COLUMN WRITTEN BY PHILLIP SILVERSTONE
This column is one of the last bastions of my former life. The one in which I was quaffing wine from sunrise to sunset all in the pretense of being a professional imbiber. I did it for nigh on 30 years and this weekly column is one of the final outposts of that facet of my career. I also open my weekly radio show with a natter and wine feature with Jill Weber at her JET Wine Bar in Philly.
But my world has expanded now that I produce and host a weekly 3-hour podcast. For example, recently, I attended theater openings for People’s Light’s “Auctioning The Ainsleys” and Theatre Exile’s “Rizzo.” I also enjoy cooking but every once in a while, a bloke who works 100 hours a week needs to be pampered at mealtime. So I took my dear wife to Zoës new location in Wayne. And what a clever bunny I am. It was delicious and affordable. Two of my favorite words, when used in the same sentence. This restaurant group describes itself as: “A fast casual restaurant serving a distinct menu of Mediterranean-inspired dishes:. The team who work in the Wayne restaurant seem to be having the time of their lives, especially Mary Lynn Glenn, the manager. Not a fancy place but clean and welcoming. You select from the menu behind the counter, order as you would in a fast food restaurant and then the piping hot, freshly made meal is brought to your table.
So here’s what to order, based on the Silverstone’s experience: Hummus Trio $6.79 (awesome); Steak Kabob $11.79 and Shrimp Kabob $10.09 (delicious); Steak Stack $7.79 (yummy steak sandwich, with portobello mushrooms, mozzarella and other tasty treats in sourdough); House Baked Cookie $1.99 and Yaya’s Chocolate Cake (X Rated!) $2.29. Welcome to the Main Line Zoës Kitchen. The eatery is at 613 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne. For more information, call (610) 688-2003 or check www.zoeskitchen.com.
Jill and I said it on last week’s show … well, I said it and she agreed: “Phooey to rosé wines being relegated to summer quaffing.” Stuff and nonsense. If Coke and Pepsi can be enjoyed in winter, then so too can pink wines.
SAVED “Magic Maker” Rose (approximately $15), is the perfect example, a bone-dry Provencal-style wine from California. According to the winery: “The wine is the result of a project from famous tattoo artist Scott Campbell and legendary winemaker Clay Brock. Although best known for his work on skin, Scott founded SAVED Wines, in part to make his ideal pink wine, a rosé for tough guys.” This wine is a blend of some scrumptious grapes: Grenache, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese with a drizzling of a couple of other grapes for some additional flavor. As you know I tend to find wine labels hovering between dull and awful. This one seriously rocks! The design reflects Scott’s interest in symbolism and superstition. The wine is fresh, packed with fruit and definitely defines summer sunshine in a glass, regardless of the season the other side of the window. There is an abundance of summer fruits, in particular strawberries and my old friend Granny Smith.
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