This One's for the Fans!

Ease those Game 6 nerves with Mike Schmidt’s 548 Zin. PLUS: Victory Beer meets Chifa restaurant for dinner, and Chaddsford Winery talks turkey.

Liquid Schmidter Redux

Now that our favorite team is in the spotlight again, today seems timelier than ever to revive a bit of old news. I don’t have to tell you that the World Series has been a nail-biter since Game 2, when things started to get a little tough for the Phils—you’ve been feeling the anxiety right there along with me. And, with Monday night’s win and Game 6 on its way, tensions are mounting to Mount Everest heights.

Luckily, I came across a news tidbit that reminded me of one good karma way to settle those nerves: 548 Zinfandel, courtesy of California’s Eos Estate Winery and Hall of Famer/former Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt. (548 refers to Schmidt’s home-run record.)

I’m not going to lie; I have not tasted this wine. But the sound bites—flavors of raspberry jam, Bing cherries, spice, and a hint of chocolate—sound very appealing. (Though, personally, I need something a bit more bracing.)

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And, while you’re feeding your inner Zen, you’re also helping to raise money for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, to which all profits go. Looks like the bulk of our local wine and spirits stores carry the 548, too. The cost is $18.99.

What If?

If there is a Game 7 (please, please, pretty please!), you may not be too excited about this one. But, if the cleat drops, at least there’s a backup plan:

On Nov. 5 at 7 p.m., Downingtown’s Victory Brewing Company will join forces with Chef Jose Garces for a one-night-only Beer Dinner at Chifa, his Latin-Asian restaurant. The event will feature five courses of Chifa’s inspired cuisine, paired with Victory beers, including Victory’s newest offering, Yakima Twilight (a double IPA).

$55/person (excluding tax and gratuity). Space is limited, and reservations are required. 707 Chestnut St., Philadelphia; (215) 925-5555,

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Time to Think Ahead

Even though Halloween has barely passed—and CVS has already set up its Christmas merchandise—it is time to talk turkey. On Nov. 7, 14 and 21, Chaddsford Winery hosts a 1-hour wine-and-food-pairing classes that focus on pairing different varietals with the traditional dishes of a Thanksgiving feast.

For $20 per person, guests join a Chaddsford wine educator on a guided tour through the whites, reds, and sweet dessert wines that best complement turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. There are two tastings each Saturday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford; (610) 388-6221,

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