Philly’s own Red Owl Tavern is going Red, White, and Blue! Make sure to drop in and check out the new selection of All-American wines from all over the US.
Red Owl Tavern, a Kimpton restaurant and the Historic District’s only contemporary full-service restaurant on Independence Mall, is taking inspiration from its historically significant location by presenting an all-domestic wine list that features compelling varietals from wine-making regions across America.
“We wanted a wine list that tells a story,” says Kevin Lundell, Red Owl Tavern Assistant General Manager and head of Red Owl’s beverage program. Lundell has led beverage programs for both the Starr Restaurant Organization and Garces Restaurant Group, including the opening wine selection at Garces Trading Co. “This list breaks American stereotypes and offers some truly intriguing wines. We looked at our concept, our location — we’re smack in the middle of America’s most historic intersection.”
The list is arranged into descriptive categories such as “White — Rich & Creamy; White — Crisp & Citrusy; Red — Soft & Juicy; Red — Bold & Dark; Red — Spicy & Earthy.” Of the 51 bottles offered, 14 are available by the glass. Nine half-bottles are also available under the “Small but Mighty” section. Wines by the glass range from $9-$16; bottles range from $33-$150 with the majority around or below $50.
Lundell says one of his favorite picks on Red Owl Tavern’s wine list is Galer Estate Rosé from nearby Chester Co., PA, with merlot, cabernet franc, petite verdot grapes. “We just got the ’12 in and it’s an excellent summer wine.” Other standouts include Ravines “Keuka Village” from New York’s Finger Lakes region as “an unusual wine that’s not a Riesling from an area known for Rieslings.” Lundell finds the Arizona Stronghold “Mangus” — a cool blend that leads with the Italian Sangiovese grape.
What Lundell likes about California’s St. Amant Tempernillo is that when the Spanish grape is grown in the hotter climate of Amador County, it takes on a whole new quality. “The new terroir brings a new structure that’s unique.” Additional picks include Guret Brut, a sparkling wine from Albuquerque, NM, and Wolffer Estate, Cabernet Franc, Long Island, NY.
“There’s also a healthy representation from America’s more traditional regions such as California’s Napa Valley and Central Coast,” Lundell says. “But we wanted to dig a bit deeper and find some unsung heroes that focus on a broader American terroir. We wanted to offer something you would not get with a typical all-American wine list. The wines are delightful — fun and delicious.”
ABOUT RED OWL TAVERN
Red Owl Tavern is a modern American tavern perched on the corner of 5th and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood. Directly across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, Red Owl’s menu is described as rustic, with an emphasis on simple, seasonal flavors. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily. Red Owl Tavern also features two exceptionally attractive private dining rooms below the main restaurant, taking advantage of the building’s original bank vault and arched brick ceilings to create unique spaces for groups of 10 to 30 guests. 422 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA; www.RedOwlTavern.com, 215- 923-2267.