.

Le Caveau

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Chloe Grigi of Good King Tavern features a wide selection of small production, low-intervention wine in Le Caveau’s Bottle Shop. Pricing is very approachable, and the bottles are tagged with fun descriptions inspired by live-presentation sommelier lingo. The shop can be found on the first floor of Good King Tavern, which offers beer, cocktails, snacks, and dinner items for takeout.

Hawthornes

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Despite its designation as a beer cafe, Hawthornes stocks 300 different wines that are not carried in state stores. Bottles rotate monthly, and beer and wine delivery are available through Hawthornes’ Quick Sip service. Beer and wine are also available for takeout, along with cocktails and meals, and a new in-store coffee shop will satisfy the caffeine needs of those who prefer live shopping.

Di Bruno Bros. (multiple locations)

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Philly’s iconic Italian gourmet grocery store sells wine by the bottle at their Rittenhouse and Franklin Market stores and at the 9th Street Bottle Shop in the Italian Market. DiBruno carries a large variety of international styles with an expected emphasis on Italian wine but has also recently begun offering limited-edition collaboration wine made by smaller producers. DiBruno Bros. also carries a large selection of beer and cider to accompany their huge selection of fine cheese and provisions.

The Bottle Shop

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Located in the heart of the East Passyunk Ave restaurant strip, The Bottle Shop boasts wine from around the world, including every day bigger brands as well more specialized organic, pét-nat, and orange styles, and canned and boxed wine. The Shop’s list rotates often, and it also offers over 500 different beers, six of which are on tap along with two tap wines. 

320 Market Cafe

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320 Market Cafe was one of the area’s first bottle shops, and it was the very first to focus on natural, organic, and biodynamic wine. That philosophy continues today as owners Dave and Jack Cucinelli fill their shelves with an excellent selection of small production, conscientious, low-intervention bottles. The staff is happy to help with selections, whether in person or through their Wine Buying Guide. 320 Market Cafe has locations in Media and Swarthmore and also offers a wide variety of craft beer and takeout meals.

Jet Wine Bar

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South Street’s Jet Wine Bar has transformed into a small bottle shop specializing in Ancient World wines from Armenia to Lebanon to Romania. However, true to its slogan of being a global vineyard, Jet also offers other international and domestic favorites, from sparkling to orange to dessert wine and all styles in between. Jet also sells themed three-wine packs, boxed wine, craft beer, cocktails to go, and merchandise.

Cork, the Wine Shop at Cook

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Audrey Claire’s beautifully done Cork, the Wine Shop at Cook features over 140 different wines as well as selections of vermouth, cider, canned and boxed wine and spritzes, and bottled cocktails to go. The staff is happy to help guests sort through the many choices to find just the right bottle or pairing. Cork also sells a large selection of curated sweet and savory snacks, including cheese, salami, and chocolate, and offers a gift pantry stocked with barware, wine accessories, candles, linens, and epicurean books.

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Tinys Bottle Shop

The aptly-named and charming Tiny’s Bottle Shop is tucked away behind Port Richmond’s bar/restaurant Lunar Inn. Despite its cozy intimacy, Tiny’s offers quite a selection of organic and biodynamic wine. Interesting and lesser-known bottles from the East Coast and local producers like Mural City Cellars stand alongside international specialties. Wines range from everyday drinkers priced under $20 to more ritzy sparklers. The staff is friendly and upbeat, and handwritten tasting notes that hang around bottles’ necks provide a personal touch. A shop favorite is “Tiny’s Chill Wine 3-Packs,” which include a bottle of red, white, and sparkling for between $60 and $80. Tiny’s also offers beer and cider.

Mural City Cellars

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Mural City Cellars is an urban winery with the especially unique goal of bringing affordable local table wines to Philadelphia. Mural City produces its own minimal-intervention wine from grapes sourced within a 300-mile radius of the city right in its store and features fantastic labels created by local artists. Stop in to shop, and definitely take a peek at the production area where the wine is made! Mural City also offers private tours and tastings.

the inside of mural city cellars with couches, coffee table, plants, and a fridge stocked with wine Gab Bonghi

The Richmond Bottle Shop

Convenient to Port Richmond, Fishtown, and Kensington, Richmond Bottle Shop is located within the larger Richmond Shops grocery store.  Along with hundreds of beers, ciders, and seltzers, Richmond Bottle Shop has a 700-bottle strong wine selection that includes approximately 70 natural wines. The shop rotates in eight to ten new wines each week to keep its selection fresh. 

Fishtown Social

Fishtown Social uses the tagline, “Feel good about the wine you drink,” a philosophy that’s illustrated by a pretty shop full of sustainable, organic and biodynamic, smaller production wine.  The knowledgeable staff takes the intimidation factor out of selecting the right bottle and prominently displayed tasting notes provide even more of a roadmap. Pricing is equally as friendly, with bottles starting at just $15. (As a bonus: Fishtown Social gives back to the community by donating 100% of proceeds from sales of their $10 bottles of draft wine to local charities and causes).

Bottle Bar East

Bottle Bar East is undeniably craft-beer-centric, demonstrated by an impressive 16-tap bar and walls of beer lining its chill shop. Even so, it also offers a surprising variety of natural wine and more casual canned wine. Pricing is approachable and affordable. Bottle Bar East also offers an array of artisanal cheese, charcuterie, and snack items.

Local 44

Local 44 in West Philly has traditionally served the craft beer crowd, but over the past year the bottle shop doubled its wine offerings and now includes natural wine and vermouth in addition to bigger brands. Local 44 also offers wine-based aperitifs and local cheese, charcuterie, and pickles made in-house. 

Tinto

The recently reopened Tinto, located in Rittenhouse, has reinvented itself as a neighborhood wine shop and pintxo (small bites and snacks) bar. Tinto Pintxo sets itself apart by specializing in value-priced, unique, and dinner-friendly Spanish/Basque wine, although it does offer a few international labels to round out the selection. Stop in for bites and wine and take a few bottles home as well. 

Vernick Wine

Vernick Wine features a lineup of approximately 100 different bottles from around the world, spanning natural and organic to more classic styles, as well as a smaller selection of sherry, vermouth, and cider. The rotating inventory is personally selected by Ray Gazdzinski, wine director at Vernick Food & Drink, and his team to showcase approachable, affordable, and smaller production wine. The shop recently added a grocery section that sells house-made goods from the Vernick Food & Drink kitchen, other Philadelphia producers, and international purveyors.

a.bar+bottles

a.bar+bottles, by the team behind a.kitchen, is Rittenhouse’s newest natural wine shop. a.bar+bottles carries a wide variety of organic and biodynamic, low intervention, small-production wine that demonstrates service and beverage director Frank Kinyon’s passion for healthy, earth-conscious products. Wines run the gamut from elegant to funky and include orange, rosé, traditional sparkling, and pét nat. Bottles can be enjoyed with meals at a.kitchen (for a corkage fee) or taken to go. a.bar+bottles also sells charcuterie from High Street Philly, chocolate from Éclat Chocolate, bitters, cocktail gear, books, and pantry items.

SALLY Philadelphia

Fitler Square’s neighborhood natural wine bar, The Bottle Shop @ Sally, has a small but well-rounded selection of red, white, sparkling, rosé, fortified, and dessert wine that range from traditional to more experimental. Pair with Sally’s sourdough pizza and small plate specialties. The bottle shop also offers craft beer and cider. 

Wine Dive

According to manager Jeffrey Hyman, Philadelphia’s first wine dive bar aims to take the pretension out of wine. Wine Dive’s list offers 215 different bottles and 20 different wines by the glass. Most are natural, sustainable, and made by small-batch independent producers. The extensive menu is arranged into categories such as “The Bolder, the Better,” “Pizza Wine,” “Te Amo,” “Natty Reds and Whites” (which are orange/skin contact wines), and “Bangin’ Blancs.” Wine Dive also offers campy cocktails, beer, ciders, and bar bites. Bottles are also sold at Hawthorne’s, by the same owners.

Bloomsday

Located along the cobblestone streets of Headhouse Square and behind its famous green door, Bloomsday’s Fancy Wine Shop features owner and sommelier Zack Morris and sommelier Tim Kweeder’s extensive lists that deep dive into all colors of organic, biodynamic, oxidative, and small-production wines. Bloomsday also offers artisanal beer and natural ciders, and is the birthplace of Dumpster Juice Vermut, its own line of craft vermouth that consistently sells out within hours of a new release.

Le Caveau

Chloe Grigi of Good King Tavern features a wide selection of small production, low-intervention wine in Le Caveau’s Bottle Shop. Pricing is very approachable, and the bottles are tagged with fun descriptions inspired by live-presentation sommelier lingo. The shop can be found on the first floor of Good King Tavern, which offers beer, cocktails, snacks, and dinner items for takeout.

Hawthornes

Despite its designation as a beer cafe, Hawthornes stocks 300 different wines that are not carried in state stores. Bottles rotate monthly, and beer and wine delivery are available through Hawthornes’ Quick Sip service. Beer and wine are also available for takeout, along with cocktails and meals, and a new in-store coffee shop will satisfy the caffeine needs of those who prefer live shopping.

Di Bruno Bros. (multiple locations)

Philly’s iconic Italian gourmet grocery store sells wine by the bottle at their Rittenhouse and Franklin Market stores and at the 9th Street Bottle Shop in the Italian Market. DiBruno carries a large variety of international styles with an expected emphasis on Italian wine but has also recently begun offering limited-edition collaboration wine made by smaller producers. DiBruno Bros. also carries a large selection of beer and cider to accompany their huge selection of fine cheese and provisions.

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The Bottle Shop

Located in the heart of the East Passyunk Ave restaurant strip, The Bottle Shop boasts wine from around the world, including every day bigger brands as well more specialized organic, pét-nat, and orange styles, and canned and boxed wine. The Shop’s list rotates often, and it also offers over 500 different beers, six of which are on tap along with two tap wines. 

320 Market Cafe

320 Market Cafe was one of the area’s first bottle shops, and it was the very first to focus on natural, organic, and biodynamic wine. That philosophy continues today as owners Dave and Jack Cucinelli fill their shelves with an excellent selection of small production, conscientious, low-intervention bottles. The staff is happy to help with selections, whether in person or through their Wine Buying Guide. 320 Market Cafe has locations in Media and Swarthmore and also offers a wide variety of craft beer and takeout meals.

Jet Wine Bar

South Street’s Jet Wine Bar has transformed into a small bottle shop specializing in Ancient World wines from Armenia to Lebanon to Romania. However, true to its slogan of being a global vineyard, Jet also offers other international and domestic favorites, from sparkling to orange to dessert wine and all styles in between. Jet also sells themed three-wine packs, boxed wine, craft beer, cocktails to go, and merchandise.

Cork, the Wine Shop at Cook

Audrey Claire’s beautifully done Cork, the Wine Shop at Cook features over 140 different wines as well as selections of vermouth, cider, canned and boxed wine and spritzes, and bottled cocktails to go. The staff is happy to help guests sort through the many choices to find just the right bottle or pairing. Cork also sells a large selection of curated sweet and savory snacks, including cheese, salami, and chocolate, and offers a gift pantry stocked with barware, wine accessories, candles, linens, and epicurean books.

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