Wine Tasting & KenCrest Fundraiser | February 2019

Pinot Grape Clusters

Choosing a bottle of wine for a gift or a night out can be overwhelming. Have you ever walked into a wine store hoping to find that new perfect bottle but then end up choosing the one you always get or one with an interesting label? For most of, this is how we choose wines.

One of the most interesting things about wines is how they can vary based on where and how they’re produced. Trying one grape in a few styles you can see the differences side by side. For the February Wine Tasting & KenCrest Fundraiser we’ll look at some of the things that can be done with the popular Pinot grape for a side by side comparison. After tasting these wines you’ll be able to easily choose a few favorites next time you buy wine.

The tasting will include a Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris so we can learn the difference between these two similar styles of white wines. We’ll also taste Pinot Noir from Oregon, Santa Barbara, and New Zealand to see how the same style of wine can vary from one region to another.

This month’s tasting will be held on Wednesday, February 20th from 5:00 to 7:30 pm at A Tutti Pizza. The event is free but there is a suggested donation of $10 to support KenCrest’s mission of providing support and resources for people with special needs. Space is limited and RSVP’s are required. For more details and to RSVP, visit https://jonmillerhomes.com/wine-tastings/.

 

What’s the Philadelphia Sewer Line Insurance?

Broken Sewer Pipe

By Jon Miller, Realtor®

A few weeks ago postcards and letters were mailed to Philadelphia residents offering a protection plan for sewer and water lines. The letters included the official Seal of Philadelphia on the envelopes to keep them from looking like a scam, but a lot of people are asking if the program is legitimate. Here’s an overview of the background, what the plan is, and some insight to help you make a decision on whether or not to purchase the protection plan.

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How is the Roxborough Manayunk Real Estate Market?

Roxborough ManayunkIn January 2019, 38 homes sold in Roxborough and Manayunk. The same number of homes sold in January of 2018. We should expect to see a similar number of homes sold in February. In March, we can expect to see the number of homes sold double which makes February a very good month to put a home on the market since sold homes are an indication of buyer activity within the month or two before those sales are completed.

Home Values Are Up

The median sales price of re-sale homes sold in January 2019 is $238,250 compared to a median sales price of $225,000 in January of 2018, a 6% increase over the same time last year. The number of active listings decreased significantly from 251 active listings in January 2018 to 143 active listings in January 2019. These are indications that we can expect to be in a seller’s market over the next several months if things continue on the same path. Last Spring we saw a moderate seller’s market and the indications are that this coming Spring will be a strong seller’s market.

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A Tutti Pizza | Ridge Avenue’s All-Star

By Jon Miller, Realtor®

Over the summer of 2018, A Tutti Pizza opened it’s doors in the old All-Star Pizza space at 5154 Ridge Ave near the Wissahickon Train Station.

The restaurant is headed by owner Paul Marrone who opened A Tutti upon returning to Philadelphia after working in Las Vegas and helping his brother build a wedding venue in Arkansas. Paul wanted to open a restaurant for everyone, a comfortable neighborhood spot with great food and a great atmosphere. His goal is clear in his choice of the restuarant’s name which means “For Everyone.”

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5 Amazing Sonoma Wines You Can Buy in Philadelphia

Wine Tasting.Sonoma Wines.011619Most of us choose a wine because we’ve had it before so it’s easy to go back to the same old safe choices. Trying new wines can be risky, especially if you’re giving the wine as a gift, bringing it to a friend’s house, or will be spending a bit more than usual and not sure if you’ll like what you’ll get.

At my January wine tasting at A Tutti Pizza we tasted 5 Sonoma wines that I bought from the local PA Wine and Spirits store. I wanted attendees to have the opportunity to taste some new wines that they could easily pick up here in Philadelphia. We tried a selection of whites and reds so there was something for everyone.

All of these wines can be purchased locally at PA Wine & Spirits stores and all are worth trying. Prices range from about $19 to $25. As a general rule, most wines in this price range are made with a little more care than the less expensive bottles so they are a fairly safe bet but buying any of these will be a sure win.

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Sid and Joe | Roxborough Home Sold

Sid and Joe were getting ready to sell their home near Gorgas Park in Roxborough and were looking for a Realtor® to help them through the process. In our first conversation Sid had told me that she had seen my video on the Upper Roxborough Reservoir Preserve and reached out to me because they wanted to work with someone who knows and cares about the neighborhood and who does things like using video to help promote the neighborhood to the people who are most likely to love living in the area. Continue reading “Sid and Joe | Roxborough Home Sold”

Fall Fest 2018

The first annual Fall Fest was a huge success! We enjoyed a great night with great people and great food at A Tutti Pizza. Kids (and adults) enjoyed an evening of pumpkin decorating, painting, and pizza. Thank you to all who joined us!

Thank you to my co-sponsors The Binsfeld Lending Team, A Tutti Pizza, Rae Hearts Design & Photography, and Artist Jennifer Barrile for helping to put together an amazing event. Please take a moment to follow their social pages!

You can download photos from the event here. If you’d like to print photos without the watermark, you can do that by downloading the images to your computer.

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